Chikuhei Nakajima (1884-1949) was a naval officer and engineer who was taught to fly at Glenn Curtiss’s flight school while on an exchange visit to the United States in 1912. He then began designing airplanes for the Japanese navy, and in 1917 founded the Nakajima company in the town of Ota. The company produced naval aircraft from then until the end of World War II. The company was closed by the occupying Allies in 1945 but resumed production of aircraft as Fuji Heavy Industries in the mid-1950s. It continues to make aerospace vehicles and components to this day.