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JASDF unveils Squadron Markings for 302 Squadron, first Japanese F-35A unit

JASDF 302 Squadron, the service first F-35A unit, has unveiled its new Squadron insignia which depicts the white-tailed eagle, native to northern Japan.

Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) 302 Squadron, service’s first F-35A unit, has unveiled its new Squadron insignia which depicts the white-tailed eagle, native to northern Japan. The badge reflects the lineage of the unit which was first set up in 1974 at Chitose Air Base in Hokkaido.

According to Alert 5 website, the wings of the eagle represent 3 while the tail depicts 0 and the feet represent 2.

The unit was previously equipped with the iconic F-4EJ Kai Phantom.

302 Squadron was selected in August 2017 to be the first in the JASDF to transition to the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter.

The first Japanese-assembled F-35A ( #79-8705, construction number AX-05) was rolled out in Nagoya on Jun. 5, 2017.

This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. F-35A Lightning II 56th OG, 61st FS, LF/12-5050 / 2014

The squadron ceased flying the F-4 in March 2019, and in the same month relocated from Hyakuri Air Base (Ibaraki Airport) in Ibaraki Prefecture to Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan.

On Apr. 9, 2019 F-35A #79-8705 then assigned to 302 Squadron went missing over the Pacific Ocean while on a training flight 135km away from Misawa Air Base.

Photo credit: Japan Air Self Defense Force

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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