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J8N Kitsuka

Jet Fighter

Nakajima

J8N Kitsuka

The Nakajima Kitsuka (Kikka) (中島 橘花 "Orange Blossom") was Japan's first jet aircraft. It was developed late in World War II and the first prototype had only flown once 7 August 1945.

Development of the engine was troublesome, based on little more than photographs and a cut-away drawing; but a suitable unit, the Ishikawajima Ne-20, was finally built.

NakadjimaPrototypeInterceptor
Crew 1
Dimensions
Wing span 10 m (32 ft 10 in)
Wing area 13.19 m² (142 sq ft)
Length 8.125 m (26 ft 8 in)
Height 2.95 m (9 ft 8 in)
Power Plant
2 × Turbojet engine Kugisho Ne-20 Ishikawajima Ne-130
Thrust, kgf 2 × 490 2 × 900
Weight, kg (lb):
Empty weight 2,300 (5,070) 3,000 (6,600)
Loaded weight 3,550 (7,800) 4,200 (9,250)
Performance
Maximum speed at alt. 690 km/h / 10,000 m
430 mph / 32,800 ft
710 km/h / 6,000 m
440 mph / 19,685 ft
Service ceiling 10,700 m (35,105 ft) 12,300 m(40,354 ft)
Service range 580 km (360 mi) 790 km (490 mi)
Armament
Cannon 2×20-mm Type 99/4 2×30-mm Type 5
1 bomb, kg 800 kg (1,764 lb) 800 kg (1,764 lb)
Photo Description

Drawing Jet Fighter J8N

Jet Fighter J8N, 1945

References

  • "Encyclopedia of military engineering" /Aerospace Publising/
  • "Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War " /Rene J Francillion./

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