E7K file photo [16181]

E7K

CountryJapan
ManufacturerKawanishi Aircraft Company, Japan
Primary RoleSeaplane
Maiden Flight6 February 1933

Contributor:

ww2dbaseIn 1932, the Japanese Navy requested several Japanese aircraft manufacturers to develop a successor design to the E5K floatplanes; Kawanishi Aircraft Company's E7K design won the competition, beating Aichi Kokuki's AB-6 design. In early 1935, E7K floatplanes entered Japanese Navy service as the Type 94 Reconnaissance Seaplane. In 1938, the variant design E7K2 entered production, equipped with the more powerful Mitsubishi Zuisei 11 engines. E7K aircraft saw extensive service in the war in the late 1930s, but were made obsolete by the start of the Pacific War. They were withdrawn from front line service completely in 1943, relegated to rear area duties. At the end of the war, a number of them were converted for special attack missions. A total of 533 examples were built, 183 of which were of the original E7K1 design and 350 were of the later E7K2 design. Most of them were built by Kawanishi; 117 were built by Nippon Hikoki.

ww2dbaseThe Allied code name for the E7K aircraft design was "Alf".

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia

Last Major Revision: Oct 2012

E7K Timeline

6 Feb 1933 E7K floatplane took its first flight.

SPECIFICATIONS

E7K1
MachineryOne Hiro Type 91 W-12 liquid-cooled inline engine rated at 620hp
Armament1x7.7mm fixed Type 92 machine gun, 2x7.7mm trainable Type 92 machine guns, 120kg of bombs
Crew3
Span14.00 m
Length10.50 m
Height4.85 m
Wing Area43.60 m
Weight, Empty2,100 kg
Weight, Loaded3,300 kg

E7K2
MachineryOne Mitsubishi Zuisei 11 14 cylinder radial engine rated at 870hp
Armament1x7.7mm fixed Type 92 machine gun, 2x7.7mm trainable Type 92 machine guns, 120kg of bombs
Crew3
Span14.00 m
Length10.50 m
Height4.85 m
Wing Area43.60 m
Weight, Empty2,100 kg
Weight, Loaded3,300 kg
Speed, Maximum275 km/h
Speed, Cruising185 km/h
Service Ceiling7,060 m

Photographs

E7K aircraft in flight, date unknownAbukuma underway, circa 1941; note E7K1 floatplane on catapult




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