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Hien and Human Interest Interlude

Hien 6117, Yokota Army Airfield, late 1945 (Photo: Mitsuo Kawahara via Martin Wisner,
whose wife is the late Mitsuo Kawahara’s niece)

(May 2024) J-HangarSpace is indebted to Hawaii resident Martin Wisner for sending the image shown above of the Hien now displayed at the Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum in the early days of its captivity. From the bilingual book Hien 6117 Uncovered featured on the homepage, the location is in front of a barracks at Yokota Army Airfield, which following the formation of the U.S. Air Force was to officially become Yokota AB by late September 1947.

In itself a valuable addition to the timeline of the aircraft, this image comes complete with the interesting back story of the then 20-year-old photographer Mitsuo Kawahara (1925–2010), whose father had decided when in his teens in the 1890s to move from Kumamoto Prefecture to Hawaii.

To provide brief extracts from Kawahara-san’s memoirs, the seven-member Kawahara family was among the many of Japanese descent who witnessed Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Unlike their peers on the west coast of the United States, however, few on Hawaii were sent to internment camps. As second-generation Japanese of military service age, Kawahara-san’s two elder brothers served with the U.S. Army, one of them seeing combat in Europe. Kawahara-san himself was called up for basic training in April 1945 and was assigned to a team of interpreters sent by a circuitous route to the Philippines in July 1945. Having there played a key role in the repatriation of Japanese PoWs, the team was transferred to Japan in November 1945.

After arriving at Yokohama, the interpreting team was initially billeted at the head office of the NYK shipping company in downtown Tokyo. One of Kawahara-san’s assignments was to a U.S. Army Air Force Military Police unit given the daunting task of searching the crash sites of B-29s that had been lost in action over Tokyo.

Having elected to stay in Tokyo, Kawahara-san was in at the start of the development of Yokota Army Airfield, the name bestowed on what had previously been known to the U.S. military as Fussa Army Airfield. Now Corporal Kawahara worked in the engineering drafting room of Hazama Gumi, the contractor (today the Hazama Ando Corporation) where all plans for what was to become Yokota AB were prepared. As PoWs that had previously been in the construction industry were among those given priority for repatriation, there is a chance that Kawahara-san ended up working at the same company with former Japanese soldiers he had briefly met in the Philippines.

Also most likely taken at what was then Yokota Army Airfield, this photo shows Mitsuo Kawahara
standing on the remains of what appear to be a Mitsubishi Ki-51
(Sonia) while using the
tailplane of a Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu
(Nick) fighter for balance. The 81 on the latter’s
tail might indicate an aircraft that had been assigned, like Hien
17, to the Air
Technical Evaluation Unit at Tama airfield.
(Photo via Martin Wisner)

Returning to college studies after his Army discharge in 1947, Kawahara-san later switched from working in the civil engineering sector to retrain as an electrical engineer, in which capacity he worked in the aerospace industry, including for a time with North American in California.

Tsuiki Flights of Fancy 

Special 6 Sqn F-2B markingsThe dual-purpose tail marking applied to the Tsuiki-based 6th TFS F-2B in 2014
commemorated the 60th anniversary of the JASDF on the left side and the 50th
anniversary of the 8th Air Wing on the right
(See JASDF Squadron Histories Part 1) (Image from JASDF Tsuiki AB photo)

(April 2024) On a much needed lighter note after the previous story, Tsuiki AB’s request for members of the public to submit suggestions for 70th anniversary tail fin markings met with a very positive response. The base even took the unprecedented step of posting around 90 of the designs, some simple some elaborate, on a scrollable page on its website (link), a small selection of which is shown below.

(Image: Tsuiki AB via X @jasdf_tsuiki)

And a (potential) winner is . . . Of the designs shown on the Tsuiki AB website, this one stands out
for its colour choice and for the 8th Air Wing reference on the rudder. The design incorporates
the three units most associated with Tsuiki, the current resident 6th and 8th TFSs and the 304th
Sqn that after 38 years was relocated to Naha in 2016. Although the then U.S.-controlled base
was in at the start in 1954, it was not until 1957 that Tsuiki was handed over to the JASDF.

Elsewhere, the design for the 70th anniversary badge (see below) came too late to
be included on the poster for the Miho air show on May 26, which just bears
the motto “The beautiful sky and Miho AB together as one”
(top right).

JMSDF Mourns Loss of Two Helicopter Crews

(Photo: JMSDF Public Affairs Office via X @JMSDF_PAO)

(April 2024) The major news story of the month was the loss of eight SH-60K crew members in what was later reported to have been a head-on collision at night over the Pacific Ocean on April 20. As per standard response, an immediate ban was imposed on all SH-60J/K training and non-essential flights.*

The aircraft had been taking part in a fleet evaluation review exercise, which involved eight ships and four other helicopters taking turns to track down a JMSDF submarine posing as a threat. The accident took place at 22:38, around 150 nautical miles (280 km) east of Torishima in the Izu island chain, which itself lies about 600 km south of Tokyo.

A press release issued by the Naval Air Staff on April 24 stated that the aircraft had been captained by Lt. Cdr. Takuya Matsuda (8416, from the 22nd FAS based at Omura) and Lt. Cdr. Kasugi Itamura (8443, 24th FAS at Komatsushima). Although the body of Lt. Cdr. Matsuda’s co-pilot Lt. Yūki Nishihata was recovered, despite an extensive search operation the other seven crew members had to remain listed as missing.

The two flight recorders and shattered fragments of the aircraft and sections of rotor blade were retrieved from the ocean. As the main parts of the aircraft will have sunk to the seabed, which there extends down to around 18,000 feet (5,500 m), the JMSDF’s Yokosuka-based oceanographic research vessel Shōnan was summoned and commenced search operations on April 27. The day before, 10 ships and five aircraft from the JMSDF and Japan Coast Guard had been engaged in search operations; a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft had also been assisting the airborne assets.

Three years ago, a very similar incident during nighttime training had prompted a response that had included the installation of collision-avoidance equipment. At around 22:30 on July 19, 2021, helicopters operating from the destroyer Kirisame and helicopter carrier  Kaga had touched rotors around 300 km east of Amami-Oshima, Kagoshima Prefecture. Very fortunate in having only suffered rotor blade damage, both aircraft had been able to land back aboard the Kaga.

* Single-aircraft training flights recommenced May 3, 2024.

(Photo: SDF Gunma Public Cooperation Office via X @gunma_pco)

JASDF 70th Anniversary Logo Unveiled

(Image: JASDF Public Affairs Office via X @JASDF_PAO)

(April 5, 2024) Three months before the July 1 official date, the JASDF has revealed the design for its 70th anniversary logo, which in sticker form will be applied to certain of its aircraft during the coming months.

The design and the official motto—大空とその先へ (To the Sky and Beyond)—reflect the formation of a Space Operations Group in March 2022. The four blue dots on the map of Japan indicate the locations of the four regional Air Defense Force headquarters: Northern (Misawa, Aomori Prefecture); Central (Iruma, Saitama); Western (Kasuga, Fukuoka); and Southwestern (Naha, Okinawa).

Electronic Hardware Update

A moisture-laden day at Iruma AB causes YS-11EB 82-1155 to generate propeller tip vortices during
its takeoff run. This 55-year-old aircraft took part in a major training exercise in November 2023
and was still in service last month.
(Photo [undated]: のりvia X @norinori_1977)

(March 2024) Research for an update of the second JASDF Where Are They Now? page revealed the current status of the Iruma-based YS-11EAs/EBs, all that remain of what was once a 13-aircraft multi-role fleet.

As shown in the accompanying photos, three of the four YS-11EB electronic intelligence (ELINT) aircraft are still flying; the fourth (92-1157) was being cannibalized for parts in October 2022 (link).

First flown on May 11, 1971, as a standard transport version, YS-11EB 12-1161 reportedly
underwent an inspect and repair as necessary
(IRAN) check at NIPPI Corporation’s
Atsugi facility late in 2023.
(Photo [Mar. 2020]: けいたろう via X @Keit4ro)

YS-11EB 02-1159 taxying at Iruma in February 2024. First flown as a YS-11A transport on
September 8, 1970, this aircraft was converted to YS-11P standard in 1989 before making its
first flight as a YS-11EB on January 16, 1996.
(Photo: きつねゆうき via X @kitune_yuki02)

Operated alongside the RC-2 in the Electronic Intelligence Squadron, reports state that the last of the EBs are likely to remain in service until as late as 2027, when in view of their mission they are unlikely to be considered candidates for preservation. Until the programme was cancelled in February 2023, the Mitsubishi SpaceJet was being proudly touted as the home-grown natural successor to the YS-11, not only as a regional airliner but also for potential conversion for military operations. A second RC-2 conversion has been included in the fiscal 2024 budget, but the Ministry of Defense might still consider supplementing its RC-2 operations with a smaller aircraft.

The two YS-11EAs taxy out to the takeoff point at Iruma in their more active days.
(Photo [undated]: こすもvia Twitter @COSMO_IRUMA)

It would appear that the two YS-11EA electronic warfare (EW) training aircraft (12-1162 and 163), have largely been kept in non-flying open storage with their props removed since at least June 2023, leaving the EC-1 as the Electronic Warfare Squadron’s sole aircraft. For the sake of appearances, 163 at least had had its props refitted and even the new helmeted crow emblem (link) of the Electronic Tactics Group, which is in command of both squadrons, placed on its tail in time for Prime Minister Kishida’s JASDF review visit in November 2023; 162 was carrying the new marking in February this year.*

The details of its intelligence-gathering missions naturally shrouded in secrecy, a YS-11EB lands
back at Iruma under a cloak of semi-darkness.
(Photo [Sept. 2023]: のりvia X @norinori_1977)

* On the subject of new tail markings, the 401st Airlift Sqn unveiled its lion’s head marking at this month’s Komaki Open Base event (see JASDF Squadron Histories Part 2 page).

SH-60K Retirement As Production Nears End

An image from a short JMSDF video (link) entitled SH-60K 8410 Decommissioning Ceremony
(Video [posted Feb. 14, 2024]: JMSDF 1st Fleet Air Wing via X @jmsdf_1aw)

(February 2024) On February 13, JMSDF Kanoya held the decommissioning ceremony for SH-60K 8410, while at manufacturer Mitsubishi’s Nagoya plant the last examples of the type are being flight tested. The 81st and last production example is due to be delivered by the end of next month.

Delivered on June 12, 2006, initially to 121st Fleet Air Sqn, 8410 went on to serve with 21st FAS, the 211th Air Training Sqn (ATS), and the 22nd and 23rd FASs before ending its career with the 212th ATS at Kanoya. In those 17 years and seven months, the airframe logged 6,200 flight hours and, though reduced in the ranks, rather than being put out to grass will now likely continue to provide service as an instructional airframe.

See the JMSDF Aircraft Roll Call page for information on the SH-60K programme.

You’re next? The third aircraft built but first production SH-60K 8403 was still in service
with the Ohmura-based 22nd FAS in October 2022, when this photo was taken.

(Photo: こぶた via Twitter @kobuta_THOMAS)

New Book Review

Guidebook on Aircraft Preserved/Displayed in Japan

(February 2024) The text on the obi band around the cover of this handy, pocket-sized guidebook, which easily evaded the J-HangarSpace radar late last year, trumpets the scope of its coverage: more than 600 aircraft in 250 locations.

That band carries a photo of the Hien exhibited at the Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum, while the cover itself is of the ex-Blue Impulse F-86F displayed on a pole outside the JASDF Air Park at Hamamatsu AB.

This F-1 remains visible from the road at the former site of Japan’s first racing car museum, the
Racing Palace in Oyama, Shizuoka Prefecture, which closed its doors after nine years in 2005.

(Photo [posted Apr. 2023]: マイテイvia X [formerly Twitter] @mighty0715)

From Ikaros, the publisher of JWings magazine, one of the book’s three compilers is Shunsuke Yamamoto, the “Withdrawn from Use Aircraft Hunter”, whose dedicated site is accessible via the three SDF Links on the right-hand column of this website.

As you would expect, containing a lot more than just a list of aircraft and locations, the book is divided into five main sections:

  • Anecdotes about six aircraft, two being those depicted on the cover/band
  • Locations where aircraft are to be found
  • 101 pages of aircraft/location information, broken down into 11 geographic areas with maps and colour photos a-plenty
  • For those who need it, advice on how to view and enjoy displayed aircraft
  • Overviews of surviving Army/Navy and former SDF aircraft by type with numbers and (where space permits) locations

Tachikawa moved its ex-JGSDF L-19E-2 close to the tower for the garrison’s 50th anniversary in
October 2023.
(Photo: Takayuki Noto/Aireview via X [formerly Twitter] @armii93881392)

Interspersed between chapters are columns on a variety of related topics, including replicas, and an index by aircraft designation is also usefully provided to have all the content bases covered.

Although J-HangarSpace attempts to keep the three Where Are They Now? sections reasonably up to date in terms of their information, the guidebook goes several extra miles in terms of content and technology by providing GPS coordinates and QR codes enabling travel book-style access to satellite images of locations from the comfort of your sofa.

All in all, a well-spent 2,200 yen (including tax).

As evidenced by this wonderful S2F-1 Tracker, the collection at the JMSDF’s Kanoya AB Museum
is sadly showing the ravages of too many years spent exposed to the elements.

(Photo [posted Oct. 2022]: 麗一美 via X [formerly Twitter] @ShioKroom7114)

One of the more recent facilities to open its doors, the soraKasai museum in Kasai, Hyogo
Prefecture, features full-size replicas of a Shiden-Kai
(George) Navy fighter and a B5N
(Kate) carrier-based torpedo bomber forming the centrepiece of its interior display.
(Photo: エイトボール商会 via X [formerly Twitter] @eightballshokai)

JASDF’s 70th Anniversary Year Commences

A decade ago, three of the 13 aircraft that were given special markings for the
JASDF’s Diamond Jubilee were T-4s, like this one from the 32nd Sqn.
(Photo [Hamamatsu, October 2014]: Andy Binks)

(January 2024) A important date on this year’s calendar will be the 70th anniversary of the founding of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces on July 1. As its sister services use the founding years of forerunner services as their starting points—1950 for the JGSDF, 1952 for the JMSDF—the field will be largely left open for the JASDF to organize public events and display aircraft marked specially for the occasion through to the end of the air show season in December.

This tradition only seemed to start in earnest with the 40th anniversary in 1994, when 25 examples of 18 types of aircraft underwent special treatment. Back in 1984, when the service had received its first C-130H Hercules and deliveries of F-15J Eagles and E-2C Hawkeyes were ongoing, apparently no thought had been given to marking the historic milestone in such a way. At that time, even the markings added to fighters competing in the annual tactical air combat (TAC) meets tended to be a lot more subdued than in later years. YouTube footage of the JASDF Central Band on tour in 1984 shows them being transported from gig to gig in a standard YS-11 that, with a bit of forethought, could easily have served as a flying PR/promo billboard.

At the September 2003 Misawa airshow, a resident 8th TFS F-4EJKaiwas given a unique “JASDF
pre-50th” anniversary scheme. A rare photo of this aircraft in flight can be found here
and profiles showing its boldly ornate Aomori Nebuta Festival-inspired scheme here (link).
(Photo: Hajime Ishihara, used for Platz plastic model box art)

Not that all units will be going overboard on special colour schemes this year. Following the special marking bonanza, involving no less than 41 aircraft of 23 types, that accompanied the 50th anniversary, the 60th anniversary was a far more muted affair, when commemorative markings were applied to only 13 aircraft of six types; none of those were support or rescue aircraft. Many other aircraft were simply awarded the somewhat cheaper and less labour-intensive alternative of an anniversary sticker.

If past precedence from JASDF reviews is anything to go by, in the case of those types that are more extensively used, generally one squadron might be selected to provide a representative aircraft. Even with that limitation, there should be some interesting off-beat bordering on the gaudy schemes applied in the coming months.

Those aircraft that remain in standard schemes will likely be given an anniversary
sticker as a consolation prize, like this 11th FTW T-3 was way back in 2004.

(Photo: マイテイ via X [formerly Twitter] @mighty0715)

Postscript On March 1, Tsuiki AB put out a broad-brushed website call to any artistic members of the public to submit commemorative design proposals for F-2 tail artwork within three weeks. (Likewise marking its 70th anniversary, the base was actually still under U.S. control in 1954 and was to remain so until 1957.) In addition to rules and regulations, the website notices included an A4 template to facilitate the electronic submission of entries (wisely limited to one per person), the one winning design of which will adorn both sides of an F-2’s tailfin.

“Sharon” the F-2 Pilot

(January 2024) The cover of and a two-page article in the current (February) issue of Kōkū Fan magazine feature 1st Lt Misaki Mizukoshi, who currently holds the position of being the sole JASDF woman F-2 pilot.

As the upper echelons recognize the importance of working to advance and expand their roles in general in the SDFs, women currently account for 8.3% of all SDF personnel compared with around 5% a decade ago, and the JASDF is targeting 10% in the near future.

(Photo [posted Nov. 2023]: 金色の妖精 via X [formerly Twitter] @kinironoyosei)

In 2015, the restriction on women serving in potential front-line capacities was lifted, opening the way for them to follow careers as JMSDF submariners and, still with certain restrictions, JGSDF artillery and armoured units. In the case of the JASDF, the first woman fighter pilot Misa Matsushima was cleared on the F-15J in 2018 (see Bulletin Board report dated August 14, 2018), 21 years after the first woman transport pilot Kazue Kashiji, who went on to become the first JASDF woman flight instructor in May 2003. There are currently four women flying the F-15J, so it is likely only a matter of time before another woman pilot joins an F-2 unit.

As reported on The Fuji Sankei news media website, the story goes that Mizukoshi had already been about to enroll at a university to study physiotherapy when a friend showing her a Blue Impulse video led to a major change of course. Initially, she had taken the JMSDF entrance exam during her third year at university, but the policy change in 2015 having coincided with her graduation, she decided to jump ship from the JMSDF and pursue the newly opened JASDF option.

Of her intake at the JASDF Officer Candidate School at Nara AB, in her home prefecture, Mizukoshi was the only woman on the pilot stream. Although more were to follow, she was the only one with her sights set on the F-2. Remaining undeterred after having been told during the earlier stages of her training that there are three times more things to learn on an F-2, she admits to the aircraft (not surprisingly) being more difficult to fly than any other aircraft she had flown.

Having been awarded her wings following the standard T-7 and T-4 training sequence, 27-year-old Mizukoshi had first encountered the F-2 with the 21st Sqn at Matsushima. Currently assigned to the 8th TFS at Tsuiki AB, she exchanged joystick for a mike as commentator of the F-2 display at the base’s airshow in December.

(Photo: JASDF Tsuiki AB via X [formerly Twitter] @jasdf_tsuiki)

Why Sharon? Every other 8th TFS pilot has a type of drink as his TAC name. As a fan of the Detective Conan manga and anime series, Mizukoshi had apparently suggested Berumotto (Vermouth) but changed to that character’s other, more radio-friendly name Sharon (from Sharon Vineyard).

A video (with transcript) from a local Fukuoka TV channel news report about 1st Lt Mizukoshi can be viewed here (link).

(Photo: ぬま@MCV大好きお兄さんvia X [formerly Twitter] @numa227red_wing)

JAL Miracle, JCG Tragedy at Haneda

(January 2024) The day after the New Year’s Day Noto Peninsula Earthquake, the  scenes from the disaster-affected areas were being regularly interspersed with footage showing the moment of impact in a major aviation accident that took place that evening at Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport.

The positive side of the story involved the 379 passengers and crew on board a landing JAL Airbus A350 who had miraculously managed to evacuate after colliding with a Japan Coast Guard Bombardier Dash 8 that was about to depart. The tragic side of the story was that five of the six-man JCG crew lost their lives; 39-year-old pilot Genki Miyamoto was the sole survivor.

Early investigations into how the JCG pilots could have erred when departing the familiarity of their home base focused on the communications between air traffic control and the pilots and the possibility of faulty runway lighting.

The names of the deceased were given as co-pilot Noboyuki Tahara (aged 41), radio operator Yoshiki Ishida (27), search radar operator Wataru Tatewaki (39), and mechanics Shigeaki Katō (56) and Makoto Uno (47).

Perhaps, in the fullness of time, a monument will be erected in their honour at Haneda.

In March 2011, the aircraft lost in the collision had been undergoing maintenance at Sendai when inundated by the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake. On this occasion, the mission had been to assist the Noto disaster relief operations by airlifting supplies to Niigata.

The front page of The Asahi Shimbun for January 3 carries the two tragic stories of the day side by
side on an inside page. The fatalities from the Haneda accident were soon confirmed, but at
that time the known death toll from the earthquake was 48, a figure was to rise
to 238, with 19 still unaccounted for, by the end of the month.

(Photo: Kannami via X (formerly Twitter) @7je129zuikaku)

Noto Peninsula Earthquake: SDF Initial Responses

A Niigata Air Rescue Squadron UH-60J crew returns to base at 6 p.m. after an
11-hour day of disaster relief-related operations.

(Photo [posted Jan. 4, 2024]: JASDF/Niigata Sub-Base via X [formerly Twitter] @jasdf_niigata)

(January 2024) The New Year was only 16 hours and 10 minutes old in Japan when a massive earthquake struck off Ishikawa Prefecture’s Noto Peninsula. Another 35 minutes passed before the prefectural governor placed a formal request for disaster assistance with the JGSDF’s 10th Division at Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture, which resulted in a 10,000-strong Joint Task Force being formed the following day.

On January 2, the initial SDF rapid response involved 2,000 personnel, 33 aircraft and eight ships. Ministry of Defense press release reported the saving of 89 lives and provided statistics for the amount of disaster supplies provided. A total of 34 liaison officers (LOs) having been dispatched to 12 locations to conduct information-gathering activities, other operations involved the supply of drinking water and road clearance on some sections of three prefectural roads in the area.

JGSDF and local JASDF personnel parade before departure on a water supply operation at
Komatsu, which also served as a hub for the operations of prefectural disaster-relief and
EMS as well as Japan Coast Guard helicopters.

(Photo [posted Jan. 3]: JASDF/Komatsu AB via X [formerly Twitter] @jasdf_komatsu)

On January 3, operations were divided into five specific areas. Priority lifesaving operations involved search missions and included the airlift of six injured to JGSDF Kanazawa garrison by a UH-60J crew from the Niigata Air Rescue Squadron. Airlift support was provided by a JGSDF Central Army Aviation Group UH-1J, used to provide drinking water and other disaster supplies to the city hall in Wajima, one of the worst affected areas, and SH-60Js from the destroyers Asagiri and Suzunami. Road-clearing operations and the provision of drinking water supplies were the responsibility of JGSDF elements, in the latter case with assistance from Komatsu-based 6th Air Wing personnel. Damage assessment information-gathering flights were mounted by a 3rd Fleet Air Sqn P-1 from Atsugi.

On January 4, the government more than doubled the number of SDF personnel deployed to the disaster-stricken areas to 4,600, and the JTF rescued 117 people the following day.

JGSDF troops hurry to offload materials needed for urgent road
reconstruction work from a JMSDF SH-60K.

(Photo [posted Jan. 19]: JMSDF/21st Fleet Air Wing via X [formerly Twitter] @jmsdf_21aw)




Air Shows in 2024
Jan. 20  Iruma
Mar. 3  Komaki
Mar. 24  Kumagaya
May 19  Shizuhama
May 26  Miho
June 2  Hofu-Kita
Aug. 25 Matsushima
Sept. 8  Misawa
Sept. 15  Chitose
Sept. 23  Komatsu
Oct. 6  Ashiya
Oct. 27  Hamamatsu
Nov. 3  Iruma
Nov. 17  Gifu
Dec. 8  Hyakuri
Dec.*  Naha
* To be confirmed

Air Shows in 2023
Mar. 5  Komaki
Apr. 2  Kumagaya

May 28  Miho
May 28  Shizuhama
June 3  Nara
               (Open Day)
June 4  Hofu
July 30  Chitose
Aug. 27  Matsushima
Sept. 10  Misawa
Sept. 24  Akita
Oct. 7  Komatsu
Oct. 15  Ashiya
Oct. 29  Hamamatsu
Nov. 12  Gifu
Nov. 26  Tsuiki
Dec. 3  Nyutabaru
Dec. 10  Naha
Dec. 17  Hyakuri

Air Shows in 2024
Jan. 7  Narashino
 (paratroop display)
Apr. 6  Kasuminome
Apr. 6  Utsunomiya
Apr. 13  Somagahara
June 16  Obihiro
June 30  Okadama
June*  Kasumigaura
Oct.*  Tachikawa
* To be confirmed 

Air Shows in 2023

Apr. 8 Somagahara
May 27  Kita-
June 3  Kasumigaura
June 11  Obihiro
July 2  Okadama

Aug. 5  Kasuminome
Oct. 1   Kisarazu
Oct. 29  Tachikawa

Nov. 4  Akeno

Air Shows in 2024
Apr. 20  Atsugi
  (US Navy/JMSDF)
Apr. 28  Kanoya
May 5  Iwakuni
(Joint Friendship Day)
July 21  Tateyama
July 28  Hachinohe
* To be confirmed 

Air Shows in 2023
Apr. 15  Iwakuni
(Joint Friendship Day)
Apr. 22  Atsugi

Apr. 30  Kanoya
May 28 Omura
July 23  Tateyama
Sept. 2  Maizuru
Sept. 17  Hachinohe
Oct. 1  Ozuki
Oct. 21  Shimofusa
Nov. 18  Tokushima


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Narashino 2019
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