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The Mehve (also known as the Möwe) is a small and fast one-person powered glider that appears in the Studio Ghibli film, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. It is the personal flying craft of Nausicaa, a princess from the Valley of the Wind. A natural pilot, Nausicaa is exceptionally talented with the mehve and often uses the glider to explore the Sea of Corruption, a massive and lethally toxic fungal forest that covers most of the inland areas.

Description

The mehve's four meter long ohmu shell hull grants the craft incredible durability while being extremely lightweight. The glider is powered by one engine in the center of the craft and one thruster provides propulsion when activated with a foot lever on the dorsal side. The pilot hangs onto the top of the craft using a simple mount with a harness and controls the glider by shifting her own body. The mehve has no armament but does feature a load of non-lethal flash grenades dispensed from a port on the underside of the craft. The pilot is fully exposed while operating the mehve and can only fly as fast or as high as is possible for the pilot. Despite being meant for one person, the glider is capable of carry another passenger if necessary, though speed and control suffers greatly.

Trivia

  • In 2004, the Japanese-led OpenSky Aircraft Project began attempts to build a real-life, working personal jet glider based on the Mehve. Two full-size gliders with no power source carrying the code name M01 and M02, with a half-sized jet-powered remote controlled mock up called moewe 1/2 was built. A jet powered version was finally able to take off under its own power for the first time on September 3, 2013.
    • The designer and tester of the project refused the official endorsement of the project by Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki, noting that he did not want to cause trouble for them if an accident occurred.

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Films

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind | Castle in the Sky | My Neighbor Totoro | Kiki's Delivery Service | Porco Rosso | Pom Poko | Whisper of the Heart | Princess Mononoke | My Neighbors the Yamadas | Spirited Away | The Cat Returns | Howl's Moving Castle | Tales from Earthsea | Ponyo | The Secret World of Arrietty | The Wind Rises

Characters

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: Nausicaa | Teto | Asbel | Kushana | Master Yupa | Obaba | Kurotowa | King Jihl | Mito | Gol | Gikuri | Emperor | Lastelle | Mayor of Pejite
Castle in the Sky: Sheeta | Pazu | Captain Dola | Colonel Muska | General Muoro | Dola Gang
My Neighbor Totoro: | Totoro | Mei Kusakabe | Satsuki Kusakabe | Tatsuo Kusakabe | Yasuko Kusakabe | Catbus | Kanta Okagi | Granny
Kiki's Delivery Service: Kiki | Jiji | Osono | Ursula | Tombo | The Baker | Kokiri | Okino | Madame | Barsa | Senior Witch | Jeff | Lily
Porco Rosso: Porco Rosso | Donald Curtis | Madame Gina | Mamma Aiuto Gang Boss | Mr. Piccolo | Fio Piccolo | Mamma Aiuto Gang
Princess Mononoke: San | Yakul | Ashitaka | Lady Eboshi | Kiyo | Jigo
Spirited Away: Chihiro Ogino | Yubaba | Haku | Lin | Kamajii | Yuko Ogino | Akio Ogino | Aniyaku | Boh | No-Face
The Cat Returns: Haru | Toto | Baron Humbert von Gikkingen
Howl's Moving Castle: Sophie | The Witch of the Waste | Madam Suliman | Prince Justin | Markl | Howl
Tales from Earthsea: Arren | Therru | Ged | Tenar | The King of Enlad | The Queen of Enlad | Cob | Hare | Cloak Vendor | Hazia Dealer
Ponyo: Ponyo | Sosuke | Fujimoto | Kōichi | Granmamare | Lisa
The Secret World of Arrietty: Arrietty | Shō | Homily | Sadako Maki | Spiller | Pod

Locations

Toxic Jungle | Valley of the Wins | Laputa | Camphor Tree | Howl's Castle | Spirit Realm | Bathhouse

Objects

Porco's Plane | Mehve

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