He Hopes To Bring This To Air Shows In the U.S. & France.

  • Dec 26, 2014 6:20am GMT

Its called OpenSky, OpenSky3.0 or M-02J to be more accurate. Kazuhiko Hachiya has spent the past ten years designing and testing this scatch built jet powered glider. He’s an artist who makes toys and software typically aimed at children, in fact this design comes from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, a classic animated movie in Japan. He has now spent 100 million yen or about $850,000.00 U.S. on the project and told the Japan Times that he hopes to take the plane to air shows in the United States and France, to bring some real-life “Nausicaa” magic to dreamers worldwide.

Most of the airframe is made of fiber-reinforced plastic with wood structure weighing just 66 kg (145.5 lbs). The pilot lays face down, harnessed in the middle of the aircraft to adjust pitch, roll, and direction by shifting weight and using the rudder controls on a pair of curved handles. The jet engine is also custom-built by Hachiya with help from Team Rocket, a group who wants to send a spacecraft into orbit. It will push the OpenSky3.0 to a maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph), and a cruising speed between 50 and 90 km/h (31 and 56 mph). There is a pilot weight restriction of 50 kg (110 lb), like the main character in the film.

The OpenSky will be non aerobatic, unlike the movie and there will be no blueprints made available because Kazuhiko is concerned that someone might be injured or killed. It is still being tested so I wouldn't expect to see it at any air shows in the U.S. or France just yet.

If you can read Japanese read more at this link. OpenSky

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Watch video of the OpenSky3.0 and an earlier Glider Test Flight below. Video: Kazuhiko Hachiya. Photos: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind