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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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