On December 5th, 2009 in the Tone River, just up from where it meets the Kinu River in Moriya, Japan, the president of the Joso Flying Club, Ono-san, ordered his technical specialist, Sugiyama-san, to crash his radio controlled airplane into my fishing boat. I had spent the previous month filming and becoming acquainted with two RC clubs who had airfields along the river. The hobby club, which flew scale models including WWII aircrafts such as the Japanese Zero and U.S. B29, talked openly about the Kamikaze. One mentioned its absence from school history books. Another gave an eyewitness account of a plane-to-plane Kamikaze attack. The other group, the Joso Flying Club, was semi-professional, and showed more interest in making history, than discussing it. When asked if he was interested in real airplanes, one pilot responded, "For me, airplanes are a thing to see rather than fly." The hobby club declined to attempt the crash for safety reasons. The Joso Club agreed and 8 Japanese RC operators witnessed the attack.
Moriya City gymnasium
Zen garden RC crash scene