The Kakamigahara Aerospace & Science Museum displays 35 aircraft including fighter jets, transport planes and helicopters. The second level of the museum is dedicated to the Japanese space exploits. Kakamigahara is the location of Japan's second airstrip built in 1917.
The adjacent airbase Gifu was, and continues to be, an important manufacturing base for both military and transport aircraft. During World War II, the Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien fighter, was manufactured here.
Among the aeroplanes on display are experimental planes, V/STOL aircraft and cargo carriers. A section of model aircraft and photo panels introduces the history of aircraft manufacture and design in Japan and such iconic planes as the Mitsubishi Zero and the Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien, Japan's fastest World War II aeroplane.
The refurbished museum recently reopened and looks the part. Some new additions replaced the aircraft with no history to test site Gifu. A very nice improvement.
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