Dec 29, 2014

First postwar all-Japan fighter jet to fly soon

The Defense Ministry’s efforts to develop an all-domestic fighter jet, Japan’s first since World War II, are moving into full swing. A test model under development by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. is expected to make its maiden flight in mid-January. The ministry plans to ...

Oct 8, 2013

Japanese collector restoring rare WWII plane

Nobuo Harada, a collector of World War II-era Japanese aircraft, is working to rebuild a rare Ki-43 Hayabusa fighter from components recovered overseas in the hope of keeping wartime memories alive. No examples of the Hayabusa (Falcon), flown by the Imperial Japanese Army, can ...