A7M2 Reppu (“Strong Gale”) : The IJN Zero successor
The A7M2 Reppū (“Strong Gale”) was designed as the new carrier-based fighter of the IJN with development beginning in 1942. However, only 9 units were built. Production was partially disrupted by allied raids and Nagoya Earthquake on December 1944.
“She is the fastest fighter I had ever seen, able to surpass anything on the air, Japanese or American. I could fly in circles, while ascending, around a Hellcat or a Mustang up to 12,000 meters.”