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Warbird Picture - Mitsubishi F1M2 on patrol, c. 1943

Mitsubishi F1M Aircraft Information

Mitsubishi F1M


Warbird Picture - Mitsubishi F1M2 on patrol, c. 1943

Picture - Mitsubishi F1M2 on patrol, c. 1943

Role: Reconnaissance float plane
Manufacturer: Mitsubishi
First flight: June 1936
Introduced: 1941
Primary user: Imperial Japanese Navy
Number built: 1,118

The Mitsubishi F1M (Allied reporting name "Pete") was a Japanese reconnaissance floatplane of World War II. It was the last biplane type of the Imperial Japanese Navy, with 1,118 built between 1936 and 1944. The Navy designation was "Type Zero Observation Seaplane" (零式水上観測機), not to be confused with the Type Zero Carrier Fighter or the Type Zero Reconnaissance Seaplane.

Design and development

The F1M1 was powered by the Nakajima Hikari MK1 radial engine, delivering 611 kW (820 hp), a maximum speed of 368 km/h (230 mph) and operating range of up to 1,072 km (670 mi) (when overloaded). It provided the Imperial Japanese Navy with a very versatile operations platform.

Optionally armed with a maximum of three 7.7 mm (.303 in) machine guns (two fixed forward-firing and one flexible rear-firing) and two 60 kg (132 lb) bombs

Operational history

Airplane Picture - Damaged F1M2s at Rekata Bay, 1944.

Picture - Damaged F1M2s at Rekata Bay, 1944.

The F1M was originally built as a catapult-launched reconnaissance float plane, specializing in gunnery spotting. However the "Pete" took on a number of local roles including area-defense fighter, convoy escort, bomber, anti-submarine, maritime patrol, rescue and transport. The type fought dogfights in the Aleutians, the Solomons and several other theaters. See also PT 34 sunk 9 April 1942 by "Petes".


F1M1 : Prototypes. Four built.
F1M2 : Two-seat reconnaissance floatplane for the Imperial Japanese Navy.
F1M2-K : Two-seat training version.



ABRI (Indonesian Air Force) operated aircraft captured from the Japanese after World War II.


Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service


Royal Thai Air Force

Specifications (F1M2)

Data from Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War

General characteristics

Crew: two, pilot and rear gunner
Length: 9.5 m (31 ft 2 in)
Wingspan: 11 m (36 ft 1 in)
Height: 4 m (13 ft 1 in)
Wing area: 29.5 m (318 ft)
Empty weight: 1,928 kg (4,251 lb)
Loaded weight: 2,550 kg (5,622 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 2,856 kg (6,296 lb)
Powerplant: 1x Mitsubishi Zuisei 13 14-cylinder two-row radial engine, 653 kW (875 hp)


Maximum speed: 370 km/h (200 kn, 230 mph) at 3,440 m (11,300 ft)
Range: 740 km (400 nmi, 460 mi)
Service ceiling: 9,440 m (30,970 ft)
Wing loading: 86.3 kg/m (17.7 lb/ft)
Power/mass: 2.9 kW/kg (6.85 hp/lb)
Climb to 5,000 m (16,404 ft): 9 min 36 sec


2 x fixed forward-firing 7.7 mm (.303 in) Type 97 machine guns
1 x flexible rearward-firing 7.7 mm (.303 in) Type 92 machine gun
Bombs: 2 x 60 kg (132 lb) bombs


Mitsubishi F1M "Pete" biplane/floatplane

Mitsubishi F1M "Pete" biplane/floatplane

Mitsubishi F1M "Pete" biplane/floatplane, rear view

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Francillon, R.J. Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War. London:Putnam, 1970. ISBN 370 00033 1.
Green, William. War Planes of the Second World War, Volume Six: Floatplanes. London: Macdonald & Co., (Publishers) Ltd., 1962.

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