Mitsubishi 1MF10

1933

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Mitsubishi 1MF10

To meet a 7-Shi (1932) requirement for an advanced single-seat shipboard fighter to succeed the Nakajima A1N (Type 90), a Mitsubishi design team led by Jiro Horikoshi and assisted by Eitaro Sano, Takanosuke Nakamura and Tomio Kubo initiated work on the first cantilever low-wing monoplane to be designed in Japan, the 1MF10. Featuring a duralumin monocoque fuselage and a fabric-skinned duralumin wing, the 1MF10 was powered by a 710hp Mitsubishi A-4 14-cylinder two-row radial and carried an armament of two 7.7mm machine guns. The first of two prototypes was flown in March 1933, but was lost during the following July when the vertical tail surfaces disintegrated in a dive. The second prototype, which was completed shortly afterwards, differed essentially in having a new undercarriage, the three struts of each unit being replaced by single legs enclosed by trouser-type fairings. The 1MF10's max speed at 3000m proved to be 48km/h less than that required by the Imperial Navy and climbing performance was considered inadequate. The fighter was rejected for series production, the second prototype being lost after its pilot failed to extricate it from a flat spin in June 1934.

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Mitsubishi 1MF10A three-view drawing (1280 x 896)

Specification 
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight1578 kg3479 lb
  Empty weight1225 kg2701 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan10.00 m33 ft 10 in
  Length6.92 m23 ft 8 in
  Height3.31 m11 ft 10 in
  Wing area17.70 m2190.52 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed320 km/h199 mph

Comments
Bryan Edgerton, e-mail, 28.07.2017 05:47

Also kinda looks like a Polikarpov I-16

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Uncle Rob, e-mail, 31.03.2014 20:25

My thoughts exactly.

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Andy, e-mail, 30.11.2011 00:48

Is this airplane based off of the U.S. P-26?

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Aero-Fox, 17.03.2008 20:35

Seems this was the Japanese answer to the Boeing P-26 Peashooter...shame it didn't see service...

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