The Mitsubishi J8M Shushui jet interceptor and the cave secret

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The Mitsubishi J8M Shusui “Autumn Water” and the cave secret


The Mitsubishi J8M Shusui “Autumn Water”, also meaning “Sharp Sword”. This Japanese Jet interceptor aircraft was inspired and designed on the German Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet. Only 7 units were built.


A test model of the J8M Shushui

A test model of the J8M Shushui


Initially, two J8M survived the WW2. In November 1945, these two aircraft were transported to the US. One of them is now exhibited at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California, but the other was finally scrapped.

There was still an important secret unveiled and protected by Japanese mountains. In 1960s, as almost intact J8M was discovered in a cave. This aircraft was on display at a Japanese Air Self Defense Forces base near Gifu until 1999, when it was restored and completed by Mitsubishi for display in the company’s internal Komaki Plant Museum.

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