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What Came First - Mitsubishi Airplane Or Car?  
User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2421 times:

Does anyone know if Mitsubishi made airplanes before cars? What about Saab?


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User currently offlinePlanemaker From Tuvalu, joined Aug 2003, 6197 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2384 times:

Yataro Iwasaki launched the first Mitsubishi company--a shipping firm--in 1870. Japan's first series-production passenger car, the Mitsubishi Model A (1917) was built before they started making aircraft, as far back as the early 1920's.



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User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2340 times:

Thanks! I appreciate it. Anyone have any info about Saab? I presume they built cars first but not too sure.

User currently offlineRobsawatsky From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2307 times:

Since SAAB stands for:

Svenska Aeroplan AB or translates roughly to Swedish Airplane Company I'll suggest aircraft came first.

The first aircraft they built were licensed versions of:

Junkers JU86K and Northrup 8A-1.

Interesting combination for 1938.



User currently offlineJetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2296 times:

There was a time when I drove to work in a Mitsubishi car, flew a Mitsubishi airplane and watched a Mitsubishi TV. Sometimes I wonder just who really won the war. By the way - Good airplanes, good cars, and good TVs.

User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2256 times:

Wow i can't believe Japan was already making cars that far back!! One thing that can be said though their early planes were much better than their eraly cars. Japanese cars only started to match western quality around the late 70's-1980's and their planes were excellent early on. The Zero fighter of WW2 was one of the best fighter planes of that era. Then later superb planes like the Diamond Jet,MU2 and i believe they also built the F4 Phantom under license.

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