J2M Raiden




J2M Raiden

J2M Raiden
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interceptor
one
Mitsubishi Radial
1,820 h.p.
5,425 lbs.
8,700 lbs.
4- 20 mm
none
32 ft. 8 in.
35 ft. 5 in.
380 mph
3,850 fpm
38,500 feet
650 miles
3/20/42
1943

J2M Raiden fighters, produced by Mitsubishi, were the first dedicated Japanese Navy land based interceptor aircraft. The aircraft differed from the design of prior Japanese fighters in that it was produced for speed, high altitude operations, and climbing ability rather than maneuverability.

The J2M Raiden had a streamlined nose, made possible by using an extension shaft from the engine, set back in the aircraft, to the propeller.  It had a laminar flow wing, and a retractable tail wheel.

The J2M Raiden first flew in March of 1942, and immediately experienced engine problems which limited performance.

J2M Raiden fighters, fitted with more reliable engines, entered service in limited numbers beginning in December of 1943.

In the closing months of World War II, the J2M Raiden was assigned to defend the Japanese homeland, where it initially proved effective doing high altitude intercepts. It became less effective when American bombers switched to night flights at low altitudes.

A total of 621 J2M Raiden aircraft were produced by Mitsubishi.

RC Mitsubishi J2M Raiden
RC J2M Raiden

ESM's RC J2M Raiden has a wingspan of 81 in. and length of 74 in. It is of all wood construction with working flaps and optional retractable landing gear. Engines can be from 44 cc to 61 cc. Weight of the ARF is around 25 lbs.
The RC J2M Raiden by Gus Morfis Plans has a 32 3/4 in. wingspan. You can power it with a speed 480 size electric motor or .10 to .15 two stroke engine.

 

The AMA Plans Service has plans for a RC J2M Raiden with a 38 in. wingspan. Plan no. is 1037. Plans are also available in the Jan. 2010 issue of the AMA Magazine.

 




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