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TC_Stele
05-14-2006, 12:29 AM
Hi, I was wondering if we could get any of the Japanese speaking members to help translate what is said in this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gESpkoEwT44&search=saburo%20sakai

Looks and sounds interesting. Would love to know what he's saying.

TC_Stele
05-14-2006, 12:29 AM
Hi, I was wondering if we could get any of the Japanese speaking members to help translate what is said in this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gESpkoEwT44&search=saburo%20sakai

Looks and sounds interesting. Would love to know what he's saying.

turbografx16
05-14-2006, 05:54 AM
I too would love to know..I have a few Japanese friends so I'll ask for some assistance.

Hopefully theyll be able to tell me in some detail what he is saying since its already obvious its about aerial tactics.

J_Anonymous
05-14-2006, 04:56 PM
O.K, who else do you think would undertake this task? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif I happen to have some spare time.... (WE NEED MORE JAPANESE PARTICIPANTS!)

Here is the excerpt, of the excerpt (the voice recording is shortened, and Sakai's sentence jumps from one topic to another.);

"Strengths of Zero; First and foremost, Zero had a long range. Unless you can fly for a long time, you can't beat your opponent no matter how good the airplane is. Second, thanks to the superb design by the chief engineer Mr. Jiro Horikoshi, elevators and the stick are perfectly synchronized. I could control Zero's vertical motion perfectly whether in high speed or low speed maneuvering."

"Once you get behind the opponent, within the range of 35 - 40 meters, they can never escape."

"Although it was very rare, if I found myself being chased, I would make twisted loop 3 or 4 times, then I could get behind them."

"The pilot must pay attention to the rear of his plane. If you look the front side 20%, you have to look the rear 90%. (Note by J: 20% plus 90% is of course 110%, I guess Sakai is emphasizing the importance of looking the rear). Those pilots who don't pay attention to the rear die." (Note: The rear view of Zero was very good.)

"Weaknesses of Zero. First, it was very light, hence fragile. We always felt vulnerable, because the airframe breaks down if you go too fast. Second, earlier models had virtually no protection."

"When we fly hundreds of miles to attack the enemy base, we used the parachute only as a cushion. Even though it was not forced by the higher ups, we left the belts of parachute behind. This is because of the concept "never become a POW." Once your plane is damaged over the enemy territory, the only choice was to blow up yourself. In hindsight, many lives of pilots were wasted for this reason."

Sakai also talks about how he was injured, but managed to return to Rabaul. He almost lost his consciousness, and could not see the compass because of eye injury. He was over the ocean with no islands in his sight, got lost, thought he would "fly straight to Hawaii" (Note : I think that's his joke), because he had no idea where he was. But at some point, he guessed Rabaul was on his left, decided to gamble to make a 90 degrees turn, then he found the base. (This last episode is described in detail in his book.)

joeap
05-15-2006, 02:38 AM
Thanks J_A, I wonder when this interview took place looks to be in the 70s or 80s.

Funny how all great pilots said similar things...the 90% 20% quote is excellent.

NekoReaperman
05-15-2006, 05:54 AM
Truly one of the great pilots of our age, survives a bullet to the head and goes on to fly across the coean and make it back to base.... wow


too bad he died recently :-(

J_Anonymous
05-15-2006, 06:00 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by joeap:
Thanks J_A, I wonder when this interview took place looks to be in the 70s or 80s.

Funny how all great pilots said similar things...the 90% 20% quote is excellent. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
The title of the clip says 1975, 30 years after WW2 ended. My guess is, the interview was conducted for advertisement campaign of a movie. I remember reading his essay in a magazine in Japan in 1980's when I still lived there as a kid. Some readers criticized him on the ground that he participated in the war and killed people (note: all Japanese ww2 veterans who volunteered to the armed forces were often treated like jermine in the society). He responded, yes he killed people during combat, but the most important thing is to let younng generation know what happened so that it will not repeat again.

TC_Stele
05-15-2006, 10:56 AM
Thanks for the translation.

RSS_hidekichi
05-18-2006, 02:59 AM
J_A your translation is perfect http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif
I have another version of interview IJA 64th Kato Oscar sentai's ace pilot Yohei Hinoki .
do you guys want to see?
I'll try to upload if somebody want.
S~http://sil40.fc2web.com/img015.jpg

Treetop64
05-18-2006, 03:19 AM
Intersting paint scheme on the car, Hidekichi-san! Is that a land-bound A5M series? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

J_Anonymous
05-18-2006, 05:47 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by RSS_hidekichi:
J_A your translation is perfect http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif
I have another version of interview IJA 64th Kato Oscar sentai's ace pilot Kouhei Hinoki .
do you guys want to see?
I'll try to upload if somebody want.
S~ </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Upload, please. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

ps. Hidekichi-san, check the message.... (Click the upper-left coner of your screen, Go &gt;&gt; My Space &gt;&gt; Private Messaging).

joeap
05-18-2006, 06:30 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by RSS_hidekichi:
J_A your translation is perfect http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif
I have another version of interview IJA 64th Kato Oscar sentai's ace pilot Kouhei Hinoki .
do you guys want to see?
I'll try to upload if somebody want.
S~http://sil40.fc2web.com/img015.jpg </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes please! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Had to see that cool paintjob again!

RSS_hidekichi
05-18-2006, 06:37 AM
Hi!
I just uploaded.
he is talking about ki-43 Oscar.
he got injured and lost one leg but
reurned to front by using fake leg!
http://www23.tok2.com/home/sil40/page018.html

treetop-sanhttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
yes that's my car wich I brought from connecticutt to Japan.
it's has a HUD too lol
this marking is Saburo Sakai's V-103(A6M2)wich he used in Rabaul.
http://www23.tok2.com/home/sil40/page004.html

http://sil40.fc2web.com/img311.jpg

J_Anonymous
05-18-2006, 09:25 PM
The clip is too long to translate, but a few interesting things he said....

(a) Ki-43 initially didn't impress the IJA pilots because it was not that fast, and fragile. They were afraid that Ki-43 may fall apart if they conduct sudden maneuvering.

(b) One of the critics of the new Ki-43 was Colonel Kato, and his sentai was given Ki-43. He did not complain and tried to figure out how to use it by experimenting it hard. The speaker of this movie clip figured out how fast he could fly without breaking Ki-43 by observing the pracitice of the squad leader.

(c) On Dec. 8 1941 (the Pearl Harbor day), their squad took off but lost formation due to bad weather. Then they found one Blenheim flying. He shot it, and yellow colored fragments fell off, but Blenheim would not fall, and..... (recording stops there...).

joeap
05-19-2006, 05:41 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by J_Anonymous:
The clip is too long to translate, but a few interesting things he said....

(a) Ki-43 initially didn't impress the IJA pilots because it was not that fast, and fragile. They were afraid that Ki-43 may fall apart if they conduct sudden maneuvering.

(b) One of the critics of the new Ki-43 was Colonel Kato, and his sentai was given Ki-43. He did not complain and tried to figure out how to use it by experimenting it hard. The speaker of this movie clip figured out how fast he could fly without breaking Ki-43 by observing the pracitice of the squad leader.

(c) On Dec. 8 1941 (the Pearl Harbor day), their squad took off but lost formation due to bad weather. Then they found one Blenheim flying. He shot it, and yellow colored fragments fell off, but Blenheim would not fall, and..... (recording stops there...). </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

OMG, PF is realistic then!! How many times have I poured mg fire with a Hayabusa, or in my Zero when I don't have any more cannon rounds to be greeted by bits flying off and my enemy flying merrily along. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

joeap
05-19-2006, 05:45 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by RSS_hidekichi:
Hi!
I just uploaded.
he is talking about ki-43 Oscar.
he got injured and lost one leg but
reurned to front by using fake leg!
http://www23.tok2.com/home/sil40/page018.html

treetop-sanhttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
yes that's my car wich I brought from connecticutt to Japan.
it's has a HUD too lol
this marking is Saburo Sakai's V-103(A6M2)wich he used in Rabaul.
http://www23.tok2.com/home/sil40/page004.html

http://sil40.fc2web.com/img311.jpg </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Wow RSS_hidekichi-san you really have an HUD in your car! What is the Japanese word for obsessed? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

RSS-Martin
05-19-2006, 05:56 AM
Hideki san you have a very tolerant wife!,
mine would not allow that (she would kill me http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif) , but then I would go more for the paint work on Teruhiko Kobayashi‚¬īs Ki61.
http://www.airwar.ru/transfer/grishan///camms/ar/1040/pics/65_7.jpg
That is about the fanciest IJAA plane!