Air show held at tsunami-hit ASDF base for 1st time in 7 years


The Blue Impulse of the Air Self-Defense Force on Sunday demonstrated precision flying aerobatics in the first air show in seven years at its base in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture.

The air base had suspended the event after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami heavily damaged the facility. Sunday's show was held to mark the completion of reconstruction work at the base, Fuji TV reported.

About 43,000 people visited the base on Sunday to watch the show by the aircraft. The planes formed a giant heart in the sky.

Visitors were able to walk on the tarmac after the show and look at various planes.

Originally founded in 1960 as a team of F-86 Sabres, the Blue Impulse changed to the Mitsubishi T-2 in 1980 and then to the Kawasaki T-4 in 1995.

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That's one pretty impressive photo. Wish I was the one that took it.

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so why the need for american bases? this is truly impressive.

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Thanks for wasting the gas and taxpayer money for something that has no relevance to actual combat. It's like a karate fighter chopping wooden slabs - all for show - but in a real fight...

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The amount of haters that post here is amazingly high.

Goodlucktoyou - the bases are not American they are joint US/Japan hence you see AB behind a base name and not AFB like in the US. Also the T-4 are meant to be impressive since its an air team. T also stand for Trainer.

Jalapeno - Are these your tax monies being spent for the goodwill of the Japanese people? If it is and you dont like it, please return to your country of origin and let the Japanese do what they can for their people.

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"It's like a karate fighter chopping wooden slabs" back in the day i had to break wood and bricks. apart from the psychological aspect, it gave me the ability to break bones. so effective. Japanese army can defend itself very fine. its the attack aspect i disagree with. trump says attack Iran, we must do it?

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psyops - so your mentality is: "Don't like it, then go home."

So one should NEVER question how tax money is spent or if it is wasted, like fuel for an air show? No one should question the sense of spending 2 billion USD on an Olympic Stadium, something which many JAPANESE people questioned. If the Japanese people question their own government's spending, as many do, where should they go. Should they leave Japan, as your logic seems to state?

Try again, my friend.

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The precision flying demonstrated by military aerobatic teams at airshows is relevant to combat. It's also a recruiting tool.

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Precision flying is very relevant to combat.

In much the same way an F-1 car will spin out of control if the driver pushes even 1kmph over the limit on a turn, even the slightest error when executing high speed maneuvers can result in engine stall, loss of control or pilot unconsciousness.

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Jalapeno - Lol where do you think you live? The US? basically if you are not a actual Japanese person then your moans, whines, protests and conplaints dont matter. Tax money may seem wasted to you but obviously not to the Japanese. You may know a few people who agree with you but i believe the majority dont have a problem with it. Hence no huge protests. The olympic stadium had some protests and some coverage but it wasnt enough to stop it since most people seem to be onboard with it. :) cheers buddy

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Psyops - not everyone nor does a majority have to agree with me. Japan is an interesting country, with people who have opinions on all sides of an issue. it was a whole lot of JAPANESE architects and people in Tokyo who protested the ballooning costs of the Olympic stadium. And I do pay taxes in Japan, and I DO care how that money is spent. One can still protest what the government does with its funding. Your reasoning that "If you don't like it, then leave" means you think everyone should just accept what the government does without so much as raising an eyebrow? Your turn.

Peace out, my friend.

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