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Japan’s First Air Race Draws Record Crowd of 120,000 to Chiba

“Airplanes are beautiful, cursed dreams.” So says an aircraft engineer caught up in war in The Wind Rises, the last animated film by Miyazaki Hayao of Studio Ghibli before his retirement as a feature filmmaker. The line aptly describes the ambiguous sentiment shared by many aircraft aficionados, but in mid-May that sentiment was blown away by the 350-kilometers-per-hour blasts of civilian airpla…

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