Monday, January 20, 2014

A Passion for Flight and Airplane Design

Hayao Miyazaki's new and possibly last film is a must see for any pilot or aerospace engineer. It tells the story of Jiro Horikoshu who designed the Zero fighter planes for Japan.

Hayao Miyazaki has long been associated with aerodynamically sound depictions of flight, but this time he has outdone himself in a very serious film based on reality. It may be no surprise to learn that Miyazaki's own father ran Miyazaki Airplane, a company that manufactured rudders for the Zero!



  1. The plane in that illustration is evocative of flight, and quite beautiful.

  2. Thanks, Julia. Usually we see the Zero with its designer, Jiro, but I thought here it would be nice to focus on just the plane. Miyazaki is an artistic genius to capture the spirit of the plane with so few lines.