Kyushu J7W Shinden – Warbird Wednesday Episode #102

Kyushu J7W Shinden - Warbird Wednesday Episode #102, WW11 Japanese prototype, palm springs air museum, fighter airplane

Welcome to Warbird Wednesday! Today, we’re visiting a WWII Japanese prototype land-based fighter, the Kyushu J7W Shinden. The Kyushu J7W was designed to go after strategic bombers with a 18 cylinder engine, four forward-firing 30 mm cannons and top speed of 470 mph. The aircrafts canard-based design was due to Lieutenant Commander Masayoshi Tsuruno belief that the fighter could be retrofitted with a turbojet. Only two prototypes of the Shinden were ever completed. 

 

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