A5M file photo [1]


ManufacturerMitsubishi Heavy Industries
Primary RoleFighter
Maiden Flight4 February 1935


ww2dbaseThe Navy Type 96 fighters were the Japanese Navy's first monoplane carrier fighter. They were first introduced on 4 Feb 1935 and began their service in early 1937 aboard carriers against China during the Sino-Japanese War, out-maneuvering any aircraft the Chinese could put up in the air. They also saw action in the Pacific War, though the involvement against Americans were limited due to the introduction of the Zero fighters. During the war, dual-seat configurations of this fighter were also manufactured, mainly for training purposes. Near the end of the war, most of the remaining fighters were equipped and used for special attack missions.

ww2dbaseSources: Nihon Kaigun, Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Feb 2006


MachineryNakajima Kotobuki 2 KAI 1 nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine
Armament2x7.7mm Type 89 machine guns
Span11.00 m
Length7.71 m
Height3.20 m
Wing Area17.80 m²
Weight, Empty1,075 kg
Weight, Loaded1,500 kg
Speed, Maximum435 km/h

MachineryNakajima Kotobuki 41 or 41 KAI nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine
Armament2x7.7 mm Type 89 machine guns, 2x30kg bombs or 1x160l drop tank
Span11.00 m
Length7.57 m
Height3.27 m
Wing Area17.80 m²
Weight, Empty1,216 kg
Weight, Loaded1,671 kg
Speed, Maximum435 km/h
Service Ceiling9,800 m

MachineryNakajima Kotobuki 5 nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine
Armament2x7.7 mm Type 89 machine guns
Span11.00 m
Length7.66 m
Height3.15 m
Wing Area17.80 m²
Weight, Empty1,110 kg
Weight, Loaded1,422 kg
Speed, Maximum445 km/h


A5M4-K training fighter at rest, date unknownJapanese pilot KashimuraJapanese pilot KashimuraA5M aircraft at rest, date unknown
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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Commenter identity confirmed Hobilar says:
22 Sep 2007 03:52:45 AM

The Ki-18 was a prototype model tested in 1935 following interest shown by the J.A.A.F in the proposed Navy fighter (Ka-14). It was found to be neither fast enough nor manouvrable enough for the Armys reqirements and was not further developed.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
20 Feb 2009 08:40:27 AM

Info on photo: that shows A5M in front of hanger. Mitsubishi A5M4 of the 13th. Rengo Kokutai during operations in China. Date Unk. Code name (Claude) The A5M's successor, the Mitsubishi A6M2. Many Claude's were used for advanced fighter training. The few remaining aircraft, were used in kamikaze attacks against Allied ships cruising off the coast of Japan.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill/Anonymous says:
27 Dec 2009 05:15:32 PM

Only know A5M2 "Claude" now lies in cargo hold of Merchant ship sunk at bottom of Truk
Lagoon. Aircraft is barely recongnizable, after years under water it is only known
Claude in the World at this time.
4. passanger says:
1 Feb 2010 03:01:11 AM


Type-96 is also the first type of japanese navy plane which is made from only metals ^^

5. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
4 Jun 2010 06:18:37 PM

A Mitsubishi A5M (Claude) was captured by
Russian forces, the fighter was overhauled in the Spring of 1939, and test flown.
6. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
8 Nov 2011 07:37:15 PM


A5M4 in front of hanger assigned to the
13th Kokutai during operations in China.
7. sanjeet says:
2 Feb 2013 04:11:14 AM

Bill, may I know did the russians still kept the captured model off this A5M4 . Any museums adress? thank for your reply
8. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
26 Dec 2013 07:07:10 PM

Hello Sanjeet:

Sorry for the delay, I had no idea my comment had a reply.
Check on the internet there is a collection of the A5M4 photos taken by the Russians. The Claude was captured by the Chinese and turned over to the Russians for material support of the USSR.

The aircraft was test flown, evaluated and later
disassembled to study Japanese aircraft design I have no idea if the fighter still exists.

Type in Mitsubishi Navy Type 96 A5M4 "Claude" in Detail

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