The A7M Reppu was designed to be an improved version of the famed A6M Zero fighter, and as such, retains some of its legendary older brother's characteristics. The Reppu is an overall smooth operator at most altitudes thanks to its decent acceleration, vastly improved speed and decent manoeuvrability.7 December 2015
Hello Friends! We would like to continue to brief you about the aircraft which will soon appear in our game. There are many fans of Japanese planes among our players, but there aren’t that many of the aircraft themselves. This is why we try to expand their tech tree and gradually add new planes to the game. Say hello to the A7M2 fighter!
The A7M was a train wreck of a development only exceeded by the Me410 debacle. It began by the navy asking for the A7M but seemingly they had forgotten that they had already asked Mitsubishi and by extension Jiro Horikoshi (designer of the A6M) and his talented team to update the existing A6M design and design another new aircraft that would become the J2M. Photographs and wind tunnel models of the Mitsubishi A7M Reppu, a Japanese fighter project towards the end of World War 2 Article by DestinationsJourney Ww2 Aircraft Fighter Aircraft Military Aircraft Fighter Jets Jiro Horikoshi Imperial Japanese Navy War Thunder Air Raid Ww2 Planes. If I flew anything within the BR range of those two planes in the Japanese lineup the entire rest of the Japanese team was one of those two planes with a 60/40 split A6M to A7M. 8 minutes ago, Miguel2198ESP said.
Kirill 'Lassar' Vostretsov, Game Designer:
Unfortunately, the Japanese aviation tech tree does not have enough aircraft at every rank, which is something that we are trying to rectify. We have already added the A7M1 - the prototype of the carrier fighter as a premium plane. We are now adding the A7M2 to the main line of Japanese carrier fighters. The aircraft has excellent technical and flight characteristics and we are sure that our players will enjoy it.
Some of the external features of its predecessor the A6M can be seen in the A7M2. However, the aircraft definitely increased in size and changed its shape. The A7M2’s size and wingspan are really large for a carrier based aircraft..
Sergei Volkov, Lead Flight-model designer:
The production variant of the A7M with index number 2. Unlike the prototype (which you already know about), this aircraft had the more powerful MK9A engine with an output of 2200 hp and a reinforced frame. The weight increase is compensated for by the new engine, so the aircraft inherited all of the best characteristics of its predecessor. The maximum speed has increased to 629 km/h while the climb rate has remained the same. There have also been no changes to the handling and maneuverability of the plane. This will be a very powerful weapon even if it is in the hands of an inexperienced pilot, so imagine what a real Samurai will be able to do with it!.
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Dr. Jiro Horikoshi, (22nd June 1903 – 11th January 1982), was a Japanese aeronautical engineer employed in the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries company, during which time he developed the fighter which would become the awe of all Allied pilots.
Horikoshi was born in Fujioka, where he attended high school. He later attended the First Higher School in Tokyo, and in 1927 he would graduate from the Aviation Laboratory of the University of Tokyo with an engineering degree. Almost immediately after, he became employed in Mitsubishi, in the Nagoya Aircraft Manufacturing Plant.
His first real success in aircraft design was the A5M, nicknamed “Claude” by the Allies. It saw heavy use in the Second Sino-Japanese War, where it proved to be dominant in the skies of China. The only plane at the time which proved to be a threat to the A5M was the Soviet Polikarpov I-16. In the last two years of the war, the remaining A5M’s were used as kamikaze aircraft.
It was not until 1940 when Horikoshi had his claim to fame. In 1937, the Japanese Imperial Navy requested a fighter with superior agility, speed, and most importantly, operational range. The first prototype of the Type 0 Carrier Fighter was introduced in 1940, nicknamed Rei-sen by its pilots, which translates roughly to “Zero fighter”, honoring the 2600th anniversary of the ascension of Emperor Jimmu to Japan's throne.
The plane featured a range of 1,180 miles, close to double that of the American P-40, the best comparable United States fighter at the outset of the war. Even the contemporary models of the famous British Spitfire and Hurricane fighters, which had won the Battle of Britain, had major problems with the Zero when they met in 1942. At sea, the situation was not much better, with even the United States Navy’s Grumman F4F Wildcat being outclassed by the Zero in most cases.
However, Japan simply could not compete with the sheer industrial might of the USA, having produced only 11000 Zero planes, while their American counterparts produced nearly a total of 40000 aircraft. Even so, the Zero, in the hands of the Japanese aces such as Saburo Sakai or Kinsuke Muto, was able to win 12-on-1 battles against Corsairs, Hellcats and Wildcats alike, in low to medium altitude combat. However, in high altitude combat, the Zero became outclassed by the new Hellcats and P-38 Lightnings.
Horikoshi was involved in design of many other fighters such as the Mitsubishi J2M “Raiden” (Thunderbolt) and the A7M “Reppu” (Strong Gale). 00 utc to ist. After the war, following Horikoshi’s sudden glorification in the eyes of the world, he stayed at Mitsubishi and designed YS-11 turboprop short-haul passenger aircraft. He left Mitsubishi in 1963 to become a lecturer at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Space and Aeronautics, and between 1965 and 1969, he was a professor at the National Defense Academy. Between 1972 and 1973, he was a professor of the Faculty of Engineering of Nihon University in Tokyo. Horikoshi was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Third Class in 1973. He passed away from pneumonia in Tokyo in 1982.
His legacy, however, still lives on, and the legend of the Zero Fighter will never be forgotten.
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