maiznblu_757
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What Came First - Mitsubishi Airplane Or Car?

Wed Dec 17, 2003 1:38 pm

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


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planemaker
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RE: What Came First - Mitsubishi Airplane Or Car?

Wed Dec 17, 2003 6:35 pm

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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RE: What Came First - Mitsubishi Airplane Or Car?

Thu Dec 18, 2003 12:53 am

Thanks! I appreciate it. Anyone have any info about Saab? I presume they built cars first but not too sure.
 
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RE: What Came First - Mitsubishi Airplane Or Car?

Thu Dec 18, 2003 7:25 am

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.

 
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RE: What Came First - Mitsubishi Airplane Or Car?

Thu Dec 18, 2003 7:32 am

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.
 
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RE: What Came First - Mitsubishi Airplane Or Car?

Thu Dec 18, 2003 8:51 am

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.