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Japan imported 20 Seversky 2PA-B3 "Convoy" escort fighters from the United States in 1937 for use in China. They were basically a two seat version of the Seversky P-35 fighter. It was incorrectly thought the type was later produced in Japan as a Kawasaki or Mitsubishi Type 98 and was code named "Dick" on this basis. The Japanese were unimpressed with the aircraft and eventually relegated two of them to the civilian Asahi Shimbun newspaper as "hacks."
Seversky A8V1 Type S ("Dick")
Type: Fighter Service: Japanese Navy Air Force (JNAF) Crew: Pilot and gunner Armament: 2-4 machine guns (unknown type) two 350 lb (160 kg) bombs externally Reference: Francillon: 496 Specifications (Seversky P-35): Length: 26' 11" (8.2 m) Height: 9' 10" (3.0 m) Wingspan: 36' 0" (11.0 m) Wing area: 219.5 sq. ft (20.4 sq. m) Empty Weight: 4564 lbs (2070 kg) Loaded Weight: 6105 lbs (2770 kg) Max Weight: 8688 lbs (3940 kg) Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-45 Twin Wasp radial Horsepower: 1050 hp Performance: Range (normal): 950 miles (1530 km) Cruise Speed: 260 mph (418 km/h) Max Speed: 310 mph (496 km/h) Climb to/in: 16,405 ft (5000 m) in 5 min 49 sec Ceiling: 31,400 ft (9570 m)
Quantity available: 20 from overseas purchase
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