Profile Publications No. 129 The Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero-Sen

Rcisens await their turn to be burnt at the end o f the war, alongside a G3M2 and a D3A2. The letters and numbers in parenthesis which follow the unit’s name represent the tail markings of the aircraft, i.e. an A6M2 of the carrier ak"A g i" carried a tail number starting with AI-1 ..such as AI-101, AI-105, etc. See colour illustrations. Table III: IMP E RIAL JAPANESE NAVY ORDER O F BATTLE OPE RATIONAL FIRST LINE FIGHTER UNITS 14th July ,1942 Third Kantai: First Koku Sentai: Shokaku (El-1 ..)27 A6M2 Zuikaku (Ell-1 ..)27 A6M2 Zu iho (EIII-1 ..)21 A6M2 Second Koku Sentai: Hiyo (DI-1 ..)21 A6M2 Junyo (Dll-1 ..)21 A6M2 Ryujo (DIII-1 ..)24 A6M2 Fifth Kantai: 5th Kokutai 12 A6M2-N Eighth Kantai: 2nd Kokutai (Q-1 ..)Eleventh Kantai: 22nd Koku Sentai: G enian Kokutai (G-1 ..) 24th Koku Sentai: Chitose Kokutai (S-1 ..)1 st Kokutai W-1 ..) 25th Koku Sentai: Tainan Kokutai (V-1 ,Yokohama Kokutai 26th Koku Sentai: 6th Kokutai (U-1 ..)Southwest Area Kantai: 21st Koku Sentai: Kanoya Kokutai (K-1 23rd Koku Sentai: 3rd Kokutai (X-1 ..) Rengo Kantai (Detachment): Third Koku Sentai: Kasuga Maru (CII-1 •)•)•)16 A6M3 36 A6M2 36 A6M2 36 A6M2 60 A6M2 12 A6M2-N 60 A6M2/A6M3 36 A6M2 60 A6M 211 A6M2 TOTAL 492 A6M2 & A6M3 and 24 A6M2-N SPECIF I CAT IONS \Span Length Height Wing Area Empty Weight ...............Loaded Weight ...Maximum Weight Wing Loading* ...Power Loading* Fuel Capacity: Internal Drop tank ...Engine Take-off Rating ...War Emergency Rating .Maximum Speed ...Cruise Speed Climbing Speed ...in Service Ceiling ...Range: Normal Maximum Armament A6M 1120 m. 39 ft. 4 *in. 22-44 sq. m. 241-541 sq. ft. 1.652 kg. 3,642 lb. 2.343 kg. 5,165 lb. 104-4 kg./sq. m. 21-4 Ib./sq. ft. 3-0 kg./h.p. 661 Ib./h.p. 518 I. 114 Imp. gallons 330 I. 72-6 Imp. gallons Zuisci 13780 h.p. 875 h.p. at 3,600 m. 975 h.p. at 11,810 ft. 275 knots at 3,600 m. 316-5 m.p.h. at 11,810 ft. 5,000 m. 16,405 ft. 5 min. 15 sec. 2x7-7 mm. Type 97 2x20 mm. Type 99 Model 1 Mark 3 2x60 kg. (132 lb.) bombs A 6 M 2 (Mo del 21)12.0 m. 39 ft. 4-& in. 9-06 m. 29 ft. 8 ft in. 3-05 m. 10 ft. 0-^ in. 22-44 sq. m. 241-541 sq. ft. 1,680 kg. 3,704 lb. 2,410 kg. 5,313 lb. 2,796 kg. 6,164 lb. 107-4 kg./sq. m. 22-0 Ib./sq. ft. 251 kg./h.p. 551 Ib./h.p. 518 I. 114 Imp. gallons 330 I. 72-6 Imp. gallons Sakac 12940 h.p. 950 h.p. at 4,200 m. 950 h.p. at 13,780 ft. 288 knots at 4,550 m. 331-5 m.p.h. at 14,930 ft. 180 knots 207 m.p.h. 6.000 m. 19,685 ft. 7 min. 27 sec. 10.000 m. 32,810 ft. 1,010 naut. miles 1,160 st. miles 1,675 naut. miles 1,930 st. miles 2x7-7 mm. Type 97 2x 2 0 mm. Type 99 Model 1 Mark 3 2 x 6 0 kg. (132 lb.) bombs A 6 M 2 -N 12-0 m. 39 ft. 4-nr in. 10-10 m. 33 ft. 1 fin. 4-30 m. 14 ft. 1-jV in. 22-44 sq. m. 241-541 sq. ft. 1,921 kg. 4,235 lb. 2.460 kg. 5,423 lb. 2,880 kg. 6,349 lb. 109-7 kg./sq. m. 22-5 Ib./sq. ft. 2-60 kg./h.p. 5-73 Ib./h.p. 518 I. 114 Imp. gallons 325 I. **71-5 Imp. gallons Sakac 12940 h.p. 950 h.p. at 4,200 m. 950 h.p. at 13,780 ft. 235 knots at 5,000 m. 270-5 m.p.h. at 16,405 ft. 160 knots 184 m.p.h. 5.000 m. 16,405 ft. 6 min. 43 sec. 10.000 m. 32,810 ft. 620 naut. miles 714 st. miles 962 naut. miles 1,107 st. miles 2x7-7 mm. Type 972 x 2 0 mm. Type 99 Model 1 Mark 3 2 x 6 0 kg. (132 lb.) bombs A 6M 2 -K 12-0 m. 39 ft. 4 *in. 9-15 m. 30 ft. 0i in. 3-535 m. 11 ft. 7-^ in. 22-44 sq. m. 241-541 sq. ft. 1.819 kg. 4,010 lb. 2,334 kg. 5.146 lb. 2,627 kg. 5,792 lb. 104-0 kg./sq. m. 213 Ib./sq. ft. 2-48 kg./h.p. 5-47 Ib./h.p. 380 I. 83-6 Imp. gallons Sakac 12940 h.p. 950 h.p. at 4,200 m. 950 h.p. at 13,780 ft. 476 km/h. at 4,000 m. 296 m.p.h. at 13,125 ft. 345 km/h. 214 m.p.h. 6,000 m. 19.685 ft. 7 min. 56 sec. 10,180 m. 33,400 ft. 745 naut. miles 860 st. miles 2x7-7 mm. Type 972 x 6 0 kg. (132 lb.) bombs *At normal loaded weight and take-off rating. **Auxiliary tank in central float. PRINTED IN ENGLAND ©Profile Publications Ltd., P.O. Box 26, 1a North Street, Leatherhead, Surrey, England by George Falkner &Sons Ltd., for McCorquodale City Printing Division, London. U.S. 2nd Class Mailing Rates applied for.
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