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Mitsubishi Type Zero Observation Seaplane / Mitsubishi F1M2 "Pete"
Technical Information

Background
Click For EnlargementThe Mitsubishi Type Zero Observation Seaplane (零式水上観測機) entered service in 1941 as a high performance biplane powered by a nine cylinder radial engine. At the center was a large float with two small outboard stabilizing floats. Powered by a Nakajima Hikari nine-cylinder air-cooled radial driving a two or three bladed propeller. Armament included 2 x 7.7mm machine guns fixed in the nose cowling plus a single flexible 7.7mm machine gun operated by the rear gunner. Under each wing on bomb racks could be carried 2 x 60 kg bombs.

Variants
F1M1: 4 prototypes.
F1M1: Two-seat reconnaissance floatplane.
F1M2-K: Two-seat training version.

Wartime History
Used for the duration of the the Pacific War, it earned a commendable war record as an interceptor, dive-bomber, convoy escort, coastal patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.

Code Name: Pete
Allied code named "Pete". Often dubbed "Washing Machine Charlie" by Americans, flying around bases at night and kept personnel awake occasionally droppings or flares, or firing machine gun bursts.

Production
A total of 1,118 were built.

Technical Details
Crew
 Two (pilot, rear gunner)
Engine  1 x Nakajima Hikari nine-cylinder air-cooled radial with a two or three bladed propeller
Span  11m
Length  9.5m
Height  4m
Maximum Speed   200 km/h
Range  400 miles
Armament  (nose) 2 x 7.7mm machine guns (rear) 7.7mm machine gun
Bomb load  (wings) 2 x 60 kg bomb
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