Wednesday morning started very well with the full moon being visible at sunrise and the first Phantoms taking already before 8am. Fortunately the Eagles were also airborne after the two-day grounding and the Aggressor left for their first mission of the day at 9, just after the Phantoms have returned. But after they take-off the first two aircraft did an unusual fly-past over the airfield, which was a vague indication that their solo display might start. I thus headed from the famous morning taxi-spot to the field on the south side and was delighted by the rehearsal for their display routine, during which the F-15s presented their topsides very nicely!
All along the day there was then an uninterrupted activity of the Phantom Squadron, the Aggressors and the Eagle Training Squadron, providing enough possibilities to try out some new photo spots for the take-offs and landings. And those were necessary as the construction all along the runway was ruining nearly every photo of the take-offs or landings when the aircraft were still close to the ground. And with the airshow coming the next week-end many Japanese photographers were already besieging the airfield to get a glimpse of all the rehearsal taking place and the photograph the regular flying activity.
When the last F-15 finally touched down at the last rays of sunlight, it was also time for me to leave and head towards the Youth Hostel at Miyakonojo.
With the help of the GPS it was found without difficulties, but I unfortunately had to learn that it was full that night. This was a completely new experience for me as I have never been in a Japanese Youth Hostel before that was completely occupied. Fortunately I was granted to use the hot bath and then headed on towards Kanoya.
- Category: Air Forces
- Published: 06 January 2010
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