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Aichi Seaplanes

The Aichi E13A, Allied reporting name 'Jake', was a long-range reconnaissance seaplane used by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) from 1941 to 1945. Numerically the most important floatplane of the IJN, it could carry a crew of three and a bombload of 250 kg (550 lb). In China, it operated from seaplane tenders and cruisers. Later, it was used as a scout for the attack on Pearl Harbor, and was encountered in combat by the United States Navy during the Battles of Coral Sea and Midway. It was in service throughout the conflict, for coastal patrols, strikes against navigation, liaison, officer transports, castaway rescues, and other missions, along with some kamikaze missions in the last days of war. The Aichi E16A Zuiun (Auspicious Cloud) Allied reporting name 'Paul', was a two-seat reconnaissance seaplane operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. It was a conventional, low-wing monoplane equipped with two floats and had the unusual (for a seaplane) feature of being equipped with dive brakes, located in the front legs of the float struts, to allow it to operate in a secondary role as a dive bomber. The Aichi M6A Seiran (Mountain Haze) was a submarine-launched attack floatplane designed for the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. It was intended to operate from I-400 class submarines whose original mission was to conduct aerial attacks against the United States. The first production examples of the Seiran were completed in October 1944. Deliveries were slowed by an earthquake near Nagoya on 7 December 1944, and by an American air-raid on 12 March 1945. Construction of the STo submarines was stopped in March 1945, after two submarine aircraft carriers had been completed and a third finished as a fuel tanker. These were supplemented by two smaller Type AM submarines, originally designed as command submarines carrying reconnaissance floatplanes, but capable of carrying two Seirans. Owing to the reduced carrier submarine force, production of the Seiran was halted, with a total of 28 completed (including the prototypes and the M6A1-Ks). Info: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aichi_E13A http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aichi_E16A http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aichi_M6A Profiles: Wings Palette http://wp.scn.ru/en/

Aichi Seaplanes
Roelf, Jun 9, 2011
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