Mitsubishi Experimental Special-purpose Carrier Reconnaissance Aircraft (2MR5)

The Mitsubishi Experimental Special-purpose Carrier Reconnaissance Aircraft (2MR5) was one of a series of aircraft designed for Mitsubishi by Dr Alexander Baumann of Stuttgart University.

The 2MR5 was developed as a private venture in 1927. It contained a number of innovations, including an all-metal lower wing with a water-type tubular spar that was designed to improve the aircraft's ability to float. It also used slotted landing flaps and slotted ailerons, both recent innovations. It was also designed to be lightweight, and had a loaded weight of only 3,086lb.

Surviving photographs show an angular single-bay biplane with unusual looking wings. The 2MR5 was heavy to control, and not seen as being a useful reconnaissance aircraft. Two prototypes were built, but development then stopped.

Engine: Mitsubishi-Hispano-Suiza eight-cylinder V water cooled engine
Power: 300hp
Crew: 2
Span: 33ft 5.5in
Length: 23ft 5.5in
Height: 10ft 3in
Empty weight: 1,984lb
Maximum take-off weight: 3,086lb
Max speed: 120mph
Climb Rate: 14 minutes to 9,843ft
Service ceiling:
Endurance: 5 hours

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (2 October 2013), Mitsubishi Experimental Special-purpose Carrier Reconnaissance Aircraft (2MR5) , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_mitsubishi_carrier_recon_2MR5.html

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