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Hyakuri, Japan - 14th February.

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Hyakuri, Japan - 14th February.

Post by Lossie15 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:01 pm

Evening all, haven't posted here in a very long time simply because of the lack of military aircraft kicking around Scotland these days but heyho - means I've had to travel a bit for this lot. :cool:

Managed to squeeze a little bit of time out in Japan earlier on in the year and I obviously couldn't miss going to the Phantom base, Hyakuri. I cannot begin to tell you how incredible this place really is. Huge amount of flying, fantastic spotting locations, friendly locals and when I was there at least, sensational weather. All in all spent two days at the base and here's a pretty large batch of images from the first day. Will get round to posting the second at some point but I did as expected, take a huge amount of shots. Anyway, word on the street when I was visiting Iruma and Atsugi earlier on in the week, was that the aggressor F15s were based out of Hyakuri till the Thursday of that week. Bonus! Chuffed to bits with this news along with the hope of catching Phantoms, here's what Wednesday had to bring. Enjoy!


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 87-8404. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


2. Really impressed with the wee T4's. Lovely machines!
ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, Kawasaki T-4, 16-5670. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


3.
ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-15DJ Eagle, 92-8098. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas RF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 57-6912. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-15J Eagle, 32-8827. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-15J Eagle, 92-8096. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas RF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 57-6907. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 57-8367. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, Kawasaki T-4, 46-5718. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 67-8390. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 17-8440. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 67-8390. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas RF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 57-6907. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas RF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 77-6392. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-15DJ Eagle, 52-8088. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-15DJ Eagle, 32-8083.. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-15DJ Eagle, 32-8081. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 97-8426. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-15DJ Eagle, 72-8090. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, Kawasaki T-4, 66-5744. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, Raytheon U-125A, 02-3015. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Ground Self Defence Force, Bell UH-1H Huey, JG-1916. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-15J Eagle, 72-8882. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


24. Couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this!
ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-15DJ Eagle, 72-8090. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


25.
ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-15J Eagle, 22-8813. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-15J Eagle, 62-8868. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas RF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 57-6907.Japan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas RF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 57-6907. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


28. As the light moved round during the day, I headed over the other side to see what it was like.
ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 97-8421. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, Kawasaki T-4, 16-5670. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 97-8426. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 97-8417. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 97-8421. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 97-8427. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 07-8428. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas RF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 77-6392. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas RF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 57-6907. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 07-8428. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, Raytheon U-125A, 02-3015. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas F-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 97-8427. by Mark Leith, on Flickr


And yes, before you ask - this was all in one day of flying. I'd simply never seen anything like it before, non stop action from sunrise till after sunset. Hope you don't mind the amount of shots, but it's a pretty incredible place.

Here's one from the Thursday as a wee flavour of what's to come..

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ImageJapan Air Self Defence Force, McDonnell Douglas RF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 47-6905. by Mark Leith, on Flickr

That's all for now. I'll be posting part 2 at some point but keep a look out for my Iruma and Atsugi images also.

Cheers,

Mark.
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Re: Hyakuri, Japan - 14th February.

Post by Dave934 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:07 pm

That wasn't a bad day out was it !!!
Brilliant set of photos.
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Re: Hyakuri, Japan - 14th February.

Post by eagle driver » Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:13 pm

Only word needed here, Phantastic! Lucky :grr:

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Re: Hyakuri, Japan - 14th February.

Post by Yunglee » Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:00 pm

It's is a long way to go, but there are a fantastic set of images :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: Hyakuri, Japan - 14th February.

Post by smacken » Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:04 pm

Superb set of images, this is on my bucket list , thanks sooo much for sharing :clap:

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Re: Hyakuri, Japan - 14th February.

Post by cj9ru » Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:21 pm

That looks like you had a fantastic day. Love the Phantoms!
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Re: Hyakuri, Japan - 14th February.

Post by Ross Forsyth » Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:56 pm

Great set Mark and glad you enjoyed it! Good timing with the Kyodogun being there,it`s usually a week in February they arrive to play with the based units,its just getting the right week! :D

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Re: Hyakuri, Japan - 14th February.

Post by MR TERRY GREEN » Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:58 pm

Lovely f-4s really like the last one,awesome f-15 aggressors to. :clap: :clap:

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Re: Hyakuri, Japan - 14th February.

Post by slogen51 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:18 pm

Wow fantastic post

I went in 1999 still using a film camera I badly need to visit Japan again

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Re: Hyakuri, Japan - 14th February.

Post by garyscott » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:01 pm

Absolutely belting post! Love the Japanese F-4's, and that 8-SHIP!!?! :Wow:

Cant wait for more . . . .

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Re: Hyakuri, Japan - 14th February.

Post by Punkrunner62 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:00 am

Top stuff Mark,the torture now continues here.No seriously absolutely brilliant to see your images here for us all to appreciate.
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Re: Hyakuri, Japan - 14th February.

Post by XWP29 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:21 am

Possibly the best set of images posted here recently for me :thumb: love those F-4’s :Wow:
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Re: Hyakuri, Japan - 14th February.

Post by Weazel69 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:00 am

Aaah!! Drool Drool must be very nice to her indoors and do my best to get there just luv Phantoms miss them very much Weazel69
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Re: Hyakuri, Japan - 14th February.

Post by prefontaine72 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:10 am

Superb Mark love those Phantoms I must admit, looks like a worthwhile trip :thumbs:

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Re: Hyakuri, Japan - 14th February.

Post by paddyboy » Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:15 pm

Hi Mark :P

Stunning selection of shots :thumbs:

No. 24 :O

'Course, the Toom pics are the dogs ;)

No. 39 :Wow:

Thanks for posting :thumb:

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Re: Hyakuri, Japan - 14th February.

Post by benno » Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:28 am

WOW! Brilliant! Superb photos, thanks for posting.

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Re: Hyakuri, Japan - 14th February.

Post by Paultojo » Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:48 am

My goodness Mark simply awesome :thumbs:
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Re: Hyakuri, Japan - 14th February.

Post by mike.p » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:08 am

Great pictures .One question picture 4 seems to show the phantom on its landing still dumping fuel from the vent just below the fin. Why?
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Re: Hyakuri, Japan - 14th February.

Post by DeanW » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:13 am

Jeez, you'd probably struggle to find a better day at a fence anywhere else. Superb mate.

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Post by Rotörhead » Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:46 pm

Excellent - love every single one!

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