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Scinfaxi #1 Posted 09 December 2015 - 10:02 PM

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Welcome to another addition of Warplanes Wednesday, where I bring attention to rare, unique or just left out aircraft not featured in the game currently and give it the spotlight for all to talk about and enjoy.


This week is a Japanese Carrier Bomber that was too seasick and stayed on land, its the B5M!


The Mitsubishi B5M was an Imperial Japanese Navy land-based attack aircraft with an Allied reporting name of "Mabel" (also known as "Kate 61"). It was designed in response to a 1935 specification for a new bomber for use on the IJN aircraft carriers. The machine was to have a crew of three, folding wings for flight deck storage, a speed of not less than 322 km/h (200 mph), a flight endurance of not less than seven hours, and the ability to carry at least 800 kg (1,760 lb) of bombs - a tall order for a single-engine aircraft of the mid-1930s. It was intended as a backup for the Nakajima B5N "Kate" torpedo bomber. Although designed as a carrier based aircraft, it was relegated to land-based torpedo bomber duties in World War II. 125 were built.

The Japanese Navy designation was 九七式二号艦上攻撃機, or Navy Type 97 No.2 Carrier Attack Bomber. The "number 2" was to distinguish it from the Nakajima B5N, which was called 'Navy Type 97 No.1 Carrier Attack Bomber'.





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J311yfish #2 Posted 09 December 2015 - 10:37 PM

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Carronade32 #3 Posted 09 December 2015 - 11:37 PM

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xenofoxx #4 Posted 10 December 2015 - 05:18 AM

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Interesting aircraft.

Candidate for an IJN GA plane, I wonder?

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FreeFOXMIKE #5 Posted 10 December 2015 - 07:54 AM

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a close "cuz"    but the only vid I could find close thanks for the info. .

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