Aichi D3A "Val"


Aichi D3A1
Under the cheers, an Aichi D3A1 leaves the Zuikaku carrier (Indian Ocean, 1942).
The D3A1 was Japan's standard dive-bomber at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack.
This plane was appreciated by its pilots, because it was manoeuvrable, and easy to control even during dives. Handling was so good, that the D3A was sometimes used as a fighter in the beginning of the war. With its elliptic wings and fixed landing gear, the plane is easy to recognize.
In April 1942, "Val"s sunk the British carrier "Hermes" and the heavy cruisers "Cornwall" and "Dorsetshire".

Development

Aichi D3A2 Aichi D3A2
Engine Mitsubishi Kinsei 54 14-cylinder radial 1,200 hp
Weight empty: 2,618 kg (5,772 lb) - loaded: 3,200 kg (7,055 lb)
Armament Two wing-mounted 7.7mm guns, one defensive 7.7mm gun in the rear cockpit.
Ordnance One 250 kg (550 lb) bomb, plus one 60 kg (132 lb) bomb under each wing.
Performance Max speed: 450 km/h (280 mph) Ceiling: 10,880 m (35,696 ft)

Stof's notes about this plane in iMOL's WarBirds

The opinions expressed below are only my own, and nothing more...
With the Zero, Val, Kate, Wildcat, Dauntless and Avenger, we have everything we need now for some great 1942-1943 "Carrier war" scenarios.

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