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Plane stupid? Japan's air force's scooter gimmick to toast birthday


Japan has produced a novel twist on the traditional flypast – a ‘squadron’ of plane-shaped scooters whizzing around in formation.

The country’s air force put on the display on Wednesday (September 24) to celebrate its 60th birthday.

The riders – air force support staff that never normally leave the ground for their work – wore flying goggles and helmets as bemused guests looked on.

Japan’s Air Self Defence Force was created in 1954, replacing the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy.

The first of the scooters was created in 1992 at the same base that housed Japan’s actual acrobatic flying team Blue Impulse.

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