Komaki Airshow

Komaki/Nagoya is the home of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries - so to say the birthplace of the F-2 and F-15(D)J. It also hosts some of the C-130 Hercules aircraft as well as the KC-767 tanker fleet.

Top
Where? Komaki/Nagoya, Japan
When? 23/10/2011

 With the opening of the Kansai International Airport (KIX) airport the busy civil days of this former Nagoya/Komaki airport are long gone and part of the apron made place for a big shopping mall, which was quite a big change to see compared to 2005. That mall also offers a big parking place and upon arrival quote a few photographers were seen standing there with their ladders and camera bags.

AKomaki So 0648 700 470 90
AKomaki So 0648 100 67 85
Komaki So 0210 100 67 85
Komaki So 0475 100 67 85

The morning part of the flight display was of course already finished and the lunch break was on. Time to sit down, have a sushi and a green tea...
The view of the static display on the far side was overwhelming: there was a Shin Meiwa US-1 flying boat, jets from the Gifu-based Test Wing, a E-2C Hawkeye from Misawa and many more. Obviously hopes were high for the fly-out, but there was still some time and more to see until then.

Komaki So 0319 700 470 90
Komaki So 0319 100 67 85
Komaki So 0322 100 67 85
ZKomaki So 0243 100 67 85

Apart from the rescue demo wit two helicopters and two U-125 the highlight was of course the KC-767 tanker demo. Restricted by the massive surrounding cities it was more or less limited to some fly-bys, only slightly showing its top side in the first run. It then flew out of view to formate with two T-4 and an F-2 from Gifu.

AKomaki U 125 0342 700 470 90
AKomaki U 125 0342 100 67 85
Komaki S 60 0359 100 67 85
Komaki U 125 0376 100 67 85
Komaki U 125 0397 100 67 85

The 'Viper Zero' flew in the receiver position to simulate the air-air refuelling procedure. Afterwards each of the jets performed a (high) fly-by. With the landing of the KC-767 tanker the show was over, the cloudless blue sky and the low light gorgeous and it was time to wait for the fly-out.

AKomaki KC 767 0235 700 470 90
AKomaki KC 767 0235 100 67 85
Komaki KC 767 0179 100 67 85
Komaki KC 767 0223 100 67 85
Komaki KC 767 0417 100 67 85
Komaki KC 767 0508 100 67 85
Komaki Formation 0196 700 470 90
Komaki Formation 0196 100 67 85
Komaki Formation 0206 100 67 85
Komaki Formation 0444 100 67 85

The Shin Meiwa flying-boat, easily the highlight for most of the photographers, was first and the sound of its four engines and propellers when set to full power settings on take-off will for long not be forgotten! One visitor after the other then taxied for take-off, and the conditions for all of them were perfect as for the orange/white target-towing U-36A Learjet of the JMSDF, the blue F-2 from Gifu or the bright blue C-130 Hercules. Combined with the trees in the background better photographic conditions are rare...

AKomaki U 36A 0778 700 470 90
AKomaki U 36A 0778 100 67 85
Komaki C 1 0692 100 67 85
Komaki C 130 0679 100 67 85
Komaki T 400 0593 100 67 85
Komaki U 4 0258 100 67 85
Komaki YS 11 0682 100 67 85
AKomaki F 4 0705 700 470 90
AKomaki F 4 0705 100 67 85
Komaki F 2 0709 100 67 85
Komaki F 2 0721 100 67 85
Komaki F 4 0294 100 67 85
Komaki F 4 0688 100 67 85
AKomaki US 1 0555 700 470 90
AKomaki US 1 0555 100 67 85
Komaki E 2 0602 100 67 85
Komaki E 2 0651 100 67 85
Komaki P 3 0752 100 67 85
Komaki US 1 0533 100 67 85
Komaki US 1 0576 100 67 85

After the last aircraft was gone and the fire trucks also left, it was time to sit down, relax and think a bit about this great day. The last photos were shot of a Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA) E170 coming in shortly before sunset.

Komaki Fuji Dream Airlines 0284 700 470 90
Komaki Fuji Dream Airlines 0284 100 67 85
Komaki Fuji Dream Airlines 0409 100 67 85
Komaki Fuji Dream Airlines 0792 100 67 85
Pinit Fg En Rect Red 20
Rate this article:
0 of 5 - 0 votes
Thank you for rating this article.

recently published

19  1909 5656

Air Legend 2019

"Air Legend" at the Melun-Villaroche airfield in the South of Paris is a new airshow establishing itself firmly on the European circuit. The second edition in 2019 focused on Cold War jets and succeeded with a well balanced mix of those Cold War warriors, warbirds Read More
19 Hahnweide19 1909 9664

Hahnweide OTT 2019

2019 saw the 19th edition of the Oldtimer Fliegertreffen Hahnweide. You may also call it a fly-in, a pilot meeting or a warbird airshow, and with around 400 participating aircraft it is arguably Germany’s biggest aviation event. It is an avgeek festival, and an aviation Read More
18 Radom 1808 6835

Radom Airshow 2018

Radom Airshow 2018 had the Polish Air Force’s 100th anniversary as a main theme. Concluding from past events the expectations were very high, and the event attracted highlights such as the Ukrainian Suchoi Su-27 Flanker or the JF-17 from Pakistan for the flying display. In Read More
19  1908 0740

Taiwan Planespotting

This was another plane spotting trip to Taiwan. Even though it has a vivid aviation photography scene, it’s tropical climate and a military on high alert do not make it an easy country to pursue this hobby. With the aim to photograph some aircraft of Read More
  • 1

more Airshows

07  WTD 0709 3984

50 Jahre WTD61

A 50th anniversary is always something special, and when a flight test centre is celebrating it you have the right ingredients for a lot of surprises. Exactly that was the case at Manching near Ingolstadt Read More
04  0410 5018

FINA-CAF Airsho

After my visit to Duxford in July I still wanted to see a bit more this year. The choice was not difficult, because if you are a warbird enthusiast and you have already been to Read More
09 Caslav09 0905 8655

90 years Czech Air Force

Time to celebrate! 2008 marked the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Czechoslovak Air Force. And this was the main theme for this year's airshow at at Czech's only remaining fighter airbase Caslav, around Read More
06  0608 9506

Airday 2006

Don't blame it on the weatherman…The forecast for the week-end of August, 26th/27th for the region around Bremen was not very favourable, but as I have already booked my flight to visit the MFG3 (Marinefliegergeschwader Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23

Latest Tweets

Statistics

Today 128

Yesterday 138

Week 503

Month 627

All 2574968