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Nakajima B5N (Kate)

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The B5N was designed to meet an Imperial Japanese Navy 1935 requirement to replace the Yokosuka B4Y.  It was ordered into production as the Navy Type 97 Carrier Attack Bomber.  The prototype B5N1 first flew in 1937.

The B5N was used in the Sino-Japanese War predating World War II.  The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor included 144 B5N torpedo bombers.  The type was also responsible for sinking the U.S. Navy carriers Hornet, Lexington and Yorktown

"Kate" was the Allied code name for the B5N.

Specifications (B5N2)




Type: Torpedo-Bomber
Engine: one 1,000 hp (746 kW) Nakajima NK1B Sakae radial

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