List of aircraft of the Japanese Navy

List of aircraft of the Japanese Navy
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The following is the List of aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, both past and present.


Pre-1945 Imperial Japanese Navy


  • Gloster Sparrowhawk 1921 carrier-borne biplane fighter
  • Mitsubishi 1MF 1923 carrier-borne biplane fighter (Type 10 Fighter)
  • Nakajima A1N 1930 carrier-borne biplane fighter
  • Nakajima A2N 1932 carrier-borne biplane fighter
  • Nakajima A4N 1935 carrier-borne biplane fighter
  • Mitsubishi A5M Claude 1935 Navy carrier-based fighter
  • Mitsubishi A6M Zero 零戦 "Reisen" Zeke 1939 Navy carrier fighter (type 0), the "Zero"
  • Mitsubishi A7M 烈風 "Reppu" Sam 1944 Navy carrier-based fighter
  • Nakajima J1N 月光 "Gekko" Irving 1941 Navy land-based night fighter
  • Mitsubishi J2M 雷電 "Raiden" Jack 1942 Navy land-based interceptor
  • Nakajima J5N 天電 "Tenrai" 1944 Navy land-based interceptor
  • Kyushu J7W 震電 "Shinden" 1945 Navy interceptor
  • Mitsubishi J8M1 秋水 "Shusui" 1945 Rocket interceptor based on the Messerschmitt Me 163, for Army Mitsubishi Ki-200 and Navy
  • Mitsubishi J8M2 秋水改 "Shusui-kai" Rocket interceptor, Navy version of Army Mitsubishi Ki-202
  • Nakajima J9Y 橘花 "Kikka" 1945 Experimental Navy jet-powered fighter.
  • Kawanishi N1K-J 紫電 "Shiden" 1942 Navy ground-based derivative of the N1K
  • Kawanishi P1Y2-S 極光 1944 Navy night-fighter derivative of the Yokosuka P1Y
  • Aichi S1A 電光 "Denko" 1945 Navy night fighter


Reconnaissance and liaison

  • Mitsubishi 2MR 1923 carrier reconnaissance aircraft (Type 10 Carrier Reconnaissance Aircraft)
  • Nakajima C6N 彩雲 "Saiun" Myrt 1943 Navy reconnaissance plane
  • Yokosuka R2Y 景雲 "Keiun" 1945 reconnaissance



  • Hitachi LXG1 (Liaison and communication)
  • Kawanishi H6K2/4-L (Transport Flying boat)
  • Kawanishi H6K3 (Transport Flying boat)
  • Kawanishi H8K2-L Seiku (Transport version of H8K)
  • Kawanishi E11K1 (Merchant Transport Hydroplane)
  • Mitsubishi K3M3-L "Pine" (Light Transport)
  • Mitsubishi L3Y1/2 (Armed Transport)
  • Mitsubishi G6M1/2-L (Armed Transport)
  • Mitsubishi L4M1 (Personnel Transport)
  • Nakajima C2N1 (Light transport)
  • Nakajima L1N1 (Personnel Transport)
  • Nakajima G5N2-L Shinzan "Liz" (Merchant transport)
  • Nihon L7P1 (Light amphibious transport)
  • Showa/Nakajima L2D2 "Tabby" (Merchants and Personnel Transport)
  • Yokosuka H5Y1 "Cherry" (Transport Hydroplane)
  • Kyushu K10W11 "Oak" (liaison and Communications)
  • Nakajima A4N1 (liaisons)
  • Aichi E13A1 "Jake" (liaisons and officer transport)

Flying boats and seaplanes

Modern Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

(post 1945)

Flying boats

  • Consolidated PBY-6A 1955 Reconnaissance & anti-submarine flying boat
  • Grumman JRF-5 1955 Search and rescue flying boat
  • Grumman UF-2 1961 Search and rescue flying boat
  • Shin Meiwa UF-XS 1963 experimental flying boat.
  • Shin Meiwa PS-1 1968 Reconnaissance & anti-submarine flying boat
  • Shin Meiwa US-1 1975 Search and rescue flying boat
  • ShinMaywa US-2 2007 Search and rescue flying boat US-1A kai US-1A 改(kai)(kai=improved)


See also

List of military aircraft of Japan

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