The Japan Air Self-Defense Force is known for its Zero Fighters during World War II and is still relevant today with their new-gen fighter jets. With that, let’s compare the aircraft sizes the Japanese Air Force ever operated.
MITSUBISHI A6M ZERO AND FUJI T-3
Let’s start with Japan’s smallest fighter jets, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, and the Fuji T-3. According to fighter-planes.com, the A6M Zero measures around 29.9-ft long, 10-ft tall, with a wingspan of 39.4-ft. On the other hand, based on Wikipedia, the Fuji T-3 measures 26.5-ft long, 9.11-ft tall, and has a wingspan of 32.10-ft. In context, Japan’s smallest fighter planes measure half as long as a bowling lane, half as tall as a giraffe, and as wide as six times the length of a queen-sized bed.
Next is this Japan’s average-sized combat jet, the Mitsubishi F-2. According to aircraftcompare.com, the F-2 measures 50.11-ft long, 16.4-ft tall, with a wingspan of 36.6-ft. In context, the average size of a Japanese fighter aircraft measures about three-and-a-half times as long as a Volkswagen Beetle, half as tall as a utility pole, and as wide as the length of six twin-sized beds.
MITSUBISHI F-15J AND F-4EJ
Lastly, we have Japan’s largest fighter plane, the Mitsubishi F-15J and F-4EJ. According to their website, the F-15J measures 63.9-ft long, 18.6-ft tall, with a wingspan of 42.10-ft. On the other hand, the F-4EJ measures 62-ft long, 16.4-ft tall, and has a wingspan of 38.39-ft, as stated on mhi.com. If we look at it differently, the largest Japanese combat planes measure as long as a cricket pitch, as tall as a giraffe, and as wide as the length of three Volkswagen Beetles.
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