In the early hours of Thursday 3 May, a group of nine Japan/Phantom lovers gathered at Amsterdam-Schiphol airport for the long journey to MCAS Iwakuni. For most it was the first visit to Japan. The first hop, to London-Heathrow, went smoothly. Their we saw our aircraft for the next stint with its engine cowlings open, not a good sign. The aircraft had just come in and the groundcrew noticed it was using too much oil. Not something you want to be without hallway to Japan. Another aircraft was prepared and with a four hour delay we got on our way. Not British Airways greatest hours as communication was non-existent with the passengers about what was going on. Our favourite employee at the JAL London office, Antje, was. However, from another level as she did everything possible to get us on the connecting flight from Tokyo to Hiroshima. Great job!