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JGSDF Tachikawa Disaster Prevention Aviation Festival - 09/11/19

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JGSDF Tachikawa Disaster Prevention Aviation Festival - 09/11/19

Post by Nick Thompson » Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:37 pm

Earlier this month I travelled to Japan for 9 days, it seems 3 week before most headed out this weekend for the Hyakuri Air Festival!

On the Saturday of the trip, Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force Camp Tachikawa opened its doors for an open camp. Tachikawa, in the west of Tokyo is home to 3 squadrons of UH-1J Huey's which specialise in response to disasters; earthquakes, tsunamis and most recently Typhoon Hagibis. Tachikawa is the Eastern Army's headquarters and the headquarter flight operates OH-1s and the soon to be retired OH-6D. Tachikawa is also home to various civil operations including Tokyo Metropolitan Police, Tokyo Fire and the Japanese Coast Guard.

The show started early and the majority of the flying had concluded by 11:30. This meant much of the display suffered from the worst of the light conditions. However, after a lunch break 2 Chinooks conducted passenger rides for over 2 hours and there was a number of repositioning flights and departures from visiting display items throughout the afternoon. The day came to a stunning conclusion with all based and visiting UH-1s returning to the hard-standing having operated from grass around the airfield for the day's display.

So here's a selection of images from the day, this just scratches the surface on the images I took, access and photography conditions towards the end of the day were truly superb.

Nick

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ImageHughes (Kawasaki) OH-6D - 31311/ XIII - 13th Squadron/ 13th Brigade/ Middle Army - JGSDF - JGSDF Camp Hofu by Nick Thompson, on Flickr

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ImageBell (Fuji) AH-1S Cobra - 73443/ IVATH - 4th Anti-Tank Helicopter Unit - Eastern Army (Air Corps) - JGSDF - JGSDF Camp Kisarazu by Nick Thompson, on Flickr

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ImageAgustaWestland AB-139 - JA14MP - Tokyo Metropolitan Poice Department by Nick Thompson, on Flickr

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ImageBoeing (Kawasaki) CH-47J Chinook - 52918/ XII H - 2nd Squadron/ 12th Helicopter Unit/ Eastern Army (12th Brigade) - JGSDF - JGSDF Camp Soumagahara by Nick Thompson, on Flickr

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ImageBoeing (Kawasaki) CH-47J Chinook - 52934/ SK - Kasumigaura Campus JGSDF Aviation School - JGSDF - JGSDF Camp Kasumigaura by Nick Thompson, on Flickr

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ImageBoeing (Kawasaki) CH-47J Chinook - 52918/ XII H - 2nd Squadron/ 12th Helicopter Unit/ Eastern Army (12th Brigade) - JGSDF - JGSDF Camp Soumagahara by Nick Thompson, on Flickr

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ImageBell Fuji AH-1S Cobra - 73443/ IVATH - 4th Anti-Tank Helicopter Unit/ Eastern Army Air Corps - JGSDF - JGSDF Camp Kisarazu by Nick Thompson, on Flickr

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ImageBell Fuji UH-1J Iroquois - 41923/ I - 1st Squadron/ Eastern Army/ 1st Division Eastern Army Air Corps - JGSDF - JGSDF Camp Tachikawa by Nick Thompson, on Flickr

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ImageBell Fuji UH-1J Iroquois - 41909/ I - 1st Squadron/ Eastern Army/ 1st Division Eastern Army Air Corps - JGSDF - JGSDF Camp Tachikawa by Nick Thompson, on Flickr

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ImageBell (Fuji) UH-1J Iroquois - 41818/ SK - Kasumigaura Campus JGSDF Aviation School - JGSDF - JGSDF Camp Kasumigaura by Nick Thompson, on Flickr

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ImageBell (Fuji) UH-1J Iroquois - 41877/ EH - Eastern Army Helicopter Unit - Eastern Army (Air Corps) - JGSDF - JGSDF Camp Tachikawa by Nick Thompson, on Flickr

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ImageBell (Fuji) UH-1J Iroquois - 41877/ EH - Eastern Army Helicopter Unit - Eastern Army (Air Corps) - JGSDF - JGSDF Camp Tachikawa by Nick Thompson, on Flickr

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ImageBell (Fuji) UH-1J Iroquois - 41833/ EH - Eastern Army Helicopter Unit - Eastern Army (Air Corps) - JGSDF - JGSDF Camp Tachikawa by Nick Thompson, on Flickr

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ImageBell (Fuji) UH-1J Iroquois - 41856 - 1st Squadron/ 1st Division/ Eastern Army - JGSDF - JGSDF Camp Tachikawa by Nick Thompson, on Flickr
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Re: JGSDF Tachikawa Disaster Prevention Aviation Festival - 09/11/19

Post by TonyO » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:09 pm

Awesome stuff Nick, is this an annual event?

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Post by Mawgan4 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:49 pm

Brilliant set, thanks for posting! :thumbs:

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Re: JGSDF Tachikawa Disaster Prevention Aviation Festival - 09/11/19

Post by Seahawk 11 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:16 pm

These are fantastic, what a great set of photos,

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Re: JGSDF Tachikawa Disaster Prevention Aviation Festival - 09/11/19

Post by Nick Thompson » Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:50 pm

Cheers for the kind comments all,
TonyO wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:09 pm
Awesome stuff Nick, is this an annual event?
It is an annual event Tony, but doesn't seem to follow any pattern as to when its held in the year. It has been held in September, October and November in the past 5 years. Definitely an event to keep an eye on if planning a trip to Japan and want something a bit different.

Historically there's been some really nice visitors on top of the JGSDF assets; JMSDF Seahawks, Japan Coast Guard Super Pumas and the Yokota based USAF Hueys have also historically attended.

Nick
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Re: JGSDF Tachikawa Disaster Prevention Aviation Festival - 09/11/19

Post by Soundbarrier » Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:53 pm

Super Series. Great light. Nice backdrop. Just perfect ... :Wow: :cool: :thumb: :thumbs:

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Re: JGSDF Tachikawa Disaster Prevention Aviation Festival - 09/11/19

Post by LTFT5 » Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:43 pm

HI NIck
Stunning set of images :thumb:
All the best
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Re: JGSDF Tachikawa Disaster Prevention Aviation Festival - 09/11/19

Post by fisherman » Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:37 pm

Every one a winner! Thanks, Nick for such a vibrant and interesting :clap: set

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Re: JGSDF Tachikawa Disaster Prevention Aviation Festival - 09/11/19

Post by Nick Thompson » Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:21 pm

Thanks all for the kind comments :thumb:
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