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Aichi E16A

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The Aichi E16A Zuiun ("Auspicious Cloud", Allied reporting name "Paul") was a two-seat reconnaissance seaplane operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.

Design and development

It was a conventional, low-wing monoplane equipped with two floats and had the unusual (for a seaplane) feature of being equipped with dive brakes to allow it to operate in a secondary role as a dive bomber.


Main production version.
Single prototype with Kansei 62 piston engine.



Specifications (E16A1)

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two (pilot and observer)
  • Length: 10.83 m (35 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 12.81 m (42 ft)
  • Height: 4.79 m (15 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 28 m² (300 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 2,945 kg (6,490 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 4,553 kg (10,000 lb)
  • Powerplant:Mitsubishi Kinsei 54 radial engine, 970 kw (1,300 hp)



See also

Comparable aircraft

Related lists




  • Green, William. "Aichi E16A1 Zui-un (Paul)". War Planes of the Second World War, Volume Six: Floatplanes. London: Macdonald & Co.(Publishers) Ltd., 1962, p. 116-118.
  • Taylor, Michael J.H. Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions, 1989, p. 43.
  • Francillon, René J. Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War. London: Putnam & Company Ltd., 1979. ISBN 0-370-30251-6.

External links

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