Well, I am the (little, very little) grey-haired creator of this web 1.0 ARTWORK.
Sigh...me too stumbled into web 2.0 meanwhile and I agree with my hot-headed son. Yes.
Let me introduce myself: I am the CAPTAIN. Period. Adjust your backrest in the upright position.
We are ready for takeoff. And please remember: this is my very first post in a blog.
About 10 years ago, this term didn't even exist. No reason to worry. Just lean back and relax.
We're on full throttle now...AAAAAAND......liftoff - we're AIRBORNE!
To start, I like to turn back the clock into the year 2005. We've met quite some spots on earth in the past.
That's why I decided to start the series with "Letters from..."
And here comes "Letters from Kagoshima - part 1". Kagoshima is located in southern Japan on Kyushu island. It was the home base for NAC Nippon Airship Corporation's Zeppelin NT airship.
November 2005 was the first time I was engaged in the work on that airship in Japan. On the first day off NAC led us to the town of Chiran. Famous in the region for the Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots and the Samurai Residents and Gardens. Very very impressive! More about that later.
For now I just add some photos taken at the museum. Remember: it's NOT allowed to take photos at the memorial. I knew that and I did not take notice of this until a friendly lady told me not to take photos inside the museum. I want to express to the Japanese people that I am sorry for that. I did not take photos of last letters and other heartbreaking exhibits - just of the planes. I was fully aware of the special spirit of that place!
I am Josef Hueber - this is your captain speakin' :-)
|This wreck of a Mitsubishi A6M Zero was recovered from the sea near Teuti Ura (also known as Teuchi-kõ) on Shimo Koshiki Island ca. 90 km west of Kagoshima / Kyushu in the East China Sea.|
|Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien|
|Impressive exhibit of the final salut to a Kamikaze pilot...|
The later production of the Hien was troubled by the bombing raids of the B-29s.
The type on exhibition is a Kawasaki Ki-61-ll-KAI "Hien" equipped with a Ha-140 engine based on the Daimler-Benz DB-605. Probably this plane was reverted back to the Ki-61-l "TEI"-wing with stretched fuselage and enlarged rudder - due to it's former role as a high flying interceptor against the ever increasing B-29 "B-san". Even some ramming units were established. By the way: The Japanese Army didn't call them "Kamikaze".
Stay tuned to our next post, which will be a more peaceful one...