1918 Timelines: 1901-1950

The Aircraft Department is established at Hyogo Works.

In London at the time, Matsukata was impressed by the use of airplanes in World War I and established the Aircraft Department at the Hyogo Works in 1918. It was just a short 15 years since the Wright brothers’ historic flight when airplanes were still made from wood and cloth and could only travel short distances. In 1922, the Company began manufacturing aircraft and established a new aircraft plant.

Kawasaki went on to build Japan’s first metal aircraft, thereby laying the groundwork for the technological innovations of today.