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Japanese 1937 Tokyo - London World Record Flight

This item is listed for historical interest only. It was listed on our site previously but has been sold and is no longer available for purchase.
Sold for: $65.00
Item #35390

Original era publication. Measuring about 6 feet in length, with wooden dowels at each end. The body of the scroll is filled with newsprint, appearing to tell the tale of a perhaps Japanese victory in a British Air Race. We believe this pre-dates WWII. Overall very sound, with a few minor tears along the edges near the top of the scroll.

Thank you Ken for adding the following:

. the item doesn’t pertain to a British-Japanese air race; rather it deals only with Japanese flight personnel who made a historic flight from Japan to Great Britain.

. the Japanese newspapers that are adhered to the backer sheet, provide details re: the 1937 Japanese Tokyo-London World Record Flight (April 6-9)

. the photos just below the two flags are of the aircraft’s pilot Masaaki Iinuma and his navigator Kenji Tsukagoshi. 

. the two flags at the top of the scroll represent the two countries involved – the flight originated in Japan (therefore the rising sun) and ended in Great Britain – thus the Union Jack

. the ‘Kamikaze-go’ a Misubishi Ki-15 Karigane aircraft (registration J-BAAI) was purchased by the newspaper Asahi Shimbun.  (English translation – Morning Sun newspaper). Their corporate logo – a rising sun, was painted onto the wings tips and on the side of the fuselage.  If you Google the company name – the company profile will appear, along with the corporate logo.

. the flight time was 51 hours, 17 minutes and 23 second

. the plane landed at Croydon Aerodrome, London, England at 3:30 p.m. April 9th, with a large crowd waiting for them.  

. the flight was the 1st Federation Aeonautique Internationale aviation record to have been won by the Japanese.

. if you Google – ‘Kamikaze’ – some images of the plane will appear, including some in colour.

. as the flight was a major achievement – it was recognized as part of the new year’s celebrations.  Colour postcards (almost cartoon like) were issued that showed the Kamikaze being readied, in flight, children waving at the plane as it passed overhead, etc.  

 


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