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The Japanese cruise reservation system for the Tom Cruise-produced B-17G Flying Fortress, a two-seat fighter that was designed to fly the sortie and escort the carrier in the early days of World War II, was designed and built in Japan.
But it was also designed in the United States, and this week the Pentagon announced that the system would be transferred to a Japanese manufacturer, Boeing, in what will be a major shift for U.S. naval aviation in the Pacific.
The Tom Cruise Flying Fortress B-29, built by the Wright Brothers in 1937, flew in Japan during World War I. This year’s B-19 was one of two planes delivered to the United Kingdom in the wake of the devastating Nagasaki air attack in August 1945.
The B-21, a four-seat bomber that was built by Curtiss-Wright, flew from the U.K. in 1943 and reached the Pacific Ocean on May 2, 1945.
But both aircraft were destroyed in the Nagasaki bombing.
The Navy announced Tuesday that the B-9B “B-29A” will be delivered to Japan in October.
It is slated for a launch date of Nov. 4, 2019.
The Navy says the B19B will be in the air by 2020.
The B-25B “Thunderbolt” and the B17G “B.B.M.” fighter were built in the U, S., Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.
The former B-23 bomber, built in 1947, is the only one to fly for Japan.
The latter two planes, built at Wright Field in Ohio in the mid-1950s, are the only two aircraft still in service in Japan today.
Both the B7F and B7G were produced by Boeing, and both are now part of the Defense Department’s fleet of B-52 bombers.
The two planes were built at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and each was delivered in 1952 to the Air Force.
The F-22A, the next generation of bomber, was produced at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma, and the F-35, the most recent version of the F/A-18, was built at Edwards Air Force base in California.
The planes were retired from service in 2005.
The Defense Department has previously said it will buy a fleet of at least 100 more Tom Cruise fighter jets in 2019 and 2020, but a Navy spokesperson said the Navy has not decided whether to move the planes from Japan to China.
A defense official said Tuesday that discussions with Japanese manufacturers were ongoing.