Tag: Japanese Air Self-Defense Force
Losses and Aviation Safety
“F-35A pilot was disoriented when his aircraft crashed in the water at more than 683 mph on Apr. 9,” JASDF saysDario Leone -
The JASDF F-35A pilot, who had only 60 hours flying time in the F-35, gave no indication he was in trouble. Japan’s air force said on Jun. 10, 2019 “spatial disorientation” likely caused one of its pilots to fly his F-35 stealth fighters into the Pacific Ocean in April, hitting the water at...
Remembering the Mitsubishi J8M1 Shusui rocket-powered interceptor, the Japanese Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet that never wasDario Leone -
The prototype J8M1 Shusui performed its first, and only powered flight on Jul. 7, 1945 at a tremendous cost In late 1943, Japan and Germany reached an agreement whereby the latter would supply its Axis ally with an example, blueprints, and motors for the revolutionary rocket-powered Me 163 Komet interceptor. In addition, supplemental technical information regarding the aircraft's manufacturing process...