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Hino Kumazō

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was a Japanese inventor and aviation pioneer. His most famous invention is the M1908 pistol. Biography Hino was born in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto as the eldest son of a samurai of Sagara Domain. After attending military preparatory schools, he graduated from the 10th class of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy in 1898. He invented the Hino–Komuro pistol in 1908 together with acquaintance and investor Tomojiro Komuro, after extensive research on patents for pistols in the United States and United Kingdom. However, during testing two accidents due to structural defects he suffered from severe injuries to his left hand, causing the loss of a finger. In 1909, Hino joined Yoshitoshi Tokugawa in France to study aeronautical engineering and military applications for the use of aircraft in combat. He was unable to purchase an aircraft engine in France, and moved to Germany on July 25, where he learned flight control skills at Johannisthal Air Field and purchased a Grade monoplane, whic
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