For unfortunate reasons Japan has been in the spotlight of late. And having seen footage of a fighter jet having drifted from its parking spot into a building on an air base in Miyagi, I thought it might be worth finding Japanese-centric coverage in the Flightglobal archive. I’ve included some commercial, spaceflight and military aviation.
If there’s anything you spot in our archive tell us about it and I’ll add it to this post – and credit where it’s due of course.
7 January 1984 V.2500: the oriental angle – Japan’s aero-engine business isset to improve dramatically with its participation in the V.2500.
18 June 1988 HII: Japan’s indigenous booster – Japan has launched 38 satellites since entering the space age in 1970. Apart from the 17 science satellites launched on solid propellant boosters, the larger applications satellites have needed combined US/Japanese boosters to get into orbit; indeed,three were launched from the US by Nasa. Breaking the mould will be the HII, Japan’s first indigenous liquid propellant launcher
23 April 1942 Japan’s air power: part 1 – No Qualitative Parity with. Allied Equipment: Weakness in Replacement Capacity : Reliance on Foreign Designs : Problem of Skilled Labour : Representative Types Now in Service (inlcuding information on fighters and bombers)
30 April 1942 Japan’s air power: part 2 - New Developments : Axis Co-operation : The Organisation of the Air Arm | Training : The Importance of the Naval Air Arm
16 January 1988 – The rise of the reticent: As Japan is forced to defend its homeland at arm’s length over the sea, Peter Middleton reports from Tokyo on the nation’s continuing struggle to reconcile its military taboos with US pressure to bear a defence burden commensurate with its economic power and trade surplus.
The Gods provided Japan with a paucity of arable land, and virtually no energy resources and raw materials.- continue reading.
23 January 1988 – Eastern enigma: Persuaded by US pressure, and financial prudence, to abandon development of its own next-generation support fighter, can the Japanese aerospace industry emerge as a world-class contender on the back of technology developed to modify the F-16?
Excerpt - The Japanese industry’s misfortune is that, as its technology and project management expertise rise towards a competitive level with European and American companies, there is no commensurate international marketing opportunity because of the armaments export ban. Unlike successful Japanese exporters, such as the car industry, where long-term planning and marketing strategy initially took precedence over technology, the aerospace industry is operating in a technological vacuum…..