E8N "Dave", Japanese Reconnaissance Floatplane

Photograph of E8N "Dave" seaplane

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Nakajima E8N2 "Dave"


2 in open tandem cockpits
Dimensions 36' by 28'11" by 12'8"
10.98m by 8.81m by 3.86m
Weight 2910-4189 lbs
1320-1900 kg
Speed 186 mph at 9845 feet
300 km/h at 3000 meters
Cruising speed       115 mph
185 km/h
Climb rate 25 feet per second
7.6 meters per second
Ceiling 23,850 feet
7270 meters
Wing area 285.2 square feet
26.50 square meters
Power plant One 630 hp (470 kW) Nakajima Kotobuki 2 KAI 2 nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine driving a two-blade propeller.
Armament One forward-firing 7.7mm Type 92 machine gun
One flexible rear-firing 7.7mm Type 92 machine gun.
External stores 2 66 lb (30kg) bombs
Range 558 miles
898 km
Production A total of 755 aircraft between 1934 and 1940.
The E8N1 used a 580 hp Kotobuki 2 KAI 1.

Also known as the Type 95 Reconnaissance Seaplane, "Dave" was designed in response to a 1933 specification for a light reconnaissance seaplane to replace the E4N2. Aichi and Kawanishi entered low-wing monoplane designs, while Nakajima designed a modernized version of the E4N2.  The design team for Nakajima, led by Matsuo Kishiro, reduced the wing area and modified the tail, completing a prototype in march 1934. The resulting E8N1 ouitmaneuvered and outhandled Kwanishi's E8K1 and Aichi's E8A1 and was selected for production in October 1935. The aircraft performed well in combat and even won a few dogfights with Chinese fighters. It was also occasionally pressed into service as a dive bomber.

"Dave" was still operating from warships at the outbreak of war in the Pacific, but was being replaced by the Jake.


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