To Aru Hikūshi e no Tsuioku

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とある飛空士への追憶 (Aru Hikūshi e no Tsuioku) movie poster.

Movie (2011)
Japanese title : とある飛空士への追憶
French title : La Princesse et le Pilote
English title : The Princess and the Pilot

竹富聖花 / Seika Taketomi (ファナ デル モラル / Juana del Moral, the Princess consort)
神木隆之介 / Ryunosuke Kamiki (狩乃 シャルル / Charles Karino, the pilot)
小野大輔 / Daisuke Ono (カルロ レヴァーム / Carlo Levham, Levamme Empire's Prince)
富澤たけし / Takeshi Tomizawa (千々石 武夫 / Takeo Chijiishi, the ennemy pilot [Amatsukami Imperium])

The war between the Levamme Empire and the Amatsukami Imperium has been raging for years. Charles is tasked with escorting the royal subject overseas and across enemy waters at the controls of a brand new aircraft, the Santa Cruz.

Note: This is an animated film. The aircraft shown in it are therefore not actual aircraft, however, where a reasonable depiction of an actual aircraft has been created, it has been identified as best as possible.

Note: This film contains primarily fictional aircraft. Where appropriate, aircraft have been identified according to their fictional names.

Messerschmitt Me 309

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The tail is too close to the Bf 109's one ...
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Kyushu J7W Shinden

Referring the two real prototypes, some specific layout : the different wing shape (double delta and inverted gull plan) and the nose armament and the nearly "teardrop" canopy and the pusher propeller (a 8-bladed contra-rotating instead the real 6-bladed). Additional air intakes too are different.

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Takeo Chijiishi and the teardrop canopy.

The Santa Cruz (Fictional Aircraft)

The general shape but the tail is closed the single seat Nakajima Ki-87, a Japanese high-altitude fighter-interceptor which made its maiden flight on April 1945.
Here the airframe has two seats (back to back) and (as like as the French SNCASE SE.100) the twin triangular tailfins (but they don't housed the tail wheel). Another difference with the Ki-87 : the Nakajima prototype got a large turbo-supercharger only on the right side when the Santa Cruz has two smaller ones, one on each side.
The most surprising gear is the taildragger undercarriage but unconventional because the wheel could be replaced by floats (and vice versa !) during the flight !

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The retractable floats (here themselves still folded in three parts) and wheels are using the same wheel wells !
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Fictional Flying Vessel

Levamme Empire's Flying Battleship

The purple one is under the command of Prince Carlo Levham.

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This one is the ship of the Admiral.

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Amatsukami Imperium Fleet

Flying Destroyer

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Flying Battleship

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Flying Carrier Vessel

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