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Mitsubishi F-1 Senpu

A Mitsubishi F-1 Senpū in flight.

The Mistubishi F-1 Senpū (Whirlwind) is a single engine multirole fighter in service in the Republic of Japan Air Force from the late 1970s onwards. It is powered by a single IHI J6-IHI-100 (currently J6-IHI-130) afterburning turbofan which provides 17,000 lbf dry and 28,000 lbf on the afterburner. The Senpu pioneered inovations including a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while maneuvering, a seat reclined 30 degrees to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system helps to make it a nimble aircraft. Early model F-1s are currently being replaced by the twin engine F-2 Reppū.

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