History of Aerospace Company


1919

Constructed car and aircraft works at Hyogo Works of Kawasaki Dockyard Co., Ltd. (Hyogo Prefecture)


1922

Established Aircraft Division and Kakamigahara Branch Works of Kawasaki Dockyard

Type Otsu 1 Surveillance Airplane

Japanese army adopted Salmson 2A-2 as Type Otsu 1 Surveillance Airplane


1923

Opened Kakamigahara Branch Works


1926

Completed the first type Dornier all-metal heavy bomber


1927

Aircraft Division renamed Aircraft Works


1934

Type 95 Fighter

Japanese army adopted Ki-10 as regular Type 95 fighters


1937

Established Kawasaki Aircraft Co., Ltd.


1939

Kakamigahara Works renamed Gifu Works


1940

Type 1 Cargo Plane

Type 99 twin-engine light bombers adopted as regular fighters Type 1cargo planes adopted as regular freighters


1941

Started testing the first Ki-61 (Type 3 fighter, Hien) experimental fighter in trial flight


1942

Type 3 Fighter (Hien)

Began mass production of Type 3 fighters (model I)


1945

Gifu Works was destroyed by B-29 air raid
Converted to a civilian industry due to the end of the war


1953

The maiden flight of KAL-1 shuttle plane


1955

T-33 Training Jet

Agreed with Lockheed Co. of the U.S. for technical cooperation in manufacturing T-33 training jets


1956

The maiden flight of T-33 as the first domestically produced training jet


1957

Agreed with Lockheed Co. for technical assistance in manufacturing P2V-7 anti-submarine patrol aircraft


1959

P2V-7 Anti-submarine Patrol Aircraft

Completed the first P2V-7 anti-submarine patrol aircraft
Agreed with Vertol Co. of the U.S. for technical tie-up for manufacturing the large-scale helicopter, Bertol 107 II


1962

Completed the first Kawasaki Vertol KV-107 II Type large-scale helicopter


1966

P2V-Kai (P-2J) first flight


1969

Kawasaki Dockyard, Kawasaki Rolling Stock Manufacturing, and Kawasaki Aircraft merge to become Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.


1970

C-1 transport jet first flight, which became the first transport jet originally developed in Japan


1977

Signed the agreement with Messerschmitt Bolkow Blohm (MBB) of Germany for joint development of BK117 twin-engine light helicopters


1978

Determined the main contractor for domestic manufacture of P-3C Agreed with Lockheed Co. for technical assistance for P-3C domestic manufacture


1979

BK117 Helicopter

BK117 prototype first flight Designated a main contractor for manufacture of practical STOL (short distance takeoff and landing) planes by Science and Technology Agency Began production of the allotted parts for B767 passenger jet


1981

Nominated as the main contractor of MTX (middle training aircraft)


1982

P-3C anti-submarine patrol aircraft first flight Acquired BK117 model certification


1985

STOL prototype "Asuka"

T-4 Jet Trainer first flight
STOL prototype (Asuka) first flight


1986

Experimental Geodetic Satellite "Ajisai"

Transport helicopter CH-47 first flight
Launched experimental geodetic satellite "Ajisai"


1992

Nominated as a company in charge of development of the observation helicopter (XOH-1)
Began production of the allotted parts for B777 passenger jet


1997

XOH-1 Observation Helicopter

Observation helicopter (XOH-1) first flight


2000

Delivered first mass-produced observation helicopters (OH-1)
Began production of the allotted parts for Embraer 170


2000
Nov.

Certified as an environmentally friendly establishment in Gifu Prefecture


2001
Jul.

Proposed the development of next-generation fixed-wing patrol aircraft/next-generation transport aircraft technology


2001
Aug.

Succeeded in launching the first H-II A rocke


2001
Oct.

Delivered the first fuselage for the US-1A modified prototype aircraft #1
Delivered the 200th T-4


2001
Nov.

Delivered the first BK-117C-2 helicopter
Appointed as a prime technology development company of the next-generation fixed-wing patrol aircraft/next-generation transport aircraft


2002
Apr.

Platform

Delivered a test plane for a stratospheric platform automatic navigation aircraft


2002
Jul.

Delivered the panels of the first B777-300ER


2002
Aug.

Started constructing the hydraulic rig laboratory/integrated equipment center
Made NIPPI Corporation a wholly owned subsidiary of Kawasaki


2003
Mar.

Delivered the last T-4 (the 212th)

Last T-4

2003
Apr.

Completed the hydraulic rig laboratory


2003
Jun.

Completed the Integrated Equipment Center
The EH-101 was selected as the next-generation minesweeping/transport helicopter as well as the transport support helicopter for Antarctic exploration.


2004
Mar.

Achieved 60,000 hours of flight with no accidents


2004
Jun.

Completed the assembly hangar for the C-X


2004
Sep.

Completed the panels for the first B777-200LR
Started enlarging the plant for the B787


2005
Feb.

Achieved zero-emissions


2006
Mar.

MCH-101

Delivered the first MCH-101 minesweeping/transport helicopter to the Maritime Self-Defense Force


2006
Jul.

New plant for the Dreamliner

Completed the new plant for the B787
Dreamliner


2006
Oct.

Delivered the #01 static test plane for the P-X next-generation fixed-wing patrol aircraft to the Japan Ministry of Defense's Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI)


2007
Jan.

Delivered the first forward fuselage for new commercial airplane, the B787 Dreamliner


2007
Jul.

Rolled out the #1 test P-X fixed-wing patrol aircraft and C-X transport aircraft


2007
Sep.

Successful maiden flight of the #1 test XP-1 fixed-wing patrol plane


2008
Jan.

First Forward Fuselage for New 777 Freighter Shipped

Kawasaki Commences Construction of New Production Facility for Boeing 787 Dreamliner


2008
Aug.

First Fixed-Wing Patrol Aircraft (XP-1) for Japanese Defense Ministry Delivered


2009
Apr.

Delivered Kawasaki BK117 C-2 helicopter for Fukuoka Broadcasting Corporation.


2009
Oct.

Received PO for Kawasaki BK117 C-2 helicopter from Ibaraki fire fighting office.


2010
Jan.

Successful maiden flight of the #1 test XC-2 transport aircraft.


2010
Mar.

Completed the new plant for increasing production of the B787 Dreamliner.

Delivered first XC-2 aircraft for the Japanese Defense Ministry.

Achieved no accidents for 70000 continuous flight hours.


2011
Feb.

Delivered Kawasaki BK117C-2 Medevac to Aero Asahi.


2011
Apr.

Delivered Kawasaki BK117C-2 Medevac to Aero Asahi.

Introduced a Rooftop Solar-Power System to the Nagoya Works 1.

Delivered Kawasaki BK117C-2 TV News Helicopter to Nishi Nippon Airlines.

Delivered Kawasaki BK117C-2 Medevac to Central Helicopters Service.


2011
May

Recognized as Boeing Supplier of the Year Winners in the Major Structure Category.


2011
Jul.

Received an Order for two Kawasaki BK117C-2 Medevac from Nishi Nippon Airlines Co., Ltd..


2011
Oct.

Received an Order for Kawasaki BK117C-2 Disaster Relief Helicopter from Shimane Prefecture.


2011
Nov.

Delivered 1,000th 777 Fuselage Panel.

Received an Order for Kawasaki BK117C-2 Medevac from Nishi Nippon Airlines Co., Ltd..


2012
May

Delivered Kawasaki BK117C-2 Medevac to Aero Asahi.


2012
Aug.

100th Forward Fuselage for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Delivered.


2012
Dec.

1,000th BK117 Twin-engine Multi-purpose Helicopter Delivered.


2013
Feb.

Four Kawasaki BK117C-2 Helicopters Ordered.

Fairing for H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 4 Shipped.


2013
Mar.

First P-1 Production Patrol Aircraft Delivered.


2013
Apr.

Flight Control Surfaces for the 1,000th Embraer 170/190 Series Aircraft Shipped.


2013
May

Fairing for Epsilon Launch Vehicle Shipped.



2013
Oct.

Three Kawasaki BK117C-2 Medevacs Delivered

Kobe City Orders Kawasaki BK117C-2 Firefighting Helicopter


2013
Nov.

Five new members join Tokyo University, Boeing, MHI, KHI and FHI in collaborative research at the Consortium for Manufacturing Innovation

Fairing for H-IIA Launch Vehicle Shipped


2013
Dec.

New Factory for Boeing 787 Production


2014 Jan.

Okayama City Orders Kawasaki BK117C-2 Firefighting Helicopter


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