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Historic Images March 18, 2018

Filed under: Ancestors,Ancestry,Genealogy — Janet @ 3:34 pm

14a1babd-52fb-43d9-a548-5c533d422c5e  Sir William Paulet, Marquess of Winchester, 1483-1571, my 14th Great Grandfather

Lady Anne Knyvett 14th GGM 1492-1558    Lady Anne Knyvett, my 14th Great Grandmother, 1490-1558

 

The Survivors: Mitsubishi J2M Raiden – The Last Japanese Thunderbolt

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 3:05 am

Aces Flying High

One of the better fighter designs operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War Two but not built in enough numbers, was the Mitsubishi J2M Raiden (“Thunderbolt” – Allied Code Name: Jack) land based interceptor used to attack Allied bombers such as the USAAF Boeing B-29 Superfortress. It was designed to be fast with a top speed 596km/h (370 mph – examples captured and tested by the United States using 92 octane fuel plus methanol, flew at speeds between 655km/h and 671km/h!), with an excellent rate of climb, to quickly reach the enemy bombers at altitude and later variants packed a punch with 4 x 20mm Type 99 wing mounted cannons to bring them down. It was armoured but maneuverability was sacrificed for speed and this pilot protection. Unfortunately performance at high altitude was hampered by the lack of an engine turbocharger on the main production Raiden aircraft.

Mitsubishi J2M1 Raiden prototype - the three J2M1 Raiden prototypes flew for the first time on March 20th, 1942 Mitsubishi…

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