Yokosuka MXY5

The Yokosuka MXY5 was a Japanese military glider produced for the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. The glider consisted of fabric-wrapped plywood covering a tubular steel frame. The design also featured a retractable undercarriage as well as an emergency skid. The design was flight tested in 1942. Only 12 were produced and none were used operationally. [1]

Role Transport glider
National origin Japan
Manufacturer Yokosuka Naval Air Technical Arsenal
Number built 12


original version; nine built
later version; three built

Specifications (MXY5 and MXY5a)

Data from Oblicza Historii[2], Fighting gliders of World War II[3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 11 troops; 1,020 kg (2,240 lb) cargo
  • Length: 13 m (43 ft)
  • Wingspan: 18.1 m (59.4 ft)
  • Wing area: 55.2 m2 (594 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,520 kg (3,350 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2,694 kg (5,940 lb)



  1. Donaldson, Graham (2000). "The Japanese paratroopers in the Dutch East Indies, 1941-1942". Archived from the original on 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2007-04-30.
  2. Królikowski, T. "YOKOSUKA MXY-5 KUGISHO" (in Polish). Retrieved 2007-04-30.
  3. Mrazek, James E. (1977). Fighting gliders of World War II. London: Hale. pp. 96-98. ISBN 978-0312289270.
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