Type Zero Observation Seaplane / Mitsubishi F1M2 "Pete"
The Mitsubishi Type Zero Observation Seaplane (零式水上観測機) entered service in 1941 as a high performance biplane powered by a nine
cylinder radial engine. At the center was a large float with two
small outboard stabilizing floats.
Powered by a Nakajima Hikari
nine-cylinder air-cooled radial driving a two or three bladed propeller. Armament included 2 x 7.7mm machine guns fixed in the nose cowling plus a single flexible 7.7mm machine gun operated by the rear gunner. Under each wing on bomb racks could be carried 2 x 60 kg bombs.
F1M1: 4 prototypes.
F1M1: Two-seat reconnaissance floatplane.
F1M2-K: Two-seat training version.
Used for the duration of the the Pacific War, it earned a commendable war
record as an interceptor, dive-bomber, convoy escort, coastal
patrol and reconnaissance aircraft.
Code Name: Pete
Allied code named "Pete". Often dubbed "Washing Machine
Charlie" by Americans, flying around bases at night and kept
personnel awake occasionally droppings or flares, or firing machine
A total of 1,118 were built.
Crew Two (pilot, rear gunner)
Engine 1 x Nakajima Hikari
nine-cylinder air-cooled radial with a two or three bladed propeller
Maximum Speed 200 km/h
Range 400 miles
Armament (nose) 2 x 7.7mm machine guns (rear) 7.7mm machine gun
Bomb load (wings) 2 x 60 kg bomb