Please allow me to wax lyrical for a bit.
This is taken from “Where Eagles Dare”, a short story in Hoshino’s speculative/fantastical WW2 manga work “The Temple of El Alamein”. The story concludes with an encounter between a Messerschmitt Me 262 and Boeing B-29 Superfortress - something that never happened during the war.
(Other chapters involve, pyramids, dinosaurs, wicker men, and why Germany never actually invaded the United Kingdom…)
Hoshino also did “The Sea of Fallen Beasts”, which has stories along similar lines - but he is best known for his character Professor Munakata (the slightly disappointing - despite featuring airships - Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure being the only work released in the west), and also his science fiction works - of which the following needs mentioning:
2001 Nights: One of my favourite works of science fiction of all time, across any medium. I cannot stress enough how much these stories - starting in the SDI era and then into mankind’s journeys to the stars - have affected me over the years. The series was published in the US in the mid-90’s, and is bottomlessly recommended. Hoshino released a sequel of sorts - 2001+5 - in 2006, but it has yet to be translated into English (legally or not)
“In 1964 the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) designed a hypersonic aircraft capable of flight at five times the speed of sound, nicknamed MUSTARD (Multi-Unit Space Transport And Recovery Device).
The project would have created the world’s first reusable ‘space plane’, with the cost of development having been estimated as ‘20 to 30 times cheaper’ than that incurred by the expendable rocket systems in use that eventually put man on the moon in 1969.
The aircraft was formed of three separate crewed, delta-winged sections that are launched as a single unit. Two of those would act as boosters and launch the third into space, and then separate before returning to earth like normal aircraft — followed by the third, once its intended mission was complete.” (via)
“The Fighter Jet Take-Off Platform was a concept platform that would rise vertically from the ground, and allow an aircraft to take-off from its back — allowing planes to operate from small airstrips or narrow forest clearings.
English Electric developed the P17A jet to fulfill the purpose of a tactical strike and reconnaissance jet, and rather than attaching a heavy vertical take-off and landing system to the aircraft, they collaborated with Shorts, who created the P17D — a platform that would stay steady above the ground and allow the P17A to take-off from its surface.
With no less than 56 jet engines, the P17D gave the P17A the desired effect of being able to take off from tight spaces. On its own, the P17D would also have been able to fill the role of a VTOL freight transport, able to deliver equipment and supplies to less-accessible locations…” (via)
“We have witnessed this morning the attack of Pearl Harbor and a severe bombing of Pearl Harbor by army planes, undoubtedly Japanese. The city of Honolulu has also been attacked and considerable damage done. This battle has been going on for nearly three hours. One of the bombers dropped within 50 feet of Taunti [phonetic spelling] Tower. Its no joke. Its a real war.” (via, photo via this series from The Atlantic)
“Dear Parents :
Please congratulate me. I have been given a splendid opportunity to die. This is my last day. The destiny of our homeland hinges on the decisive battle in the seas to the south where I shall fall like a blossom from a radiant cherry tree.
I shall be a shield for His Majesty and die cleanly along with my squadron leader and other friends. I wish that I could be born seven times, each time to smite the enemy…
…Thank you, my parents, for the 23 years during which you have cared for me and inspired me. I hope that my present deed will in some small way repay what you have done for me. Think well of me and know that your Isao died for our country. This is my last wish, and there is nothing else that I desire.
How glorious is the Special Attack Corps’ Giretsu Unit whose Suisei bombers will attack the enemy. Our goal is to dive against the aircraft carriers of the enemy. Movie cameramen have been i here to take our pictures. It is possible that you may see us in newsreels at the theater.
We are 16 warriors manning the bombers. May our death be as sudden and clean as the shattering of crystal.
Written at Manila on the eve of our sortie. [28th October 1944]
Soaring into the sky of the southern seas, it is our glorious mission to die as the shields of His Majesty. Cherry blossoms glisten as they open and fall.”
I know I’ve reblogged this before. But it showed up on my dash again, and I felt it was worth reblogging again, because it’s just so haunting.
”..The classic engagement of the day [21st March 1945] occurred later that day when Capt Sedvert observed an Me 262 at only 500ft flying over Ostofen. He dived on the jet just as it dropped a bomb on the town, and good strikes were seen on the fuselage, slowing its speed considerably as it crossed the Rhine River.
Sedvert then pulled up astern of his target, only to find that he was out of ammunition. He drew up alongside the jet and became furious when the German pilot thumbed his nose at him. Sedvert rolled back his canopy and emptied his 0.45 pistol in the direction of his foe with no result. He continued to follow the Me 262 all the way to Wiesental where he watched it belly in..” (via)
(image - not of the same incident - via)
“Basically, the nose gear wouldn’t come done. The Harrier has a backup system with a nitrogen bottle to blow the gear down in this event. Well, someone significantly outranking the pilot ordered him not to blow the gear down…he elected to gather mattresses and strap them down to support the extended nose, and you have the obvious result…This has since become a legendary event in the Harrier community (rather small community) and is laughed about often. The best part was, when they jacked the plane up in the hangar and pulled the gear handle to blow them down, all 4 came down and locked in place.” (via)
“The Dornier Do 31 E3 VSTOL aircraft. At the beginning of the 1960’s NATO asked for a military short take-off and landing battlefield zone aircraft, which should operate independently of runways but from fast prepared small fields” (via)
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