We had another early start on Thursday (20 April) to ensure we were in time at Iruma. But, Tokyo traffic had other ideas. After spending way too long in crawling traffic, we arrived at the base with only minutes to spare for the first departures. This morning’s launches brought us a diversity of aircraft rarely seen: T-4s both grey and white/red colours, YS11s in 3 versions, C-1, EC-1, etc. After roughly an hour, the field went quiet and we boarded our vans direction Atsugi to spend the rest of the day.
At Atsugi we encountered the usual, very varied mix of US and Japanese Navy aircraft. Highlights were probably the commander full colour VAW-115 E-2C as this squadron is about to be relocated back to the USA and the white and red Japanese UP-3.