They came at him from every direction, not moving with their usual shuffle, but in a frenzied kamikaze attack.
At Okinawa in 1945, out of 193 kamikaze attacks, 169 planes were destroyed.
Their value to the fleet was highlighted during the invasion of Okinawa, when kamikaze attacks upon the Fifth Fleet created high numbers of casualties among the forces afloat.
The kamikaze attacks were a demonstration of spiritual courage and determination.
Yet there are worrying signs that the prime minister plans to end his war against the real Labour party with kamikaze attacks on its most cherished values.
However, the destruction of so many kamikaze flights did a great deal to undermine the potential for damage that the kamikazes could have inflicted.
Suicidal attacks by undisguised military forces, exemplified by Japanese kamikaze attacks during World War II, are not a violation of the laws of war.
But the spectre of kamikaze strikes makes any talk of the potentially positive contribution nuclear energy could make to a balanced and renewable energy supply fraught with difficulty.
References to Pearl Harbor and kamikaze pilots could stir up old WWII prejudices against Japanese-Americans.
One point Hanson alludes to is the real difference between the Japanese kamikaze as a tactical weapon of terror and the fanatical suicide zealot as a terrorist.