N1K-J Shiden aircraft operated by Chief Petty Officer Koji Ohara of Japanese Navy Yokosuka Kokutai, 1945

Caption   N1K-J Shiden aircraft operated by Chief Petty Officer Koji Ohara of Japanese Navy Yokosuka Kokutai, 1945 ww2dbase
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Added Date 6 Jun 2013

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1. Ronald Boren says:
24 Feb 2017 11:29:03 PM

More Shidens were lost to poor landing gear failures than to combat.
The engine was also unreliable and limited at high altitude.
Despite these drawbacks, the Shiden was a feared fighter with it's 4 high velocity 20mm cannons and 2,000 hp engine. Shiden 11 WoF: 4.458k/s for 8.5 sec;
Shiden 21: 4.276k/s but for 24 seconds+.

It could beat you with horizontal or vertical tactics. It had unique automatic combat flaps to put off the stall in a turn. It did have a problem with auto rotation and spin out of control in the stall. It had armor as well as punch. The US pilots were taken by a captured Shiden when they tested it. It was effectively the true successor to the early Zero.
It was more of a contender against the Allied fighters than the prolific Zero 52.

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