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History[]

The Mitsubishi A5M (Formal Japanese Navy designation Mitsubishi Navy Type 96 Carrier-based Fighter (九六式艦上戦闘機)) was the winner of the Navy Experimental 9-Shi Carrier Fighter competition[1], for which Mitsubishi entered their design with company designation Mitsubishi Ka-14, which proved superior to the Nakajima PA-Kai.[2] It was a carrier-based fighter aircraft and the world's first monoplane shipboard fighter to enter service[3] and the direct predecessor of the famous Mitsubishi A6M "Zero". The Allied reporting name was Claude.

Notes[]

  1. Mikesh and Abe 1990, p.173.
  2. Mikesh and Abe 1990, p.234.
  3. "Mitsubishi A5M4 (Claude)." militaryfactory.com. Retrieved: 12 December 2017.

Bibliography[]

  • Francillon, Ph.D., René J. Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War. London: Putnam & Company, 1970 (Second edition 1979). ISBN 0-370-30251-6.
  • Januszewski, Tadeusz. Mitsubishi A5M Claude. (in English). Sandomierz, Poland: Stratus, 2003. ISBN 83-917178-0-1.
  • Mikesh, Robert C. with Shorzoe Abe. Japanese Aircraft: 1910-1941. London, Great Britain: Putnam, 1990. ISBN 0-85177-840-2.

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