Video shows VAQ-138 EA-18G making emergency landing at Hyakuri air base, Japan

Video shows VAQ-138 EA-18G making emergency landing at Hyakuri Air Base, Japan

By Dario Leone
May 16 2018
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The EA-18G was accompanied by another Growler, both were flying from Guam to Misawa Air Base when a cockpit indicator showed that one was running low on fuel

Taken on May 14, 2018 the interesting video in this post features an a EA-18G assigned to VAQ-138 Yellow Jackets making an emergency landing at Hyakuri Air Base.

It was accompanied by another Growler, both were flying from Guam to Misawa Air Base when a cockpit indicator showed that one was running low on fuel.

They were joined by a C-17 later in the afternoon to provide support. By mid-afternoon, all three left Hyakuri.

According Stars and Stripes, the incident is the latest in a string of unscheduled landings by U.S. military aircraft in Japan this year.

Late last month, an MV-22 Osprey made a precautionary landing in Kagoshima prefecture after a cockpit warning light came on. That same week, there were emergency landings made by an F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter and a UH-1Y Venom.

On Jan. 23, an AH-1Z Viper helicopter made an emergency landing at a municipal helipad on Okinawa’s Tonaki Island. Similar incidents happened on the southern island prefecture on Jan. 6 and Jan. 8.

Video shows VAQ-138 EA-18G making emergency landing at Hyakuri air base, Japan
This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. EA-18G Growler VAQ-130 Zappers, AC500 / 168268 / 2016

The EA-18G Growler is a variant of the combat-proven F/A-18F Super Hornet and flies the airborne electronic attack mission. Thanks to its array of sensors and weapons, the aircraft is able to perform a wide range of missions such as Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD), Stand-off and Escort Jamming (where the Growler not only fly the traditional stand-off jamming mission but also provides the escort for other air assets thanks to the speed and agility inherited form the Super Hornet), Non-Traditional Electronic Attack (where thanks to its enhanced situational awareness the EA-18G achieves an unmatched degree of integration with ground operations) and Self-protection and Time-Critical Strike Support (where thanks to its Advanced Electronically Scanned Array [AESA] radar, digital data links and air-to-air missiles, the EA-18G has self-protection capability and is also highly effective for target identification and prosecution).

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Dario Leone

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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