The Friday, 9 April, started with a small warm-up; Shizuhama. The T-7s of this training unit had started their activities quite early as well and after capturing a number of the aircraft we decided it was enough and decided to focus on our next goal for this day; Gifu. After an uneventful drive to this Japanese test base, we were welcomed there by the Flying Testbed of the C-1. This first C-1, with a very long pitot tube, took off just before we arrived. The aircraft was later pictured during landing. Other goodies that flew this Friday afternoon where the prototype of the F-2B, a T-4 with a long pitot tube and the prototype of the P-1, that made several passes (accompanied by an Orion). At the end of the day we had, more or less, started our long journey to Kanoya, by spending the night in Aioi. The Saturday was marked for ‘travelling’. The original itinerary foresaw a short visit to Kanoya on Sunday afternoon. When it became clear that this particular Sunday would bring an air show at Kanoya, the schedule was altered slightly, making sure that we would be present in time for this air show. This meant that the Saturday would be a little monotonous; spending time in the car, while driving. Despite the distance that had to be covered, we did visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. After a flawless journey we checked in at our hotel in Miyakonojo early in the evening.