Japanese Pete FLoatplane

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    Was this a good plane, what was it used for
     
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    The Mitsubishi F1M (Allied reporting name "Pete") was a Japanese reconnaissance floatplane of World War II. Between 1936 and 1944, 1,118 were built. The Navy designation was "Type Zero Observation Seaplane".

    The F1M1 was powered by the Nakajima Hikari MK1 radial engine, delivering 611 kW (820 hp), a maximum speed of 368 km/h (230 mph) and operating range of up to 1,072 km (670 miles) (when overloaded). It provided the Imperial Japanese Navy with a very versatile operations platform.
    Optionally armed with a maximum of 3 x 7.7 mm machine guns (2 fixed forward-firing and one flexible rear-firing) and 2 x 60 kg (132 pound) bombs.

    The F1M was originally built as a catapult-launched reconnaissance float plane. However the "Pete" took on a number of local roles including area-defense fighter, convoy escort, bomber, anti-submarine, ocean patrol, rescue and transport. The type fought dogfights in the Aleutians, the Solomons and several other theaters. See also PT 34 sunk 9 April 1942 by "Petes".

    This from "Wiki"..

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    Here's a pic...

    The picture is confusing because there are two of them in formation !

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    I see it thanks a lot charles
     
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    The first version (F1M1) revealed serious stability problems during the early flight programme, and a prolonged series of modifications had to be undertaken before the JNAF would accept the type for service. It had a strong tendency to porpoise on the water, and in flight directional stability was poor.
    The wing planform was changed from semi-elliptical to straight taper. The dihedral angle was increased; the vertical fin was increased by 85 percent, the rudder area by 30 percent and the main and wing tip floats were enlarged. The engine was also changed from a Nakajima Hikari to the Mitsubishi Zuisei.

    And the F1M2 was created.

    It was built to a 10-Shi specification requesting a catapult-launched short range observation seaplane to replace the Nakajima E8N1 ‘Dave’. Aichi and Kawanishi were also invited to submit designs but Kawanishi declined. Aichi produced a floatplane and landplane version of their AB-13 design but for various reasons it was rejected in favour of Mitsubishi’s F1M1.

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