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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse14 Apr 2018 9:04 p.m. PST

"The J7W1 fighter design is devised by Captain Tsuruno Massaoki, a member of the technical staff of the Imperial Japanese Navy. It is first envisioned as a jet-powered interceptor to counter American B-29 "Superfortress" high-altitude bombers. The "J" designation of J7W1 refers to land-based fighters of the IJN and the "W" to Watanabe Tekkojo, the company that oversees the initial design. In 1943, Watanabe changes its name to Kyushu Hikoki, K.K.

The original idea for the Shinden is as a jet powered aircraft, but a six-bladed propeller is installed instead in the rear of the aircraft. The large propeller needs an unusually long tricycle landing gear. It will have four 30mm cannon installed in the front to balance the heavy engine in the back. The J7W1 Shinden is also designed to be retrofitted with a turbojet engine as this technology matured.

Tsuruno's idea is presented to the First Naval Air Technical Arsenal and accepted for development. Three evaluation glider models are developed and constructed under the collective designation of MXY6. These systems prove vital in validating the handling capabilities of a canard-based design and one is even fitted with a single Ha-90 series 4-cylinder 22 horsepower air-cooled engine. Testing starts in 1943 and proves the design sound…"


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Lion in the Stars14 Apr 2018 9:54 p.m. PST

I do love that design. Even makes a re-appearance in the Sky Crawlers anime (and Wii console game).

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse15 Apr 2018 2:02 p.m. PST

Glad you like it my friend!. (smile)


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