Wednesday 16 April started at Shizuhama, as small air base where the T-7 trainers keep buzzing. A nice place for about two hours, after that it feels like “too much of the same”. Here also a visit by two men in black suits and brief cases. Smiles, group picture, handshakes… Less usual (but not entirely unknown) was that they waited in their car in the distance and eventually followed us until we entered the highway. As if they wanted to make sure that we were really gone. Of course we were gone, we had more things to do this day! First we had a peek at that air base of Nagoya; Komaki. After a small detour we had reached the parking lot of the shopping mall for a short photo session. We didn’t stay long since our next objective, the test base Gifu, was appealing to all. Once there the photographers were dropped in the approach and two men climbed the hill to try and read the serials. They saw a T-4, a Phantom, two Eagles and the silver C-1 take-off, which was very promising for the recovery later that afternoon. After the last aircraft had returned the museum was as good as closed and we could only capture the US-1 flying boat, Neptune and KV-107 that were parked outside. But, who can complain about that after yet another fine day in Japan! Yet again we had some driving to do, heading for the West Coast. A nice drive through the mountains with a huge number of tunnels. Halfway the option to choose a highway restaurant appeared to be the right choice. By now most of the group had gotten the hang of how to eat using the chopsticks.