Courtesy of Russell Naughton's "the PIONEERS"

     If you search for "Chuhachi Ninomiya", using the Google search engine, (8-4-04), you will find about 71 links. The one featured immediately below is probably the best place to start, but if time permits, you will be rewarded by visiting some of the others.

Chuhachi (Tyuuhaci) Ninomiya (1866-1936)
     You will find that this page on Russell Naughton's "the Pioneers" website summarizes much of his life and offers many of the most important links which are available. As usual, his site includes many of the important photographs which can be obtained from the internet. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.

A First Flight
Chuhachi Ninomiya took to the air over 100 years ago
from a Shikoku army base.
by Geoffrey Tudor.
Photos courtesy of Yamatahama City and Yamatahama Sports Center
      This page on The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan website was suggested to me by my friend Paul Dunlop. It tells the story of Ninomiya who was a contemporary of the Wright Brothers and barely missed being one of the first to fly. In 1991, a replica of his Tamamushi, or "Jewel Bug ", was successfully flown for a distance of 136 feet, 16 feet farther than the flight of the Wright Brothers. You will find a small portrait of Ninomiya and two of his aeroplane on the page. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.

"Ninomiya died in Kyoto in 1936 at the age of 70, honored by the Emperor and revered by the flourishing Japanese aviation community
as the "Father of Japanese Aircraft.
from the "The First Flight" article, see above.
Editor's Note:
If you have any more information on this pioneer aviator
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper

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