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Japan to deploy its first F-35A Stealth Fighter at Misawa Air Base this month
The JASDF F-35A pilot, who had only 60 hours flying time in the F-35, gave no indication he was in trouble. Japan’s air force said on Jun. 10, 2019 “spatial disorientation” likely caused one of its pilots to fly his F-35 stealth fighters into the Pacific Ocean in April, hitting the water at...
JASDF F-35s made 7 emergency landings before crash. However Japan assures U.S. it will continue to buy the jet.
Two of the emergency landings involved faults in the F-35 that later crashed. Takeshi Iwaya, Japan’s Minister of Defense, has assured acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan that Tokyo will continue to buy more F-35s despite the crash of a Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) Lightning II belonging to 302 Hikotai from...
First Japanese-assembled F-35A has crashed. Twelve remaining JASDF F-35As grounded.
The mishap aircraft, F-35A #79-8705 (construction number AX-05), is the first Japanese-assembled F-35A, and was rolled out in Nagoya on Jun. 5, 2017. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) F-35A belonging to 302 Hikotai from Misawa Air Base that went missing on Apr. 9, 2019 has crashed. Debris of the wreckage of the...
Japan to deploy its first F-35A Stealth Fighter at Misawa Air Base this month
The F-35A stealth fighter was on a training flight 135km away from Misawa Air Base. A Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter has gone missing after taking off from Misawa Air Base on Apr. 9, 2019 at 7:27pm local time. "It disappeared from radars,"...
Japan to deploy its first F-35A Stealth Fighter at Misawa Air Base this month
Nine more F-35A stealth fighters will be deployed to Misawa by the end of 2018 Japan is ready to deploy the F-35A and the first aircraft will go to Misawa Air Base this month, NHK reports. Nine more Lightning IIs will be deployed to Misawa by the end of 2018. Noteworthy, as explained in a previous article, because of North Korea’s nuclear...
How Kadena's F-15Cs protected the air assets that were trying to find KAL 007 wreckage
Even if the wreckage of KAL 007 had fallen into international waters within the Sea of Japan, Kadena's F-15C Eagles had to protect P-3s that were searching for the airliner's black box data- and voice-recorders from marauding Soviet fighters The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to gain and...
"BOB" - a 27-year-old F-16 - clocks 9,500 hours
"BOB has the highest number of flying hours out of any of its kind in the U.S. Air Force,” Col. R. Scott Jobe, 35th FW commander BOB - an F-16C Block 50 tail number 808 assigned to Misawa Air Base, Japan - has clocked more than 9,500 flight hours on Nov. 20. The 27 year old jet is older than...
18 fully armed F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter bombers conduct elephant walk exercise at Misawa Air Base
Often an elephant walk takes place right before a Minimum Interval Takeoff  Taken on Sep. 16, 2017 during exercise Beverly Sunrise (BS) 17-07 the cool photos in this post show 18 F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 13th and 14th Fighter Squadron lining the runway during an elephant walk at Misawa Air Base, Japan. Noteworthy BS 17-07 is a simulated deployment to...
The Aggressor F-16s are the oldest Vipers in the USAF fleet Taken on Mar. 2, 2017 the photos in this post show U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, assigned to Eielson Air Force Base (AFB), Alaska, and the 14th Fighter Squadron, assigned to Misawa Air Base (AB), Japan preparing for in-flight refueling during Cope...
“We have done our jobs right if when they have to eject out of the aircraft because a mission went south, and our equipment worked, we saved their life,” Staff Sgt. Faitha Brookins, 35th Operations Support Squadron Delivering sorties takes more effort than throwing on a flight suit and taking off, and those who deal with flights daily understand the importance...

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