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Kawanishi H6K Mavis
Technical Information

Background
Designed and built by Kawanishi Kokuki K. K. (Kawanishi Aircraft Company) at Naruo. In 1934, designed for an Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as a four-engine monoplane with twin tails, and a hull suspended beneath the parasol wing by a network of struts to meet a requirement for a long range flying boat as a followup to company's license-built H3K, an enlarged version of the Short Rangoon.

Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as Type 97 Large Flying Boat 九七式大型飛行艇 / Kawanishi H6K Mavis.
At the start of the Pacific War, this flying boat was arguably the most advanced in the world with an incredible range and advanced features until replaced by the H8K2 Emily.

Production
A total of 215 were built by Kawanishi Kokuki K. K. at Naruo.

Technical Details
Crew  8-9 crew (alternately 8 crew plus 10-18 passengers)
Engines  4 x Mitsubishi 14 cylinder air cooled radials driving three blade metal propellers
Span  40m
Length  25.63m
Height  6.27m
Maximum Speed  179 knots
Range  2,230 miles
Armament  One flexible 7.7mm machine gun in an open bow position, one flexible 7.7 mm machine gun in a power-operated dorsal turret and one hand held 20mm cannon in the tail turret
Bomb Load  2 x 800 kg torpedoes or up to 1,000 lbs of bombs or depth-charges



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