The LOOTM Archive

October 2012

The Mitsubishi J2M Raiden, Code Name Jack, was designed to intercept bombers over the Japanese home islands. It climbed quickly due to its good power-to-weight ratio--max weight of ~7600 pounds with 1820 HP. And it packed a punch with four large cannon.

It also ran counter to Japanese aircraft design philosophy, trading light weight for a more robust airframe. Broadly speaking, it was the Japanese equivalent of the US P-47 Thunderbolt.


The LOOTM for October

The Mitsubishi J2M Raiden

A pair of J2Ms being evaluated after WWII. More information at the wiki entry here:


Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden/Jack

This J2M3 resides at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino. CA. More here:


This model by Mike Grant is marked as one of the capture aircraft evaluated by the US military after the war. The simple scheme accentuates the clean lines. Mike is known as an outstanding model builder/reviewer and has his own company that produces decal for model kits. More here: