Trip Reports
Japan 2006

Misawa


90-0803 / WW, F-16

90-0820 / WW, F-16

90-0817 / WW, F-16

06-5636, T-4

90-0824 / WW, F-16

06-5791, T-4

97-8420, F-4

17-8438, F-4

43-8128, F-2

47-8352, F-4

57-8375, F-4

At the North East side of the field, there is the big Miasma Aviation & Science Museum, which we didn’t visit. Around noon we went to Hachinohe, but due to problems with the military police, we returned to Misawa in the afternoon.


8963, UH-60

JA8373, MD-87

37-8317, F-4

97-8420, F-4

47-8340, F-4

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Matsushima

When we scouted for good spots along the runway we notest lots of local spotters. Seems out the Blue Impulse demo team with Matsushima as their home turf, was doing a training show. Although the weather wasn’t great we stayed to see the show, with some other units being active as well.


72-3006, U-125

02-1158, YS-11

02-1158, YS-11

23-8107, F-2

23-8110, F-2

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33-8120, F-2

43-8146, F-2

46-5731 / 2, T-4

-, T-4

46-5728 / 6, T-4

-, T-4

26-5804 / 5, T-4

-, T-4

-, T-4

-, T-4

-, T-4

-, T-4

-, T-4

-, T-4

-, T-4

46-5725 / 1, T-4

36-5703, T-4

43-8126, F-2

23-8112, F-2

23-8113, F-2
2011 Tsunami

On 11 March 2011, Japan was struck by a massive Tsunami. The Sendai Bay was hit hard by the Tsunami tidal wave, flooding Sendai and Matushima Airport. 18 F-2s of the 21st Fighter Training Squadron were damaged of which 12 were scrapped.

Just outside the air force base, along route 45, is a T-2 on a pole. This aircraft 69-5128 is former number 2 of Blue Impulse and still wearing their original colours.

69-5128, T-2

Hyakuri

Amongst military spotters Hyakuri is one of the top places to visit. Not only due to the photo-Phantom’s, but also to the great viewing opportunities. Since our visit in 2006 a lot has changed. For one, during our visit there was only one runway, and thats why our spot parallel to the runway is not accessible anymore. In 2012 near this location a civil terminal and a second runway opened. The airfield was also renamed Ibaraki Airport.


72-8888, F-15

62-8864, F-15

26-5680, T-4

12-8074, F-15

22-3020, U-125

47-6335, RF-4

57-6909, RF-4

47-6335, RF-4

87-6412, RF-4

68-4564, UH-60

16-5673, T-4

47-6903, RF-4

52-8952, F-15

62-8875, F-15

82-8896, F-15

22-8809, F-15

36-5694, T-4

42-8828, F-15

82-8899, F-15

42-8828, F-15

12-8074, F-15

12-8074, F-15

22-8933, F-15

62-8875, F-15

36-5694, T-4

72-8962, F-15

26-5680, T-4

82-8904, F-15

12-8074, F-15

57-6912, RF-4

87-6412, RF-4

57-6909, RF-4

47-6903, RF-4

47-6903, RF-4

57-6909, RF-4

47-6335, RF-4

47-6335, RF-4

47-6903, RF-4

22-8809, F-15

22-8809, F-15

82-8965, F-15

82-8965, F-15

62-8875, F-15

87-6412, RF-4

87-6412, RF-4

57-6912, RF-4

47-6335, RF-4

57-6909, RF-4

47-6903, RF-4

These days there are several spots around the airfield and the famous spotting towers. The towers next to the taxiway are located on the ground of a shrine which is some kind of enclave on the airbase. Call a number noted on a fence here and ask for (paid) entry.

After closure, the towers reopened late 2016, “under new management”.

Stay tuned for part 5 and 6 as we conclude our trip in Tokyo.

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