Jap Zero Fighter Shows Nipponese Copying Ability

Here are shown silhouettes of some of the latest Japanese military aircraft, with a direct comparison between the famous Zero fighter, Germany's Focke-Wulf Fw 190h and Italy's Fiat G-50 Falcho 1 shown above. Note that all are powered by radial engines and all have inward retracting landing gear. The Zero's empennage appears to be a combination of both the German and Italian craft; the stabilizer and elevators copying the Fiat, the fin and rudder "lifted" from the Focke-Wulf. Wing and fuselage appear to follow the Nazi craft more closely than the Italian.

The Type 98 Mitsubishi Mitsu 104, an Army light bomber and reconnaissance-bomber, is reported to carry a crew of two or three at a maximum speed of 250 mph. at 11,000 ft., with a service ceiling said to be 25,000 ft. The Mitsubishi Mitsu 106 carries a crew of four or five.

The Type 97 Osaka shown at lower left bears a remarkable resemblance to the Cessna Airmaster developed in 1937. Even the dimensions are almost identical, the Osaka's wingspread being 34 ft, the Cessna 34 ft 2 in; the lengths being 25 ft 9 in and 24 ft 8 in respectively. Other Japanese craft were illustrated in Aviation for March, 1942.

This article was originally published in the August, 1942, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 41, no 8, p 213.
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