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Thursday morning started at 5:00am, with raindrops dripping on my car. After the last bad experience at Kanoya in 2008 and a whole day of rain and fog I did not dare to stay any longer. Even before I was completely awake, I was again on the road driving back the 2h to Nyutabaru in the hope that the weather might be at least a bit better there. And if not, there would be at least some jets flying.

Unfortunately the weather did not change that much, but it wasn't raining. The flight activity was normal, however due to the overcast any display rehearsal was cancelled in the early morning and looking and the grey background taking photos did not make that much sense… Fortunately the clouds broke up a little around midday and the second take-off of the Aggressors this day saw some sun.

As they did not do any display training I decided to drive back to Kanoya for several reasons: I wanted to see the route at least once during the day and I was also hoping for nice photo opportunities at this naval base in the evening, when all of their maritime patrol aircraft should come back.
The drive was very interesting, passing a big statue of and seeing a lot of bamboo forests. How nice, if it just wouldn't have been that cold!

Kanoya in the evening came true to be a good choice as many helicopters were still flying and I got to see UH-60Js in three different colourschemes as well as the OH-6 training helicopters and P-3 Orions returning from their mission.

My presence on the fence did however attract the attention of some of the JMSDF personal inside the base, who interrupted their daily their daily jogging tour and nervously pulled out their mobile phones to call the base security. Shortly afterwards the well known (as it hasn't changed since my last two visits there) white van appeared and the usual polite questioning ritual started. Fortunately this did not take too long and I could continue to take my photos until the end of the day.

The evening offered a nice opportunity to have a look at the Christmassy decorated Kanoya downtown.

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