|Role||Long-range reconnaissance aircraft and attack bomber|
|First flight||April 1934|
Design and development
The sole prototype G1M, initially designated Mitsubishi Navy Experimental 8-Shi Special Reconnaissance Aircraft and re-designated Mitsubishi Navy Experimental 8-Shi Land based Medium Attack Aircraft before first flight, was a predecessor of the Mitsubishi G3M, an important step for the Navy air force towards more capable land-based bombers such as the Mitsubishi G4M "Betty".
There is sometimes confusion between this aircraft and the Mitsubishi 3MT5 (also designated 'Mitsubishi G1M' and 'Navy Experimental 7-shi Carrier Attack Bomber'). The 3MT5 was a biplane and the 8-shi experimental Attack Bomber was a monoplane, two entirely different aircraft.
Data from Japanese Aircraft, 1910–1941
- Crew: 5
- Length: 15.83 m (51 ft 11 in)
- Wingspan: 25 m (82 ft 0 in)
- Height: 4.53 m (14 ft 10 in)
- Wing area: 75 m2 (810 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 4,775 kg (10,527 lb)
- Gross weight: 7,003 kg (15,439 lb)
- Powerplant: 2 × Type 91 water-cooled W12 engine, 480 kW (650 hp) each
- Maximum speed: 266 km/h; 143 kn (165 mph)
- Range: 4,408 km; 2,380 nmi (2,739 mi)
- Service ceiling: 4,600 m (15,092 ft)
- Time to altitude: 16 min 54 sec to 3,000 m (9,800 ft)
- Guns: 2× flexibly mounted 7.7 mm machine guns (one mounted in the nose and one in dorsal position)
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