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Mitsubishi J8M Shusui

Anticipating raids by U.S. B-29 Superfortresses, the Japanese government purchased license rights to the German Me 163 Komet.  Only an instruction manual and one sample engine made it to Japan; however, Mitsubishi was able to produce seven J8M Shusui (Sword Stroke) aircraft before the end of the war.  The prototype flew once, crashing shortly after takeoff.
     
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Type: Interceptor
Engines: one 3,307 lb (1500 kg) thrust Toko Ro.2 liquid fuel rocket
J8M: Imperial Navy designation
Ki-200: Imperial Army designation
MXY8: Training glider (named Akigusa - Autumn Grass)
     

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