Aviation of World War II
Mitsubishi Yukoge Kabushiki Kaisa
Year of foundation of the company: 1918. Until 1928, the company was a subsidiary of the Mitsubishi concern and was called Mitsubishi Nainenki Seizo KK, then it gained independence and a new name - Mitsubishi Kokuki Kabushiki Kaisa , but in 1934 it was re-incorporated into the concern. Since then, she has been known as "Mitsubishi Yukoge KK".
Leading constructors: Jiro Horikoshi, Kiro Hone, Tomno Kubo, Nobuhiko Hisabake, Ozawa, Nakata, Kiro Takahashi, Yoshitoshi Sone, Yoji Hatgori.
Plant locations: Naguno, Takaoka, Suzuka, Kagamigahara, Inami, Obu, Tsy, Okayama, Yaawata, Yokaichi, Naruo, Mitsushima, Kumamoto, Kyoto, Shizuoka, Nagano, Hiroshima, Ogaki, Fukui , Niigata, Koromo.
Major developments: A5M, A6M, J2M fighters, G3M, G4M, Ki-21, Ki-67 bombers, Ki-17 and Ki-46 reconnaissance aircraft.
Shipborne Fighter A6M "Reisen, Zero" , Mitsubishi participated practically in all air battles spent by imperial fleet. Its excellent manoeuvrability and high range became almost a legend.
The maximum point of development of this machine became model A-6M2, following modification A-6MЗ had more high-power engine, but smaller range, A-6M5 has been more hard armed, and A-6M6 had a reinforced armour protection and a payload and in a much more degree was a fighter - bomber. With use of external fuel tanks "Zero" had phenomenal radius of action. Such range was reached by means of the control system of engine power setting and in many respects depend on skill of the pilot.