A human-powered aircraft and many related material of Japanese HPA for 50 years has been exhibited at Museum of Aeronautical Sciences which is adjacent to the Tokyo-Narita airport. This exhibition will have been by 25 October.
The exhibition shows HPA history in Japan through out Nihon university’s HPAs. Nihon university is pioneer of HPA in Japan. Prof. Hidemasa Kimura, who participated two long-range flight record projects as known Koken long-range monoplane and A-26 in Tokyo university, started HPA study as student’s graduation work in 1963. Their first HPA, which is also the first HPA in Japan, flew on 27 Feb. 1966. Their HPA study as student’s graduation work had been performed and had been built 13 HPAs for 22 years. The famous “Stork” is included in them. The “Stork” achieved 2093 meters flight in 1976. It was world longest flight before MacCready’s Gossamer Condor. Then Their HPA study was handed over to students club named “Nihon university Aero Study (Students) Group/ NASG”. The club have been built 32 HPAs known as “Möwe” series named by Prof. Kimura since 1984. Their “Möwe” have achieved 3 times Japanese national record. Especially Möwe21’s Japanese national record of duration and straight distance in 2005 have not been broken by today.
The exhibition shows a HPA. The HPA is Möwe31 designed and built by NASG. The HPA was supposed to fly in Japan International Birdman Rally 2014. Unfortunately the HPA could not take off because very bad wind at the time. The exhibition is also a priceless oppotunity to watch one of the highest duration performance HPA in Japan.
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