Competing with the major Powers in the field of armed rockets, Japanese technicians launched Japan's first missiles on June 2nd.
L.V.Pan Mount Fuji distance - pan to rocket on mobile firing carrier.
S.V. Technicians at work on rocket.
C.U. Technician making final check of rocket.
C.U. Tail of rocket showing jets.
C.U. Side shot of rocket tail showing name.
G.V. Technicians by firing equipment.
S.V. Rocket elevated ready for firing.
C.U. Japanese officer counting seconds to firing time.
C.U. Hand pulling firing switch.
L.V.Pan Rocket is fired, rocket falling, pan down to firing base.
Initials S-D W.S./P.B
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Background: Competing with the major Powers in the field of armed rockets, Japanese technicians launched Japan's first missiles on June 2nd. A single and a double stage rockets were fired.
The smaller, the single stage, weapon was 13 ft. long and almost 2 ft. in diameter. Initially for use as field piece, this rocket is powered by liquid fuel and has a range of about 1,300 yards.
Rocket two was capable of developing supersonic speeds. It had a diameter of about 2 1/2 ft., was 15 ft. long and powered by a smokeless, powdered fuel. At present its greatest range is 2,700 yards.
Both rockets, built by the Japanese Defence Forces, were fired near the foot of Mt. Fuji, west of Tokyo. The larger model cost about GBP9,000 and the smaller in the region of GBP6,000.