Planned was the following programme for the show:
# 0745-0900 Opening fly-by, 2* UH-60, 2* U-125, 2* F-4EJkai, 2*F-15, 3* F-15, 2*T-4
# 0925-0940 Ground attack, 4*F-4EJkai
# 0945-1000 1*F-2(6sqn.)
# 1005-1020 2* F15(AGRS)
# 1030-1050 Rescue demo, 1*U-125A, 1*UH-60J
# 1155-1110 2*F-4EJkai(301sqn.)
# 1115-1130 1*F-15DJ(23sqn.)
# 1315-1355 Blue Impulse
# 1400-1445 Para.-drop from C-1
But due to the non-flying of the F-15s it got a bit sparse with a long break in the morning and even a 2h break around midday. Not very much, considering all the travelling from Europe to Japan, but of course I haven't only been there for this show and fortunately I was at the airfield the week before and saw at least some of the training flights of the Aggressors for their show display, presenting excellent topside views of their colorschemes.
The Ground attack demo of the Phantoms was also very nice, with two pairs of F-4EJ Kai flying different ground attack pattern releasing virtual weapons against their 'enemies' on the ground, which were shooting simulated ground-air guns at them.
Of course another favourite of me was also the blue F-2A of the 6th from Tsuiki that flew directly in from its homebase for the display. Several turns and climbs followed, which nicely showed the shape and colour of the aircraft against a brilliant blue sky.
Fortunately the gorgeous weather did not change through the whole day, and also not when it was time for two Phantoms to show off a small solo display. Worth mentioning is their shadow formation, remembering me of the Patrouille Suisse. Of course it were not as many aircraft, but two mighty Phantoms!
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- Published: 04 March 2010
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