This small seaplane was the only Japanese aircraft to bomb United States territory during WWII. In 1942 a Yokosuka E14Y1 was launched from a submarine I-25 off the west coast of the United States. The aircraft reached Oregon and dropped four 167-pound phosphorus bombs in the middle of a forest. The distinctive feature of the E14Y was that it could be carried, partially assembled, inside a watertight container aboard a submarine. The Allied code name of this plane was "Glen". This small monoplane, with a wood and fabric skin, was widely used by the Japanese for reconnaissance flights over bases in Australia, New Zealand, Africa, and the Aleutians.
Yokosuka E14Y1 Type 0
Type: Sub-Borne Reconnaissance Seaplane Service: Japanese Navy Air Force (JNAF) Crew: pilot and observer Armament: one flexible rear-firing 7.7mm Type 92 machine gun two 132 lb (60 kg) bombs Reference: Francillon: 453, Mondey: Specifications: Length: 28' 0.25" (8.54 m) Height: 12' 5.6" (3.8 m) Wingspan: 36' 1" (11 m) Wing area: 204.514 sq. ft (119 sq. m) Empty Weight: 2469 lbs (1119 kg) Loaded Weight: 3197 lbs (1450 kg) Max Weight: 3527 lbs (1600 kg) Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Hitachi Tempu 12 9-cylinder radial Horsepower: 340 hp Performance: Range: 476 naut miles (548 st miles) Cruise Speed: 104 mph (90 kt) Max Speed: 153 mph at 16405 ft (133 kt at 5000 m) Climb to/in: 9845 ft (3000 m) in 10 min 11 sec Ceiling: 17780 ft (5420 m)
Production: approximately 126 E14Ys total
Additional information from the Military Aircraft Database on this aircraft HERE.
For a very nice scale color drawing of this aircraft, see here.
Additional color schemes for this aircraft can be found
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