The prototype of the Nakajima C6N Saiun ("Painted Cloud"), a fast carrier-based reconnaissance plane, appeared on May 15, 1943. Difficulties with the engine prevented the aircraft from going into service until the summer of 1944. A total of 463 planes were built. The aircraft, known as "Myrt" in the Allied code, was used intensively in the last year of the war. Its fine performance at high altitude, particularly its high speed, led navy technicians to study two derivative aircraft, one for night fighter duty and the other one for torpedo duty. A few examples of the night fighter version (designated C6N1-S) were actually built. It was a C6N1 that was the last Japanese aircraft to be shot down in the war, on August 15, 1945, only a few minutes before the surrender.
Nakajima C6N1 Saiun
Type: reconnaissance aircraft Operator: Japanese Navy Air Force (JNAF) Crew: 2 (Pilot, gunner) Armament: one 7.92mm Type 2 machine gun in rear position Reference: Francillon: 434 Specifications: Length: 36' 1" (11.0 m) Height: 12' 11.9" (3.96 m) Wingspan: 41' 1.15" (12.5 m) Wing area: 274.479 sq. ft (25.5 sq. m) Empty Weight: 6543 lbs (2968 kg) Loaded Weight: 9921 lbs (4500 kg) Max Weight: 11596 lbs (5260 kg) Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Nakajima NK9H Homare 21 18-cylinder radial Horsepower: 1990 hp Performance: Normal Range: 1663 naut miles (1914 st miles) Max Range: 2866 naut miles (3300 st miles) Cruising Speed: 242 mph (210 kt) Max Speed: 369 mph (329 kt) at 20,015 ft (6100 m) Climb to/in: 19685 ft (6000 m) in 8 min 9 sec Ceiling: 35326 ft (10470 m)
Production: approximately 463 C6Ns
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