Aviation of Word War II
J1N "Gekko / Irving"
The Night fighter Gekko (Moonlight), Nakajima. Twin-engine long-range escort fighter (J1N1), reconnaissance aircraft (J1N1-C and J1N1-R) or night fighter (J1N1-S and J1N1-Sa). All-metal construction with fabric-covered control surfaces.
Accommodation: Crew of three (J1N1, J1N1-C and J1N1-R), or two (J1N1-C KAI, J1N1-S and J1N1-Sa) in enclosed cockpit.
Armament: One forward-firing 20 mm Type 99 Model 1 cannon, two forward-firing 7.7 mm Type 97 machine-guns and four 7.7 mm Type 97 machine-guns in two remotely controlled dorsal barbettes (J1N1).
One rear-firing hand-held 13 mm Type 2 machine-gun (J1N1-C and J1N1-R).
One 20 mm Type 99 Model 1 cannon in a dorsal turret (some J1N1-R).
Two fuselage-mounted upward-firing 20 mm Type 99 cannon and two 20 mm Type 99 downward-firing cannon (J1N1-C KAI and J1N1-S).
Two fuselage-mounted upward-firing 20 mm Type 99 cannon and, optional, one forward-firing 20 mm Type 99 cannon (J1N1-Sa).
Production: A total of 479 J1Ns were built by Nakajima Hikoki K.K. at Koizumi as follows:
2 J1N1 prototypes (spring 1941)
7 J1N1-C prototypes (1941-42)
470 J1N1-C, J1N1-R, J1N1-C KAI, J1N1-S and J1N1-Sa production aircraft (July 1942-Dec1944)