F1M file photo [11916]


ManufacturerMitsubishi Heavy Industries
Primary RoleOther


ww2dbaseThe Japanese Navy F1M Type Zero Observation Seaplanes first took flight in Jun 1936. They were built to be launched from naval catapults. Introduced in 1941, they would prove to be the Japanese Navy's final biplane design. Four F1M1 prototype aircraft were built, followed by 1,114 F1M2 and F1M2-K production models; production ceased in 1944.

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MachineryNakajima Hikari MK1 radial engine rated at 820hp
Span11.00 m
Length9.50 m
Height4.00 m
Wing Area29.50 m²
Speed, Maximum368 km/h
Range, Normal1,072 km

MachineryOne Mitsubishi Zuisei 13 14-cylinder two-row radial engine rated at 875hp
Armament2x7.7mm forward Type 97 machine guns, 1x7.7mm rear flexible Type 92 machine gun
Span11.00 m
Length9.50 m
Height4.00 m
Wing Area29.50 m²
Weight, Empty1,928 kg
Weight, Loaded2,550 kg
Weight, Maximum2,856 kg
Speed, Maximum370 km/h
Service Ceiling9,440 m
Range, Normal740 km


F1M1 seaplane flying over Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands, 1942-1944Five Japanese F1M seaplanes at Rekata Bay, Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands, 1943F1M aircraft in flight, date unknownUS reconnaissance photo of the Japanese seaplane base at Kavieng Harbor, New Ireland, 15 Feb 1944; note Mitsubishi F1M2 Float Planes, US code named
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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
28 Jan 2011 12:34:24 PM

US Code Named “Pete”
2. Alan says:
29 Jan 2011 04:42:11 AM

Production totalled 1,118. Mitsubishi built 528 amd the 21st Naval Air Arsenal built 590.

A small number were converted as F1M2-K two seat trainers.
3. DHumphrey says:
16 Aug 2020 03:44:27 PM

Does anyone have any information on the units that used the F1M? Thanks

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