A6M2-N Type 2 Float Plane Fighter (Rufe)
The "Rufe" was only one of
two types of single-seat float seaplane fighters of modern design
to participate in combat during WWII. The Japanese Navy instructed
Nakajima to build a float plane version of the Mitsubishi A6M2
Model 11 Zero (without folding wingtips).
A total of 327
built between December 1941 and September 1943. During late 1942, roughly twelve fighters were built per month. During this period, half of the production was sent to the Aleutians.
Crew One (pilot)
Engine NK1C Sakae 12 fourteen-cylinder air cooled radial
Maximum Speed 270.5 mph at 16,500'
Range 1,107 miles
Armament (nose) 2 x 7.7mm machine guns (wings) 20mm cannons
External 2 x 66lbs bombs