Hagiri's A5M4

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Hagiri's A5M4
General characteristics
1 personCrew
1.7 tTake-off weight
0.33 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
9 800 mCeiling
Nakajima Kotobuki 41Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
558 km/hStructural
558 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 7.7 mm Type 89 machine gunWeapon 1
1 000 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
250 Ge icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png300/410/180Repair
150 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
20 Ge icon.pngAces
75 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
100 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png60 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png20 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png
This page is about the premium Japanese fighter Hagiri's A5M4. For other uses, see A5M4.


GarageImage Hagiris A5M4.jpg

The Hagiri's A5M4 is a rank I premium Japanese fighter with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.31. The plane is painted after the camouflage scheme of Japanese pilot Matsuo Hagiri, who used the A5M4 during his time in the fighter squadron on the Sōryū aircraft carrier.

The Allied reporting name for this aircraft was "Claude".

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics Max Speed

(km/h at 2,900 m)

Max altitude


Turn time


Rate of climb


Take-off run


Stock 431 421 9 800 12.5 13.4 10.0 10.0 325
Upgraded 464 447 12.1 12.3 16.7 12.8
Matsuo "Mustashio" Hagiri sitting on the wing of his A5M4 W-102.
Matsuo "Mustashio" Hagiri sitting on the wing of his A5M4 W-102.


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
558 558 420 ~12 ~4
Optimal velocities








< 280 < 320 < 360 > 324
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,000 m 680 hp 788 hp

Engine performance

Engine Name Number present
Nakajima Kotobuki 41 9-cylinder 1
Engine characteristics
Weight (each) Type Cooling
350 kg Radial Air
Engine power (Stock)
Mode Max Take-off
Arcade 557 hp 656 hp
Realistic/Simulator 551 hp 650 hp
Engine power (Upgraded)
Mode Max Take-off
Arcade 700 hp 799 hp
Realistic/Simulator 619 hp 718 hp
WEP Duration
Arcade Realistic/Simulator
25 seconds Infinite

Survivability and armour

  • No armour
  • Non-self-sealing fuel tanks (2 in each wing)
  • Oil cooling systems located in prone position (in each inner top part of the wing)
  • Open cockpit


Offensive armament

Hagiri's A5M4 is armed with:

  • 2 x 7.7 mm Type 89 machine guns (500 rpg=1000 total)

Usage in battles

The Hagiri's A5M4 is to be used in a fighter role, staying low and using the extremely quick turn times to get on the tail on the enemy is essential. Keep an eye on ammo levels and well as your surroundings, this is an extremely weak aircraft in terms of armour. It is relatively fast in a straight line, but not as quick as much of the opposition it will be facing in the game. It is recommended to use speed against biplanes as their turn times are nearly matched if not better than this monoplane.

Realistic battles

The A5M4 can accelerate to 350 km/h in just less than a minutes time from takeoff. Will climb up to 2,500 m in around one minute and fifty seconds time when climbing in a 20-degree angle. Dive speeds are decent as the A5M4 will exceed 550 km/h in an 80-degree angle from just 2,500 m height. Be careful though, once the A5M4 reaches 560 km/h, the plane will violently shake about and if the throttle isn't cut, the plane wings may rip off. Though speed can be gained in the dive, energy is not easily retained, taking only a minute or so to fall to back to the maximum speed of 380 km/h with WEP or 360 km/h without.

Decent horsepower with the typical Japanese light aircraft would give the idea that the plane would be great in the vertical axis dog fighting. With a problem with keeping constant fuel flow as the plane changes the angle on its vertical axis means it is better to stick with horizontal dog fighting which isn't a bad thing as it will outturn most all contemporary aircraft.

Simulator mode procedures

Hands-off carrier take-off (Auto engine control): Ignite engine, flaps: raised, elevator trim: 6% up, aileron trim: 0%, rudder trim: 21% right, WEP throttle, hands off controls until the plane lifts off the carrier.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs
III Wings repair Engine
IV Engine injection Cover
This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase

Pros and cons


  • Great turn time
  • Good visibility (in cockpit view)
  • Low stall speed
  • Fixed landing gear makes landings easier
  • Has combat, takeoff and landing flaps


  • Terrible survivability (open cockpit, no armour, and fuel tanks are not self-sealing)
  • Fixed landing gear creates more drag
  • Poor gun cooling; easily jams
  • Suffers from fuel starvation problems (RB/SB)


Matsuo Hagiri

From War Thunder News:

Japanese ace pilot Matsuo Hagiri of the Imperal Japanese Navy.
Matsuo Hagiri was born in Shizuoka Prefecture on the southern coast of the Japanese island of Honshu in November 1913. After finishing school he worked briefly as a fireman before joining the Enlisted ranks of the Imperial Japanese Navy. A gifted aviator, Hagiri was streamed onto single seat fighters after the excelling during the notoriously harsh and competitive training regime of Japanese naval aviators. He graduated from flying training in 1935; by 1939 he had risen through the ranks to become a Petty Officer – 1st Class and flew the Mitsubishi A5M4 fighter as part of the carrier Soryu’s embarked fighter squadron. Soryu was stationed in home waters for training after a busy period of operations during the Second Sino-Japanese War. In August 1940 Hagiri joined the 12th Ku - his unit were shortly to equip with the new Mitsubishi A6M ‘Zero’ – a move which was met with some resentment at first by some pilots as the older A5M4 was able to outmaneuver the newer fighter in a variety of scenarios during mock dog fights. Hagiri was one of the pilots selected to transport the first batch of new Zero fighters across to Hankow, China for operational use.

However, Hagiri persevered and on August 19th 1940 was one of the pilots who flew with the 12th Air Group in the historic combat debut of the legendary fighter. The mission, led by Lieutenant Tomotsu Yokoyama, involved twelve A6M fighters escorting a bomber force to Chunking. Whilst the Japanese aircraft were not engaged in air-to-air combat the Zero did stun the world by establishing a new record for the longest distance escort mission flown by a single engine fighter at over 1000 nautical miles. However, when the Zero saw its combat debut the next month with Japanese naval pilots claiming 27 Chinese I-15s and I-16s shot down without loss in a single engagement, Hagiri – like his peers – found a new found confidence and respect in his aircraft.

By now a confident and flamboyant character (he grew a long, waxed moustache giving rise to his nickname ‘Mustachio’) Hagiri joined three other pilots from his unit in a dangerous prank on October 4th, 1940. The four Zero pilots flew to the Chinese airbase at Taipingsze, Chengtu where the four Japanese pilots landed, jumped out of their aircraft and attempted to vandalize a row of parked Chinese aircraft and set fire to the base command post. The alarm was swiftly raised and the four Japanese pilots were forced to sprint for their Zeros, bullets whistling past them as they fled. However, Hagiri still managed to find an opportunity to break away from his comrades and engage three Chinese fighters alone, shooting down two of them before heading for home. By the time Hagiri was rotated out of combat and returned to Japan he had shot down seven Chinese aircraft. With the outbreak of hostilities against the British Commonwealth and the United States, Hagiri was employed in Japan as an instructor.

The next busy period of operations for Hagiri came in July 1943 when, now promoted to Warrant Officer, he flew as part of the 204th Air Group in the Solomon Islands. On September 23rd Hagiri flew as part of a twenty seven aircraft Wing to intercept a combined American/Australian bombing raid against Kahili Airfield in Papua New Guinea and its surrounding anti-aircraft defences. Hagiri shot down two F4U Corsairs of the US Marine Corps (possibly three, according to some sources), but was so severely injured that his treatment required him to return to Japan. After recovering, Hagiri remained in Japan as a test pilot. However, he did see combat again when, along with several other test pilots, he was involved in defensive operations against American bombing raids on the mainland, during which he claimed two B-29 Superfortresses destroyed. In April 1945 he was wounded again by defensive fire from a B-29; this would be Hagiri’s last flight.

Matsuo Hagiri is credited with between thirteen and fifteen victories; he passed away on January 15th 1997.

In-game description

An all-metal single-seat fighter with an open cockpit and unretractable landing gear, it was the first carrier-based monoplane fighter in the world. Its prototype got off the ground for the first time on February 4, 1935.

This aircraft, with the tail number W-102, was part of the fighter squadron based on the aircraft carrier Souryu, of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

It was piloted by Matsuo Hagiri, a Japanese ace and test pilot who shot down 13 enemy planes. Hagiri was among the first sortie of Zeroes that accompanied the bombers during the Chongqing air raid.


  • Japanese aviators pose in front of Matsuo Hagiri's A5M4, Hagiri is seated in the center.

See also

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Mitsubishi Company (三菱商会)
Fighters  A5M4 · Hagiri's A5M4
  A6M2 mod. 11 · A6M2 · A6M3 · A6M3 mod. 22 · A6M3 mod. 22Ko · A6M5 · A6M5 Ko · A6M5 otsu
  A7M1 (NK9H) · A7M2
  J2M2 · J2M3 · J2M4 Kai · J2M5 · J2M5 (30 mm)
Hydroplanes  F1M2
Interceptors  Ki-83 · Ki-109
Bombers  G4M1
  Ki-21-Ia · Ki-21-I hei · Ki-67-I Ko · Ki-67-I otsu
Jet Fighters  Ki-200
Captured  ▃A6M2 · ␗A6M2
See also  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (1945+)

Japan fighters
Carrier-based fighter 
A5M  A5M4 · Hagiri's A5M4
A6M  A6M2 mod. 11 · A6M2 · A6M3 · A6M3 mod. 22 · A6M3 mod. 22Ko · A6M5 · A6M5 Ko · A6M5 otsu
A7He  A7He1*
A7M  A7M1 (NK9H) · A7M2
Land-based Fighter 
J2M  J2M2 · J2M3 · J2M4 Kai · J2M5 · J2M5 (30 mm)
J6K  J6K1
J7W  J7W1
N1K-J  N1K1-Ja · N1K2-J · N1K2-Ja
Fighter seaplane 
N1K  N1K1
A6M-N  A6M2-N
Ki-10  Ki-10-I · Ki-10-I C · Ki-10-II · Ki-10-II C
Ki-27  Ki-27 otsu · Ki-27 otsu Tachiarai
Ki-43  Ki-43-I · Ki-43-II · Ki-43-III otsu
Ki-44  Ki-44-I · Ki-44-I 34 · Ki-44-II otsu · Ki-44-II hei
Ki-61  Ki-61-I ko · Ki-61-I otsu · Ki-61-I hei · Ki-61-I hei Tada's · Ki-61-I tei · Ki-61-II
Ki-84  Ki-84 ko · Ki-84 otsu · Ki-84 hei
Ki-87  Ki-87
Ki-94  Ki-94-II
Ki-100  Ki-100 · Ki-100-II
Other countries  ▅F4U-1A · ▅Bf 109 E-7 · ▅Fw 190 A-5
  *Imported designation of the He 112 (A6M was in development - A7M wasn't heard of yet)

Japan premium aircraft
Fighters  Hagiri's A5M4 · A7He1 · Ki-27 otsu Tachiarai
  Ki-44-II otsu · ▅Bf 109 E-7 · ▅F4U-1A · Ki-100-II · Ki-44-I 34
  ▅Fw 190 A-5 · A7M1 (NK9H) · Ki-61-I hei Tada's
  J2M4 Kai · A6M5 Ko · J2M5 · Ki-87 · J6K1
Twin-engine fighters  Ki-96
Jet fighters  F-86F-40 JASDF▅
Bombers  Ki-21-I hei · H8K3 · ▅B-17E