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D-3A "Val" "99"

Shipborne Assault Dive Bomber

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D3A Val, Rabaul 1943

D3A Val, Rabaul 1943

First prototype flown on January, 1938, after were produced 470 aircrafts type D-3A1 with engine "Kinsey-43", 1000 hp or "Kinsey-44", 1070 hp, 1939 .

In the beginning of World War 2 this airplane was the main aircraft of the Japanese Shipborne aircraft. In the autumn of 1942 its improved version D-3A2 (were produced 1016 pcs.). However by this time the design of an airplane is already obsolete; since 1943 the most part of rest D-3A2 were altered in educational D-3A2-K.

D-3A2 'Val' Specification
Crew 2
Dimensions
Wing span, m 14.37
Length, m 10.20
Height, m 3.85
Powerplant
PE "Kinsey-54" ("Mitsubishi"), hp 1300
Weight, kg:
Empty weight 2,570
Gross weight 4,120
Performance
Maximum speed, km/h 430
Time to 3000m, min 6
Service ceiling, m 10,500
Service range, km 1,350
Armament
7.7-mm machine guns in fuselage and in a rear cabin, pcs 2+1
External bomb load, kg 370

                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Photo Description

Drawing D3A1 model 11

Drawing D3A2 model 22 "Val"

Aichi D3A1 (99) at the airfield.

Aichi D3A1 (99) in flight at summer 1941.

Bibliography

  • E Aranov. Aichi B7A Ryusei/Grace
  • "Japan Aircraft of World War II." /Oleg Doroshkevich/
  • "Encyclopedia of military engineering" /Aerospace Publising/
D3A Val