1. Mitsubishi, A6M5 "Zero-Sen" • Perhaps no combat aircraft in history is more associated with its nation of origin than the "Zero-Sen." Japan's light, fast, well-protected carrier fighter had incredible range, ruling the skies over Asia and the South Pacific from 1940 to early 1942. Japan's confidence in attacking Pearl Harbor was partly due to its knowledge that the "Zero" could out-perform anything in the American arsenal at that time. Used as escorts for death-diving bomber aircraft, these planes were later used as Kamikaze weapons themselves.
2. YS-11 • The NAMC YS-11 is a turboprop airliner built by a Japanese consortium, the Nihon Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation. The program was initiated by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 1954, mainy made by Horikoshi Jiro who made Zero-sen: the aircraft was rolled out in 1962, and production ceased in 1974.
To date, the YS-11 is the only successful commercial aircraft made by a Japanese firm, either before or after World War II. 182 were produced in total. Due to the fact that the consortium of companies that made up NAMC included Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Fuji Heavy Industries (now better known as the parent company of automobile manufacturer Subaru), both major producers of fighter planes during WWII, the body of YS-11 was made unusually strong, resulting in a long-lasting airplane.
The twin-engined YS-11 delivered similar operational performance to the four-engined Vickers Viscount, and had 50% more capacity than the similarly-configured Fokker F-27.
On September 30, 2006, Japan Air Commuter flight 3806 marked the final flight for a YS-11 in Japan's commercial aviation industry.
3. YS-11 Portable bicycle • All YS-11 DNA go into this bicycle.
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