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Mitsubishi F1M2
Mitsubishi F1M2
General Historical Information
Place of origin Japan
Speed 370 km/h
General Ingame Information
Debut v0.15
Used by Japan
Guns 2 × fixed forward-firing Type 97 mg's
1x flexible rearward-firing Type 97 mg's
Seat 2 Machinegun
Historical Picture
Mitsubishi F1M2 Rei-Kan

The Mitsubishi F1M "Rei-Kan" (Allied reporting name "Pete") was a Japanese reconnaissance floatplane of World War II. It was the last biplane type of the Imperial Japanese Navy, with 1,118 built between 1936 and 1944. The Navy designation was "Type Zero Observation Seaplane" (零式水上観測機), not to be confused with the Type Zero Carrier Fighter or the Type Zero Reconnaissance Seaplane. The F1M was originally built as a catapult-launched reconnaissance float plane, specializing in gunnery spotting. However the "Pete" took on a number of local roles including area-defense fighter, convoy escort, bomber, anti-submarine, maritime patrol, rescue and transport. The type fought dogfights in the Aleutians, the Solomons and several other theaters. See also PT 34 sunk 9 April 1942 by "Petes". The F1M1 was powered by the Nakajima Hikari MK1 radial engine, delivering 611 kW (820 hp), a maximum speed of 368 km/h (230 mph) and operating range of up to 1,072 km (670 mi) (when overloaded). It provided the Imperial Japanese Navy with a very versatile operations platform. Optionally armed with a maximum of three 7.7 mm (.303 in) machine guns (two fixed forward-firing and one flexible rear-firing) and two 60 kg (132 lb) bombs. Pete's are been used on heavy cruisers like the Mogami. You can catapult your plane by clicking on the observation button (the alternative fire button). The plane can be also used on water.

Did You Know That?

A Japanese floating spotter biplane, the F1M2 "Pete", can be used as a rescue plane for more than 2 soldiers. When you exit it from pilot's or back gunner's position, you will be standing on the lower plane wing. Each wing can provide a safe ride for up to 4 soldiers. This is possible due to an invisible collision blocker at the back of wing edge, that keeps soldiers sticked to the wing while flying.

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