Mitsubishi J8M Shusui


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Mitsubishi J8M Shusui

Development of the Messerschmitt Me 163B rocket-powered fighter in Germany prompted Japan to acquire rights to build this aircraft and its Walter rocket engine. Because of losses in transit only one sample engine and an instruction manual for the Me 163 survived, and Mitsubishi was tasked with design of the interceptor which had the army and navy designations Mitsubishi Ki-200 and J8M respectively. With J8M1 prototype design finalised, the 1st Naval Air Arsenal began construction of a full-scale training glider version under the designation MXY8 Akigusa (autumn grass), and this was towed into the air and flown for the first time in December 1944. A heavier glider, with ballast tanks to approximate the weight of the operational aircraft, was also built under the designation Ku-13 Shusui (sword stroke). Design of the rocket engine was a combined project of Mitsubishi together with the army and navy, resulting in the 1500kg thrust Toko Ro.2, and this powerplant was installed in the first of the J8M1 Navy Experimental Rocket-Powered Interceptor Fighter Shusui prototypes completed by Mitsubishi. On 7 July 1945 the prototype J8M1 was flown for the first time, crashing soon after take-off as a result of engine failure, and no further examples were flown before the end of the war.

Mitsubishi J8M Shusui

 ENGINE1 x "Toko" Ro.2 rocket engine, 1500kg
  Take-off weight3885 kg8565 lb
  Empty weight1505 kg3318 lb
  Wingspan9.5 m31 ft 2 in
  Length6.05 m20 ft 10 in
  Height2.7 m9 ft 10 in
  Wing area17.73 m2190.84 sq ft
  Max. speed900 km/h559 mph
  Ceiling12000 m39350 ft
 ARMAMENT2 x 30mm cannons

Mitsubishi J8M ShusuiA three-view drawing (752 x 935)

Redfox123, e-mail, 03.04.2017 12:29

Its a rocket engine its just a liquid fuel Rocket I see this miss conception also with the ME163 and ALL the LA rocket variants 2-7 and it frustrates me a lot a ME163 with a jet engine of the time would never Go as fast Eg: Rocket: 700Km Jet: 300Km and Obscure reference ya insane right? well we could have had EVEN MORE if it wasn't for U.S anti-submarine aircraft that sunk one of the subs with More Blueprints! well First comment iv made Ever! Have a good flight!


Obscure refference, 19.03.2014 22:14

Really? Another ME German aircraft model copy?


Chris, e-mail, 15.06.2010 03:48

The thing with these types of aircraft is you don't have much fuel so you basically go strait up like a rocket, then glide back to base and hope to take an enemy down with you. Not to mention that half the time you blow up on take-off.


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