at Patuxent River, Maryland (USA), in 1946-47. Four aircraft survived until the end of the war. One of these, an H8K2 (work number 426), was captured by U.S. forces at the end of the war and was evaluated before being eventually returned to Japan in 1979. It was on display at Tokyo's Museum of Maritime Science until 2004, when it was moved to Kanoya Air Base in Kagoshima. The submerged remains of an H8K can be found off the west coast of Saipan, where it is a popular scuba diving attraction known erroneously as the "B-29", or the "Emily". Another wrecked H8K lies in Chuuk Lagoon, Chuuk, in Micronesia. This aircraft is located off the south-western end of Dublon Island. [edit] Specifications (Kawanishi H8K2) Kawanishi H8K3 Data from Jane’s Fighting Aircraft of World War II[15] General characteristics Crew: 10 Length: 28.15 m (92 ft 4 in) Wingspan: 38.00 m (124 ft 8 in) Height: 9.15 m (30 ft) Wing area: 160 m² (1,721 ft²) Empty weight: 18,380 kg (40,436 lb) Loaded weight: 24,500 kg (53,900 lb) Max. takeoff weight: 32,500 kg (71,500 lb) Powerplant: 4 × Mitsubishi Kasei 22 radial engines, 1,380 kW (1,850 hp) each Performance Maximum speed: 465 km/h (290 mph) Range: 7,150 km (4,440 mi) Service ceiling: 8,760 m (28,740 ft) Rate of climb: 8.1 m/s (1,600 ft/min) Wing loading: 153 kg/m² (31 lb/ft²) Power/mass: 0.22 kW/kg (0.14 hp/lb The tail gunner position (without gun) )Armament Guns: 5× 20 mm Type 99 cannon (one each in bow, dorsal, and tail turrets, plus one each in two waist blisters) 5× 7.7 mm (.303 in) Type 97 machine guns in fuselage hatches Bombs: 2× 800 kg (1,764 lb) torpedoes or 1,000 kg (2,205 lb) of bombs or depth charges Avionics Mark VI Model 1 ASV radar

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