Saturday, January 23, 2010

Divine Wind

A Mitsubishi Ki-15 prototype,
called Kamikaze-go (Divine Wind), became famous as the first Japanese aircraft to fly from Japan to Europe.

The Tokyo - London flight, sponsored by the Asahi Simbun newspaper, started on April 6, 1937. In April 12 the plane landed at London's Croydon airport. The total elapsed time since departure was 94 hours, 17 minutes and 56 seconds, with actual flight time for the whole distance of 15,357 km of was 51 hours, 19 minutes and 23 seconds.
Thanks to pinktentacle we can enjoy the greeting cards printed in Japan to honor the historic flight.

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