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The Kyushu J7W Shinden [Magnificent Lighting] was an IJN experimental interceptor designed to intercept B-29 bombers.

In 1945, when the Americans were bombing Japanese cities with the B-29, Japan had to develop an aircraft that could match the altitude of these new bombers, which would be fast and have strong armament. The J7W Shinden [Magnificent lighting] was one of those fighters which could destroy B-29s while having speed, attitude performance and armament. it was ordered into production, however, as World War II ended before it could be mass produced. Only 1 aircraft was built, and can be found in the Washington air museum.

VARIANTS:

J7W1- the first propeller variant of J7W, and its the only version that was built.

J7W2- the jet version of J7W, only existed on paper.

J7W3- another jet version of J7W, also only existed on paper. Only diffirence was that this version had "bubble canopy"

DESIGN OF AIRCRAFT:

This plane did not look like other planes did. It has so called "cannard" design. This design had engine and wings in rear, while elevators on nose of aircraft - a design also used for the Curtiss XP-55 Ascender, an American aircraft. The propeller was six-bladed, and the whole aircraft itself was one of the most unusual aircraft ever built.


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