The fiftieth anniversary of the inception of aviation in Japan was celebrated in Tokyo Sept 18.
PAN.SHOT.Of crowd at airport.
Exhibit - 50-year-old plane.
U.S. airforce jets.
Crowd watching display.
LS. Helicopter dropping parachutists.
LS. Helicopter and parachutists.
LS. Parachutist descending.
LS. Parachutist touching ground.
LS. Jet fighter in flight.
LS. Formation flight.
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Background: The fiftieth anniversary of the inception of aviation in Japan was celebrated in Tokyo Sept 18.
At Tokyo's Haneda International Airport, thousands of Japanese saw the progress of Japanese aviation, both in the civil and military fields.
A unique exhibit was a 50-year-old plane made by a Frenchman named Henry Harman, presented to the show by the Japanese air self-defence authorities.
The array of modern fighters and planes was not so impressive, because under the peace treaty Japan, like Germany, was not allowed to build planes till 1953. Since the second World War, the fighting potential of Japan has been considerably reduced and with restrictions imposed on production of war materials. She has still to catch up with more advanced nations in this field.
Restrictions have now been slackened but Japan can still produce only jet T33 training planes. The country has plans to produce Douglas 8 jets for its civil airlines.
Japan has American Lockheed F-86 fighters for her self-defence forces while in the civil aviation field the latest ones to be introduced are the Douglas 8 jets. British Viscount Comet jets are also very popular with the civil airlines.
Though lacking in most modern equipment, Japanese pilots and airmen showed they are second to none in their skill. The thousands assembled at Haneda Airport were treated to perfect jet aircraft formation flights. They also saw a demonstration of parachute dropping from helicopters at a height of 1,100 feet.