Soryu-class Aircraft Carrier


SoryuHiryu
(Model kits manufactured by Aoshima)

Actually, these two vessels were as different as two 'sister ships' can be. Hiryu was almost 4 feet greater of beam, 2,000 tons heavier, and had her island placed on the left side and farther aft on her flight deck. Both were sunk at Midway.

Soryu
Year Completed1937
Displacement18,880 tons
Dimensions746'5" x 69'11" x 25'0"
Speed34 knots
Armament 12 x 5"/40
28 x 25mm/60
71 aircraft
Crew1100

Hiryu
Year Completed1939
Displacement20,250 tons
Dimensions745'11" x 73'3" x 25'9"
Speed34 knots
Armament 12 x 5"/40
31 x 25mm/60
73 aircraft
Crew1100

Additional Info
Soryu Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)
Hiryu Tabular Record of Movement (TROM)

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Carrier Soryu fitting out at the Kure Naval Arsenal, Japan, early 1937View of SoryuCarrier Soryu, date unknownCarrier Soryu running trials, 22 Jan 1938, photo 1 of 2Carrier Soryu running trials, 22 Jan 1938, photo 2 of 2
Carrier Soryu fitting out at the Kure Naval Arsenal, Japan, early 1937View of Soryu's wake from the after end of the boat stowage deck, 1937Carrier Soryu, date unknownCarrier Soryu running trials, 22 Jan 1938, photo 1 of 2Carrier Soryu running trials, 22 Jan 1938, photo 2 of 2
Carrier Hiryu running speed trials off Tateyama, Chiba, Japan, 28 Apr 1939Carrier Hiryu shortly after commissioning at Yokosuka, Japan, 5 Jul 1939D3A1 dive bombers preparing to take off from Akagi to attack Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, 7 Dec 1941; carrier Soryu in backgroundAircraft carrier Akagi shortly after leaving Port Stirling, Celebes for the Indian Ocean, 26 Mar 1942; note B5N torpedo bombers on flight deckDiorama by Norman Bel Geddes of Kaga, Akagi, and Soryu under attack at Midway
Carrier Hiryu running speed trials off Tateyama, Chiba, Japan, 28 Apr 1939Carrier Hiryu shortly after commissioning at Yokosuka, Japan, 5 Jul 1939D3A1 dive bombers preparing to take off from Akagi to attack Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, 7 Dec 1941; carrier Soryu in backgroundAircraft carrier Akagi shortly after leaving Port Stirling, Celebes for the Indian Ocean, 26 Mar 1942; note B5N torpedo bombers on flight deckDiorama by Norman Bel Geddes of Kaga, Akagi, and Soryu under attack at Midway

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