During the war the Dai-Ichi Kaigun Kokusho (First Naval Air Arsenal) at Kasumigaura converted a number of aircraft to Navy Type 96 transports, known to the Allies as "Tina", with a row of cabin windows, and a door on the port side, and two versions were built. The L3Y1 model 11, powered by the Kinsei 3, was modified from the G3M1 while the L3Y2 Model 12 was converted from the Kinsei 45 powered G3M2. Defensive armament consisted of a single 7.7 mm machine gun.
Kasumiguara L3Y2 Type 96
Type: Land Based transport Service: Japanese Navy Air Force (JNAF) Crew: (unknown) Armament: one 7.7mm Type 92 machine gun Reference: Francillon: 356 Specifications: Length: 53' 11.5" (16.45 m) Height: 12' 1" (3.685 m) Wingspan: 82' 0.25" (25 m) Wing area: 807.3 sq. ft (75 sq. m) Empty Weight: 11,551 lbs (5243 kg) Max Weight: 17,637 lbs (8000 kg) Propulsion: No. of Engines: 2 Powerplant: Mitsubishi Kinsei 45 14-cylinder radial Horsepower: 1075 hp each Performance: Range: 2722 st miles (2365 naut miles) Cruise Speed: 173 mph (150 kt/hr) at 13125 ft (4000 m) Max Speed: 201.5 mph (232 kt/hr) at 19360 ft (5900 m) Climb to/in: 9845 ft (3000 m) in 8 min 19 sec Ceiling: 29950 ft (9130 m)
Additional information on this aircraft can be found at Wikipedia HERE.
For a very nice scale color drawing of this aircraft, see here.
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