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The Sea Eagles of Momotaro (桃 太郎 の 海 鷲) is a 1943 Japanese cartoon, the oldest surviving Japanese anime film. It is inspired by the legend of Momotaro, the "peach boy", a hero of Japanese folklore. In the film, Momotaro is the commander of the Imperial Japanese Navy, who sends his pilots to attack the Island of Demons. A torpedo bomber pilot, a puppy and a small monkey, who are part of a wave of Japanese planes, destroy the fleet of demons. The film uses real footage of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

"In Grim"

The first reaction to these photos may be "Wow! A Soviet plane in an Italian airline." But, alas, Tu-104A jet airliners have never flown under the Alitalia flag. But then why is this plane so painted? The answer is simple - for filming.

In 1975, a joint Soviet-Czechoslovak film "Cirkus v cirkuse" ("Solo for an elephant with an orchestra") was shot in Czechoslovakia. According to the scenario, an Italian airline plane was needed. The film crew tried to rent a real airliner, but the Italians asked too high a price. Therefore, his role was "played" by the decommissioned Tu-104A a/k Českoslavensk? aerolinie (ČSA) with the used OK-NDF. He "became" a Douglas DC-8-62 with a used I-DIWN. It is noteworthy that only one side was painted.

P.S. You can watch the movie here: episode 1 (https://youtu.be/mZL3eexUziI), series 2 (https://youtu.be/Fl5yN6EpJpc ). At the beginning of the first series, you can see Domodedovo Airport of those years with Aeroflot, KLM, Air France airliners, etc.

P.P.S. And that's how the Yak-9 "played the role" of the British Supermarine Spitfire Mk.V fighter

One of Romania's most famous aviators Maximilian Manolescu is standing in a light pilot's suit, next to him is an unknown civilian pilot. The aircraft behind the pilots is a training and sports Klemm Kl 35 with a used YR-APA and a proper name "Brăila" in honor of the city and port on the Danube. Behind it you can see another Kl 35 "Iași" in honor of the city of Iasi. Both aircraft belonged to the aerobatic group Dracii Roșii ("Red Devils"), one of the founders of which was Manolescu.

The reason for the unusual checkerboard coloring of the wing and elevators is interesting. The picture was taken in 1938 - Dracii Roșii had just moved from ICAR Universal Acrobatic to Klemm Kl 35. Before that, the Devils' planes wore a bright red color with white stripes. But in 1936, two pilots from the first squad ? Petre Ivanovici and Mikhail Pantazi Mikhail Pantazi - were killed in plane crashes. Manolescu was persuaded to assemble a new train, but because of superstition, he decided to change the color of the planes to a black and white cage.


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