Introduced in early 1944, the Aichi B7A Ryusei was a WWII dive-bomber used by the Imperial Japanese Navy. Although it had been designed as carrier-based aircraft, it could only operate from Taiho aircraft carrier, which was large enough to scramble this big and heavy dive-bomber. However, Taiho was sunk during the Battle of the Philippine Sea, in June 1944. As a result, the B7A would operate only from land bases until the end of the war.

The Ryusei was a two-seat, single-engine aircraft, fitted with inverted gull wing, which could be folded for carrier storage. It had an all-metal fuselage and retractable landing gear. It could carry one 800-kg torpedo or a bombload of 800 kg. As defensive armament, the B7A had two 20mm Type-99 cannons, fitted in wings, and one 7.93mm Type-1 machine gun. Aichi Kokuki manufactured a total of 230 dive-bombers in three versions: B7A, B7A1, and B7A2.

Specifications

Wingspan: 14 m
Length: 11.50 m
Heigh: 4 m
Engine: Nakajima NK9C 12, with 18 cylinder and delivering 1,825 hp
Maximum speed: 352 mph (567 km/h)
Range: 1,890 miles (3,044 km)

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