ShinMaywa's firefighting version of the US-1A Kai short-takeoff/landing amphibian is replacing the 30-year-old US-1A search-and-rescue/maritime patrol aircraft in service with the Japanese navy. As is common with Japanese aircraft and spacecraft, the plane will receive a new designation--US-2--when it enters service next year. A stand model (see photo) was presented at Farnborough. The 109-ft.-long aircraft has fly-by-wire controls, a digital cockpit and is powered by four Rolls-Royce ...

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