2003/06/11, 12 Matsushima Airbase (plus some photos from Tokyo International Airport)



I visited Japan in June 2003 for getting J-1 exchange program visa.  I needed it for working in U.S. as a researcher, and being able to go out from and come back to U.S. freely, which is necessary for visiting England to take photos of Concorde. Also I used this opportunity to practice for Concorde photo tour.

1-01.JPG (152020 bytes) Some civilian airliners.  Taken from the observation deck of Tokyo (Haneda) International Airport.
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1-32.JPG (137550 bytes) T-2 taking off.  It's one of the Japanese made airplanes.  But, T-2 had retired and this shot became my last opportunity to take photos of T-2.  In these days, there are many last photo opportunities like Concorde, T-2, and F-14  :-(
1-33.JPG (149259 bytes) This particular one was used in the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force's aerobatic team - Blue Impulse - before they switched the airplane to T-4.  The color scheme of this one is from Blue Impulse's color scheme.
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2-02.JPG (104341 bytes) T-4 Blue Impulse.  I was practicing taking photos of landings for Concorde photo tour.
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2-37.JPG (88261 bytes) T-2 again.
3-05.JPG (163284 bytes) F-2 being towed to the engine test facility near RW33.
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3-07.JPG (118860 bytes) T-2 again.  I think it was doing touch & goes.
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3-12.JPG (122311 bytes) T-2 with normal color scheme.
3-16.JPG (112916 bytes) Take-offs of F-2.
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3-24.JPG (120573 bytes) T-4 Blue Impulse taking off for the practice session above Matsushima Airbase.
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4-23.JPG (90853 bytes) Sometimes one or two airplanes are missing in the practice session.  No six was missing in this session.
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4-29.JPG (93271 bytes) T-2.
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5-04.JPG (110599 bytes) T-4 Blue Impulse coming back from the practice session.
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