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Jiro Horikoshi, chief engineer of "Zero fighter plane", and the model of Hayao Miyazaki's last film "The Wind Rises".

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Dr. Jiro Horikoshi - an inspiring aviation engineer for rising japan as the eye opener in the world war 2

artbooksnat: A selection of animation layouts for Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises (風立ちぬ) from The Wind Rises Roman Album Extra (Amazon US | JP), with a focus on the romance between Jiro Horikoshi and Naoko Satomi.

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artbooksnat: A selection of animation layouts for Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises (風立ちぬ) from The Wind Rises Roman Album Extra (Amazon US | JP), with a focus on the romance between Jiro Horikoshi and Naoko Satomi.

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The Mitsubishi J2M5 Raiden (Japanese for “Thunderbolt”) was designed by Jiro Horikoshi, creator of the A6M Zero. Japanese aircraft taken over by the Allies in British Malaya were tested and evaluated by Japanese naval aviators under close supervision of RAF officers from Seletar Airfield. Here two Mitsubishi J2M Raiden fighters (known to the Allies as “Jack”), belonging to the 381 Kōkūtai of Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service, are flying in close formation during their evaluation flight

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