Japan Date:1933 Duration:4 min 20 sec Sound:Yes
Animated cartoon shows a Japanese soldier loading and firing an artillery field piece. The shell travels over a distant hill and explodes. Next scene shows large gathering of people with banners at a military airfield where aircraft and anti-aircraft equipment and guns are on display. A factory is at the edge of the field and its smoke stack is emitting dark black smoke. Viewed from beside parked Nakajima Army Type 91 Fighter plane, is seen some sort of table set up in the middle of the field. A photographer is taking a picture of it. Camera moves to tail of the airplane revealing an anti-aircraft search light parked next to it. Glimpse of Japanese red ball roundel painted on side of the airplane. General Sadao Araki, Minister of War, standing by a table, near a microphone, is given a rolled document. He presents it to a robed priest. Next, a shinto priest in white, waves a garland in front of a parked Type 91 Fighter plane to bless it. Two Japanese pilots place something on the table at center of the field. One is next seen in cockpit of a Type 91 plane and then taxiing and taking off on the field, as spectators watch from sidelines. A second Type 91 is then also seen taking off at the same time in formation on the right wing of the first. An animated cartoon shows many parked airplanes and several proceeding in a column from a hangar. These appear to be more modern (like single wing Type 91s) and dispel and replace all the other airplanes in the cartoon. Next, a squadron of Japanese Army biwing airplanes are seen taking off in loose formation from a dirt field. Aerial view of several biwings flying over a Japanese army airfield. Hangars and other buildings are visible on the ground below. Two of the aircraft are seen flying in close formation near the camera plane. Sunlight glints off their wings. View from above of biwing airplanes in formation below, flying over agricultural fields. A formation in flight viewed from below. Three Type 91 single wing aircraft flying in formation high overhead. Several aircraft maneuvering independently in the sky. The three Type 91 planes in formation heading straight toward the camera plane, and passing close overhead. Aerial view of a loose formation of Mitsubishi 2MB1 - Type 87, light bombers silhouetted in flight. A lone type 91 performing aerobatic maneuvers. Shadow of the camera-carrying bi-wing army plane being cast on the ground as it flies above it. The shadow grows larger as the airplane gets closer to the ground (apparently landing). Final scenes show several biwing airplanes taking off in loose formation. They have upper wing dihedral, smaller lower wings,
backward slanted vertical stabilizers, and tail skids..
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