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J7W1 Shinden
General characteristics
1 personCrew
4.4 tEmpty weight
5.4 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
12 500 mCeiling
sec31.5/31.5/30.0Turn Time
127 km/hStalling speed
Mitsubishi Ha-43-42Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
900 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 х 30 mm Type 5 cannonWeapon 1
240 roundsAmmunition
450 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 х 60 kg Navy Type 97 Number 6 ground bombSetup 1
4 х 60 kg Navy Type 97 Number 6 ground bombSetup 2
78 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
310 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png13 000 / 16 380/15 390 / 19 391/5 430 / 6 841Repair
90 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
310 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 400 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.84 Rp icon.pngReward for battle


GarageImage J7W1.jpg

The J7W1 Shinden is a Rank IV Japanese fighter with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/SB) and 6.0 (RB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.43.

General info

Flight Performance

The Shinden has a maximum speed of 750 km/h (466 mph), making it quite fast and allowing for steeper dives; however, its turning rate is very slow, making it a very ineffective dogfighter.

Max Speed
(km/h at 8,500 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ? 703 12 500  ??.? 32.2  ??.? 15.3 650
Max Speed
(km/h at 8,500 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 12 500  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
900 450  ??? ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
< ??? < ??? < ??? > ???
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
 ?,??? m  ??? hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.


Offensive armament

Main article: Type 5 navy (30 mm)

The J7W1 is armed with:

  • 4 x 30 mm Type 5 navy cannons (60 rpg = 240 total)

Suspended armament

The J7W1 can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 60 kg Navy Type 97 Number 6 bombs (120 kg total)
  • 4 x 60 kg Navy Type 97 Number 6 bombs (240 kg total)

Usage in battles

The Shinden is armed with 4 30 mm frontal cannons, making it quite the slugger. Due to its slow turn time, it is usually best for the pilot to engage enemy fighters head-on, or from above and behind since usually, a single burst of shots can easily knock even heavy bombers out of the sky. Regarding fire from bomber gunners and head on engagements, the plane's armour enables it to take some beating to the wings, but the pilot is heavily exposed from the front. Should this plane be forced into a turning fight, it will almost certainly lose since its BR means it will face up against faster-turning Spitfires and P-51Ds. Its speed might be used to its advantage in order to retreat or gain some distance before attempting to initiate head-on combat.

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
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine
IV Engine Injection Cover

Pros and cons


  • Pilot has some protection in the back from the engine.
  • 4 30 mm cannons make for some great offensive firepower.
  • Fast
  • Since the engine and propeller are located in the rear, it is not likely to take damage or catch fire from shots landing at its front.


  • Slow turn rate.
  • Pilot more exposed at the front.
  • Since the engine is located in the rear, it is especially vulnerable to enemies behind it.
  • Shots to the front may damage its "tail" flaps.


The J7W1 Shinden (震電, "Magnificent Lightning") was an Imperial Japanese fighter of WWII that was built near the end of the war in an attempted response to the American B-29 Superfortress bombers. The aircraft used a canard wing formation, (canard wing formation refers to how the main wings are mounted at the rear of the fuselage and smaller wings are placed at the front. Similar to the Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender.) Like the Ascender, the J7W1 was never put into mass-production and was abandoned while still in the prototype stage.[1]

Developed with the intention of intercepting heavy bombers, it was given 4 nose-mounted 30 mm cannons.

Development of the aircraft began in 1944, but shortages of manufacturing supplies continued to delay its development and testing and the first prototype wasn't completed until April 1945. The Navy placed high hopes in the new model and it was originally hoped that the Kyushu's Zasshonokuma factory and Nakajima's Handa plant would be able to produce over a thousand of the aircraft by 1947.

The prototype first flew on 3 August 1945 from Itazuke Air Base. The plane flew a total of three times, each time as a test flight before it was grounded permanently due to the Japanese surrender and end of the war.

Various parts of the Shinden survived the end of the war and its fuselage can be seen at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.[2]


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.


  1. “Kyushu J7W1 Shinden (Magnificent Lightning).” National Air and Space Museum, 18 Apr. 2019, airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/kyushu-j7w1-shinden-magnificent-lightning.
  2. “Kyushu J7W1/2 ‘Shinden.’” Kyushu J7W1/2 - Shinden, tanks45.tripod.com/Jets45/Histories/Shinden/Shinden.htm.

See also

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