"🇯🇵 Nakajima G8N" - (Heavy bomber aircraft) •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #Japan #Japanese #japaneseairforce #ww2Japan #postww2 #postwar #ww2history #heavybomber #imperialjapanesenavy #empireofthesun #empireofjapan #imperialjapaneseairforce #1940s #1944 #1945 #usairforce #1946 #capturedaircraft #history #japaneseaircraft #amateurhistorian •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The 🇯🇵 Nakajima G8N Renzan was a four-engine long-range bomber designed for use by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The Navy designation was "Type 18 land-based attack aircraft" the Allied code name was "Rita". •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The initial prototype was completed in October 1944 and delivered to the Navy for testing in January 1945, a year after the Navy ordered development to start. Three further examples were completed by June 1945, with the third prototype being destroyed on the ground by US carrier aircraft.
Other than minor problems with the turbosuperchargers, the Renzan performed satisfactorily and the Navy hoped to have a total of 16 prototypes and 48 production-version G8N1s assembled by September 1945. But the worsening war situation and a critical shortage of light aluminium alloys led to the project's cancellation in June.
One proposed variant was the G8N2 Renzan-Kai Model 22, powered by four 2,200 hp Mitsubishi MK9A radial engines and modified to accept attachment of the air-launched Ohka Type 33 Special Attack Bomber.
Just prior to Japan's surrender in August 1945 consideration was also briefly given to producing an all-steel version of the aircraft, to be designated G8N3 Renzan-Kai Model 23, but the cessation of hostilities precluded any further development.
After the war, one prototype was taken to the United States and scrapped after testing. None are in existence today.