JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 11 Apr 2007, 22:10
by J.J.
Anybody on our forums who is interested to talk about the "Japanese Viper"?

Latest related LM press release:

LOCKHEED MARTIN RECEIVES $150 MILLION CONTRACT FOR F-2 COMPONENT WORK

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 2, 2007 --

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a contract from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) on March 31 valued at $150 million to manufacture components for five additional F-2 production aircraft. MHI is the prime contractor for the F-2, Japan’s operational support fighter.

"Japan selected the Lockheed Martin F-16 multi-role fighter in 1987 as the basis for the joint Japan-U.S. design of a new support fighter for the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF), and Lockheed Martin began delivery of production airframe and avionics components and other F-2 systems to MHI in 1998. We continue to deliver quality products that meet their needs and those of the JASDF," said Jim Shidler, Lockheed Martin F-2 program director. "We have also begun support of MHI as they and the JASDF consider and incorporate specific new systems and weapons onto the F-2 to enhance its operational flexibility and capability."

The Japan Government recently authorized the total production of 94 F-2 aircraft, and this new award to Lockheed Martin brings the total aircraft under contract to 86. Lockheed Martin is producing components for 81 F-2 aircraft from those orders initiated under the 10 previous annual contracts. Under this new contract, the company will provide all of the aft fuselages, wing leading-edge flaps and stores management systems; 80 percent of all left-hand wing boxes; and other avionics and avionics support equipment. Lockheed Martin components are shipped to MHI’s Komaki-South facility in Nagoya, Japan, where they are assembled with other components by MHI to form the F-2. MHI delivered the first production aircraft to the Ministry of Defense in September 2000, and has delivered 71 aircraft to date.

Lockheed Martin successfully completed all component deliveries in January 2007 for its ninth annual production contract with MHI. Delivery of major components for the tenth contract, signed last year, began in December 2006. This year’s contract, the eleventh, is effective immediately with deliveries scheduled to begin in February 2008. Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 370 major airframe, avionics and avionics support equipment components in this successful partnership with MHI since production deliveries began.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2006 sales of over $39.6 billion.

Contact:
Laurie Quincy, 817-777-0647
e-mail: laurie.a.quincy@lmco.com


<a href="http://www.lockheedmartin.com/wms/findPage.do?dsp=fec&ci=18287&rsbci=0&fti=112&ti=0&sc=400">Source</a>

Associated picture:

RE: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 11 Apr 2007, 23:07
by johnwill
I was lucky enough to be assigned to the F-2 program in 1998 during the flight test program at Gifu AB, outside of Nagoya, Japan. Our Lockheed flight test support team consisted of a team leader, and engineers from avionics, flight control, and structures (me). I had not been involved in design or manufacturing, so it was a good opportunity to learn about the airplane. The Japanese team was very hospitible, but we were not given much to do. Later, I returned to the base as the the only Lockheed engineer there and was much more directly involved in the flight test.

The Gifu AB flight test facility was first class and for the most part, the engineers were also. All in all, not much different from testing at Edwards, except Eddy has better weather and clearer air space.

From an engineering standpoint, the airplane had some development problems, just like all other advanced airplanes. That is why we test - find the problems and fix them.

Unread postPosted: 11 Apr 2007, 23:56
by J.J.
Many thanks for your first reply to this new topic, johnwill! Very nice that you are an F-2 program professional! Would you tell us some further details? Anybody of our F-16.net users who has already an F-2 Aircraft Database "on hand" (including serial and tail numbers)?

Unread postPosted: 12 Apr 2007, 02:06
by FDiron
How was the wing cracking situation remedied? I hope it was not just by reducing the maximum Gs the aircraft could pull.

Unread postPosted: 12 Apr 2007, 19:08
by johnwill
Sorry I can't supply any late information, as I left the program in May 2001. Not sure what wing cracking you are referring to, FDiron. There were no cracking problems while I was on the program, but there were some composite bonding problems. As you probably know, the wing is a co-cured composite structure, where the spars, ribs, and lower skin are all bonded together. One of the advantages of this type of construction is the elimination of fastener holes in the lower skin. Lower skin fastener holes are a potential source of cracks due to repeated loads. Ground structural tests showed the need to develop better bonding methods in certain areas and that was done. Of course, composite structure does not normally crack, it delaminates.

Reducing g-limits is not normally a response to cracking problems. Flight test involves measuring structural loads all over the airplane and comparing with design loads. If measured loads are significantly larger than design loads, then sometimes maneuver limits are reduced until the structures can be improved. Airplanes already built can be strengthened, and redesign applied to new airplanes.

If cracks appear, crack growth is monitored, and sometimes growth can be stopped by grinding out the crack or drilling small holes at the crack tip. Reducing maneuver limits does not really help much with cracking, since cracks will continue to grow with repeated low magnitude loads.

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2007, 11:27
by Gamera
J.J. wrote: Anybody on our forums who is interested to talk about the "Japanese Viper"?


The proper unofficial nickname is "Viper-Zero".

J.J wrote: Anybody of our F-16.net users who has already an F-2 Aircraft Database "on hand" (including serial and tail numbers)?


As you may know, the usual suspects for data such as all F-2 serial numbers, are
http://www.f2-supporter.net/F2info/index.html
http://homepage2.nifty.com/scotch_w/scotch_photo.htm

Unread postPosted: 28 Apr 2007, 00:04
by johnwill
Interestingly enough (to me anyway) we flight tested the F-2 at Gifu AB, the same base where the A6M Zero was tested almost 70 years ago. They still have a Zero there, although it had not been restored the last time I was there, 2001. I seem to remember that my friend in the JASDF told me it had been raised from the ocean and would never be restored.

Unread postPosted: 28 Apr 2007, 00:59
by Gamera
[quote="johnwill"]They still have a Zero there, although it had not been restored the last time I was there, 2001. [/quote]

http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~ku3n-kym/he ... /gifu.html

It looks FUBAR.

Unread postPosted: 28 Apr 2007, 06:15
by johnwill
Yes, that is the one I saw in 2001. FUBAR indeed!

Unread postPosted: 07 Jun 2007, 11:42
by Gamera
http://www.asagumo-news.com/news/200705 ... 53110.html
reported:

31 May 2007:
From 29 May 2007 to 4 July 2007, JASDF will participate in Japan-US joint exercise Cope North Guam 07, at Anderson AFB, Guam.
From 10 to 23 June 2007, F-2 replaces F-4EJ for first time.

Japan side: eight F-2 and two E-2C of 3rd Koukuudan, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture. About 230 personnel, led by Colonel Arima Tatsuya.
Supported by C-130H of 1st Yusou Koukuutai.
Flight course: Misawa, Hyakuri, Ioujima (Iwo Jima), Anderson AFB.

US side: 5th Air Force (Yokota), 13th Air Force, 27th expeditionary wing (Cannon AFB, New Mexico). 18 F-16.

F-2 will drop live 500-pound bombs at bombing range at Farallon de Medinilla Island, one of Northern Mariana Islands.
http://wikitravel.org/ja/%E5%8C%97%E3%8 ... 8%E5%B3%B6

Unread postPosted: 07 Jun 2007, 22:02
by J.J.
Gamera wrote:As you may know, the usual suspects for data such as all F-2 serial numbers, are
http://www.f2-supporter.net/F2info/index.html
http://homepage2.nifty.com/scotch_w/scotch_photo.htm


Thanks for these important links and also for your latest info, Gamera!

Unread postPosted: 26 Jun 2007, 16:52
by Gamera
http://www.asagumo-news.com/news/200706 ... 62106.html

Photo of JASDF F-2A at Guam, for Cope North Guam 07.

Unread postPosted: 03 Jul 2007, 13:31
by Gamera
http://www.asagumo-news.com/news/200706 ... 62808.html

"Japan-US joint 'Cope North Guam' is over
F-2 first anti-ground live bombing"

http://www.asagumo-news.com/news/200706 ... 62805.html

"Jap Ministry of Defense English version HP contents renovation
Photographs and animations many uses"

Unread postPosted: 03 Jul 2007, 13:40
by Elliboom
Damn, I am leaving for guam next week, it would have been cool to get some pictures of the F-2 while it was still there.

Happy Birthday

Unread postPosted: 26 Sep 2007, 06:45
by Gamera
http://www.asagumo-news.com/news/200709 ... 92011.html

Saturday, 1 September 2007:
3rd Koukuudan, JASDF, based at Misawa AB, Misawa Prefecture.
50th anniversary.

Remembrance for members killed on duty.
Flight of five F-2, and flight of four F-4EJ Kai.

Misawa AB air show on 2 September.

In December 1957 (Shouwa 32), established at Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture. Equipped with F-86D and F-86F.
Later, moved to Komaki AB, Aichi Prefecture.
1978 (Shouwa 53), moved to Misawa AB.
Equipped with F-1, F-4, and from 2000 (Heisei 12), F-2.
2009 (Heisei 21), will have two Hikoutai of F-2.

RE: Happy Birthday

Unread postPosted: 27 Sep 2007, 16:03
by Gamera
http://www1a.biglobe.ne.jp/mediaeye/ind ... _news.html

"JASDF 3rd Air Wing 50th Anniversary Ceremony"

Three aircraft with yellowish special markings:

F-2A. 73-8543. 3rd Sq.
F-4EJ Kai. 37-8312. 8th Sq.
T-4. 06-5650. Northern Support Flight.

RE: Happy Birthday

Unread postPosted: 01 Nov 2007, 09:25
by Asif
A F-2B crashed during a test flight. Both Test pilots survive

ITN & SKY News have a video showing the incident Pilots survive jet crash & Japanese Jet Fighter Crash Caught On CCTV

AFP wrote:Police raid Mitsubishi Heavy factory over fighter jet crash

Japanese police on Thursday searched a factory of major industrial maker Mitsubishi Heavy Industries over the crash of a fighter jet as a company executive apologised for the accident.

The Japanese F-2 fighter jet burst into flames just after takeoff at Nagoya airport in central Japan on Wednesday although its two pilots managed to escape with relatively minor injuries.

"Eight personnel from the prefectural police came over. The search is going on" at the Komaki Minami factory, which was in charge of maintenance of the jet, a Mitsubishi Heavy spokesman said.

It is not yet certain whether a human error or mechanical trouble caused the accident but Mitsubishi Heavy offered an apology for causing concern among local residents.

"We deeply apologise for causing worries and nuisance to the people concerned," Mitsubishi Heavy managing director Nobuo Toda said, bowing as he met with Aichi prefectural governor Masaaki Kanda.

The Nagoya airport is located in Aichi prefecture, an industrial hub which is also home to auto giant Toyota Motor Corp.

Police said they were probing the case but declined to disclose further details. Local media said they were searching the factory on suspicion of professional negligence.

The plane was about to start its first test flight since it was docked for regular check-ups.

It nosedived immediately after takeoff at the airport, which is also used by the Japanese air force, and glided on its tail over the runway before swerving off into the grass, television footage showed.

The fire on the plane, estimated to be worth 12 billion yen (100 million dollars), was put out in half an hour.

Resembling the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the F-2 has been the mainstay of officially pacifist Japan's air force since 2000.

RE: Happy Birthday

Unread postPosted: 01 Nov 2007, 11:06
by Gamera
Wednesday, 31 October 2007:
F-2B.
Probably 21st Hikoutai, 4th Koukuudan, JASDF, based at Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture.
About 9:13, during take off (south to north), from about 50 m AGL, suddenly pitched down, fell on runway, caught fire, pitched up, slid on runway for 400 m (scratches with depths 5-10 cm), skidded off runway, stopped in grass, west of runway, 300-400 m east of control tower, at Prefectural Nagoya AP (formerly Nagoya IAP), Toyoyama Town, Aichi Prefecture.
Two Mitsubishi Heavy Industries test pilots did not eject, and exited aircraft by themselves. Pilot Nagata Keiji (52) heavily wounded, co-pilot Mizushima Mitsuo (56) lightly wounded.
Nagata's lungs injured and ribs cracked; hospitalised for up to two months.

Test flight for touch-and-go and flight above Japan Sea, after first maintenance in third year of active service, at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Komaki Minami factory beside airport.
Aircraft had 740 flight hours. Assembled at same factory in March 2004. First accepted by JASDF in 2004. Returned to same factory for maintenance on 21 May 2007.
Engine had about 1,000 hours, and made by Ishikawajima Harima Heavy Industries. On 3 October, dismounted from another F-2, and mounted on accident F-2.

Fire trucks extinguished fire after 30 minutes.
From 9:20, single runway (2,740 m) closed. Civilian flights cancelled, delayed, or diverted to Chuubu Kokusai Kuukou (Centrair IAP), Aichi Prefecture.

Pilots are retired JASDF pilots. Nagata has 5,796 flight hours. Mizushima has 6,302 flight hours.

For reference, serial numbers of F-2B, 21st Hikoutai, based at Matsushima AB:
http://www.f2-supporter.net/F2info/F2B/index.html

Videos:
http://www.mbs.jp/news/jnn_3695931_zen.shtml
http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/ann/news/web/ ... 1031215028
(mms://wmt-od.stream.ne.jp/tv-asahi/tv-a ... 15028_300k)
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews/ ... -soci.html
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews/ ... -soci.html
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews/ ... -soci.html
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews/ ... -soci.html
http://news.tbs.co.jp/newseye/tbs_newseye3695931.html

[Too blurry and far to read serial number. News announcers and reporters are not cute.]

Photos:
http://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/natio ... 60801.html
http://www.iza.ne.jp/news/newsarticle/event/95723/
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071 ... i.view-000
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071 ... i.view-000
http://news.goo.ne.jp/picture/kyodo/nat ... 00604.html
http://news.goo.ne.jp/picture/kyodo/nat ... 00261.html
http://news.goo.ne.jp/picture/jiji/nati ... 1X309.html

Text:
http://www.iza.ne.jp/news/newsarticle/event/95778/
http://www.iza.ne.jp/news/newsarticle/event/95723/
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071 ... 2-mai-soci
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071 ... 2-mai-soci
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071 ... 9-san-soci
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071 ... 7-san-soci
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071 ... 3-jij-soci
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071 ... 4-mai-soci
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071 ... 4-jij-soci
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071 ... -maip-soci
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071 ... 5-yom-soci
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071 ... 1-yom-soci

RE: Happy Birthday

Unread postPosted: 01 Nov 2007, 14:51
by Gamera
] but I'm guessing 43-8126.)

According to the photo at
http://mainichi.jp/select/jiken/graph/20071031/6.jpg
in
http://mainichi.jp/select/jiken/graph/2 ... index.html
the serial number is either "126" (43-8126) or "128" (43-8128), but based on the list at
http://www.f2-supporter.net/F2info/F2B/index.html
which is last updated on 2006.11.13, "128" is assigned to 3rd Hikoutai, based at Misawa AB, not to "4th Koukuudan, based at Matsushima AB" as reported in news articles.

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071 ... 4-yom-soci
recalls: five years ago, nine JASDF aircraft under maintenance at the same MHI factory were sabotaged. Some electric cables were cut, etc.

Unread postPosted: 01 Nov 2007, 17:08
by Lightndattic
Did the pilots eject, or did they ride it out, then blow the canopy?

Unread postPosted: 01 Nov 2007, 17:12
by Gamera
Probably they rode it out, then blew the canopy.

http://www1.airliners.net/search/photo. ... entry=true

43-8126 with 21st Hikoutai 30th anniversary special markings in 2006.

http://www.habu2.net/vipers/viperkits/72/kits72.c.html
http://www.hasegawa-model.co.jp/06-12.html

43-8126 with 21st Hikoutai 30th anniversary special markings, model kit by Hasegawa.

Unread postPosted: 03 Nov 2007, 09:43
by Gamera
http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/mikanori1217/38246681.html

Left arrow: landing gear.
Right arrow: nose cone.

http://blog.goo.ne.jp/akizuki01/e/eb23a ... a38ae0af67
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/akizuki01/e/45b7d ... aa8c9c515c

Conspiracy theory: accident F-2 flight control system sabotaged at that MHI factory.
In the past, on F-4s under maintenance, electric cables were cut.
On F-15s under maintenance, electric plugs were bent.

F-2 Viper Zero

Unread postPosted: 15 Nov 2007, 15:22
by Gamera
http://www.asahi.com/national/update/11 ... 50016.html
http://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/natio ... 64666.html
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071 ... 3-mai-soci
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071 ... 4-yom-soci
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071 ... 4-jij-soci

Thursday, 15 November 2007:
According to JMOD accident investigation committee, flight recorder data analysed.
Cause was incorrect wire connections of two flight control sensors: pitch rate gyro (detects up-down direction of aircraft nose) and roll rate gyro (detects roll of aircraft).
Wires of one sensor were connceted to the other sensor, and vice versa.

During take off, when pilot's control stick attempted to raise aircraft nose, flight control computer could not correctly recognise situation and thought aircraft nose had not risen. Computer over-actuated horizontal stabilisers, and aircraft rapidly climbed.
Pilot realised abnormal pitch, attempted to lower aircraft nose, computer thought aircraft nose had not lowered, and over-actuated horizontal stabilisers. Aircraft rapidly dived and crashed.
Not pilot (human) error.

F-2 flights will resume, after all aircraft wire connections are checked.

http://www.masdf.com/crm/nedan1.html

Costs of F-2 (12.06 billion Yen) and other modern combat aircraft.

RE: F-2 Viper Zero

Unread postPosted: 17 Nov 2007, 15:25
by Gamera
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071 ... -mailo-l40

Friday, 16 November 2007:
F-2 flights resumed at Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture.
At 13:40 and 13:55, each time four F-2 took off at the air base.
F-2 will also fly at the Tsuiki AB air show on 24 November.

When will F-15 resume flights is unknown.

RE: F-2 Viper Zero

Unread postPosted: 22 Nov 2007, 13:04
by Gamera
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071 ... 9-mai-soci

Thursday, 22 November 2007:
F-2 flights resume at Prefectural Nagoya AP, Aichi Prefecture.
Afternoon, a F-2 from Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture, landed at Prefectural Nagoya AP, for repair at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Komaki Minami factory beside the airport.

Re: RE: F-2 Viper Zero

Unread postPosted: 22 Nov 2007, 20:36
by asiatrails
Gamera wrote:http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071122-00000059-mai-soci

Thursday, 22 November 2007:
F-2 flights resume at Prefectural Nagoya AP, Aichi Prefecture.
Afternoon, a F-2 from Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture, landed at Prefectural Nagoya AP, for repair at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Komaki Minami factory beside the airport.



Gamera, good work. As all the links are in Japanese, here is a rough and quick translation of the last link which says:

Flight reopening Aichi prefecture November 22nd of the F2 close support fighter made at Nagoya airport after the last month 31st, crash of the F2 close support fighter of Air Self Defense Force, 2 crew-members injured heavily in the accident ?? flesh wound.

Accident happened, 22nd in the afternoon, at the Air Self-Defense Force works base (Fukuoka prefecture Chikujo Cho) at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Komaki south factory, it landed ?? fell to ground on the Nagoya airport.

Concerning F2 where as for the latest accident the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries error wiring which serviced the fuselage is seen as cause, as for the prefecture is carried in the same factory as "further investigation of cause needing"

RE: Re: RE: F-2 Viper Zero

Unread postPosted: 28 Nov 2007, 16:34
by Gamera
http://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/natio ... 65676.html

15 November 2007:
Possible cause of F-2B crash was cables of incorrect lengths.
When cables are correct lengths according to design manual, cannot incorrectly connect connectors of cables to sensors.
At least one of six other F-2 at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Komaki Minami factory, has cables of incorrect lengths and can cause incorrect connections.

Re: RE: Re: RE: F-2 Viper Zero

Unread postPosted: 29 Nov 2007, 02:03
by asiatrails
Gamera wrote:http://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/national/news/CK2007112002065676.html

15 November 2007:
Possible cause of F-2B crash was cables of incorrect lengths.
When cables are correct lengths according to design manual, cannot incorrectly connect connectors of cables to sensors.
At least one of six other F-2 at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Komaki Minami factory, has cables of incorrect lengths and can cause incorrect connections.


According to this report the wiring looms to the flight control computers was found to be incorect so that the gyro's could be cross connected. Investigation of another aircraft undergoing maintenance at the same facility showed the same problem. The investigation is now focusing on negligence.

Re: RE: F-2 Viper Zero

Unread postPosted: 29 Nov 2007, 06:40
by itsboy
asiatrails wrote:
Gamera wrote:http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071122-00000059-mai-soci

Thursday, 22 November 2007:
F-2 flights resume at Prefectural Nagoya AP, Aichi Prefecture.
Afternoon, a F-2 from Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture, landed at Prefectural Nagoya AP, for repair at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Komaki Minami factory beside the airport.



Gamera, good work. As all the links are in Japanese, here is a rough and quick translation of the last link which says:

Flight reopening Aichi prefecture November 22nd of the F2 close support fighter made at Nagoya airport after the last month 31st, crash of the F2 close support fighter of Air Self Defense Force, 2 crew-members injured heavily in the accident ?? flesh wound.

Accident happened, 22nd in the afternoon, at the Air Self-Defense Force works base (Fukuoka prefecture Chikujo Cho) at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Komaki south factory, it landed ?? fell to ground on the Nagoya airport.

Concerning F2 where as for the latest accident the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries error wiring which serviced the fuselage is seen as cause, as for the prefecture is carried in the same factory as "further investigation of cause needing"


If I may add, Aichi prefecture has authorized landing but has not authorized take off of F-2 yet.

RE: Re: RE: F-2 Viper Zero

Unread postPosted: 31 Dec 2007, 12:48
by Gamera
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20071 ... 1-yom-soci

31 December 2007:
Aichi Prefectural Police deduced wiring misconnections to two workers at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Komaki Minami factory.
By end of January 2008, Aichi Prefectural Police will send documents to Nagoya District Public Prosecutor's Office for the "professional negligence resulting in injury" charge.

RE: Re: RE: F-2 Viper Zero

Unread postPosted: 31 Dec 2007, 17:35
by asiatrails
Gamera, thanks for the update. In this article the miss wiring appears to have been done further up in the fuselage and was not a simple cross connection of the wiring looms to the flight control computers, as a result of this miss wiring the flight computers failed at takeoff. The Japanese authorities appear to be putting the fault as "professional negligence" onto the Nagoya factory employees and inspection procedures.

Unread postPosted: 31 Dec 2007, 17:59
by elp
I visited Gifu for a few days back in late '83 for their big product airshow. Fun place.

Unread postPosted: 31 Dec 2007, 18:55
by Gamera
] Gifu for a few days back in late '83

Gifu in late '83, eh? You saw any flying Sabre or Starfighter? XD

] as a result of this miss wiring the flight computers failed at takeoff.

IMO, the avionics, flight control computer, flight control software, and pitch/roll rate sensors didn't fail. They worked as advertised and as designed, actually. They were just disinformed by the data they received.

To paraphrase the former US President Ronald Reagan: they only know what they are told.

Unread postPosted: 01 Jan 2008, 04:14
by asiatrails
Gamera, sorry about the vague wording.

What I intended to say was that it appears that none of the three primary computers could get a resolution of the inputs within acceptable limits and they took themselves off line, why the limited backup loop also failed has not, as far as I know, been publicly stated.

Based on published reports it appears that the production control system in the F2 is a triple redundant digital fly-by-wire(FBW) system based on the Block 40 F-16 flight control system with additional development features from the T-2 CCV FBW system concepts. It also has a a simplified analog backup circuit.

With this type of design the system functional logic would require two of the boxes to agree to maintain control.

Conspiracy theories

Unread postPosted: 01 Jan 2008, 05:30
by Gamera
WRT the human factors of the accident, as said before, suspected sabotages to multiple JASDF jet fighters at that Mitsubishi factory happened some years ago, and the company added security measures, such as CCTV cameras in the workplace, but they didn't or haven't enough evidence to publicly catch any saboteur.

RE: Conspiracy theories

Unread postPosted: 21 Jan 2008, 15:35
by Gamera
Monday, 21 January 2008:
F-2.
3rd Koukuudan, JASDF, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.
9:20, grip of control stick broke at its base, during air combat training, above Pacific Ocean, 100 km east of Misawa AB.
Electrical system cords still connected, and functions were controllable and normal, when pilot pushed in and fixated base part of grip.
After 30 minutes, emergency landed at Misawa AB.
Pilot not wounded.

Broken was metal part that fixated plastic grip part of control stick (length, 20 cm).
Accident aircraft entered service in 2001.
75 F-2 grounded for examination at fives bases, include Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture, and Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture.

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20080 ... 3-jij-soci
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20080 ... 0-mai-soci
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20080 ... 7-yom-soci

RE: Conspiracy theories

Unread postPosted: 21 Jan 2008, 16:29
by asiatrails
Gamera, Thanks for the update.

From the last article from the Yomiuri Online it appears that the sidestick controller broke off about 2.5 inches above the base and the pilot recovered by using this stub to fly back to base. I think the F-16 had similar problems years ago which were fixed.

Rough Translation of Japanese Text

The joy-stick of the Air Self-Defense Force close support fighter came off resulting in an emergency landing at Misawa on January 21st about 9:20 AM.

The Air Self Defense Force Misawa base 3rd Fighter wing is equipped with the F2 close support fighter.

During a training flight approximately 100 KM out over the eastern Pacific Ocean the side stick controller grip came off. The pilot declared an emergency, grasping the remaining several centimeters which remained, operated the jet for 30 minutes and landed safely at Misawa base.

F-2 Viper Zero

Unread postPosted: 21 Jan 2008, 17:28
by Gamera

Unread postPosted: 21 Jan 2008, 19:19
by StolichnayaStrafer
So, how is the F-2? If I recall, it's like an F-16 on steroids(a little larger, overall) with minor restriction to forward vision from canopy framing. How does it compare with our later model F-16s? Love their paint scheme though. 8)

Unread postPosted: 22 Jan 2008, 17:39
by Gamera
A Jap article at
http://www.asahi.com/national/update/01 ... 10468.html
reports: instead of the control stick, the pilot uses a "force sensor" (5 cm length rod) to stabilise the aircraft.

What "force sensor" rod? (Luke Skywalker?)

Unread postPosted: 23 Jan 2008, 03:25
by asiatrails
Gamera wrote:A Jap article at
http://www.asahi.com/national/update/01 ... 10468.html
reports: instead of the control stick, the pilot uses a "force sensor" (5 cm length rod) to stabilise the aircraft.

What "force sensor" rod? (Luke Skywalker?)


A sidestick controller uses force beam sensors with a little bit of tactile travel to send the control signals into the aircraft.

From this article it appears that the controller broke off at the base of the handle leaving a 5cm stub standing up. He was able to use this stub to provide sufficient control inputs to return to base. All the aircraft are being inspected for the same condition.

F-2 Viper Zero

Unread postPosted: 23 Jan 2008, 15:59
by Gamera
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20080 ... 8-mai-soci
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20080 ... 8-jij-soci

Wednesday, 23 January 2008:
JMOD accident investigation committee announced: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has organisational problems, including MHI workers cannot distinguish between wirings of the two aircraft control devices (sensors), and operation procedure manual has unclear contents.

Between main computer and each sensor are three wires.
Wires have printings. Connectors are two types, L-shape and straight, and cannot misconnect into sockets. But worker reversed L-shape connectors, and misconnected into sockets.
Second aircraft maintained by worker, who claimed did not know importance of sensors, and did not remember misconnections.
Later, inspector and supervisor did not find mistake.

Unread postPosted: 23 Jan 2008, 18:48
by johnwill
If the stick truly broke off, the pilot most likely used trim commands to fly the airplane back to the base and land. Pitch and roll trim are on the stick, with pitch, roll, and yaw trim available on the flight control panel.

Unread postPosted: 28 Jan 2008, 14:15
by Gamera
http://www.asahi.com/national/update/01 ... 80010.html

28 January 2008:
JASDF aircraft test flights resume at Prefectural Nagoya AP, Aichi Prefecture, three months after F-2B crashed on 31 October 2007.
16:45, one helicopter took off for test flight.

Re: RE: Conspiracy theories

Unread postPosted: 31 Jan 2008, 04:24
by Lodni_Kranazon
asiatrails wrote:Gamera, Thanks for the update.

From the last article from the Yomiuri Online it appears that the sidestick controller broke off about 2.5 inches above the base and the pilot recovered by using this stub to fly back to base.

Rough Translation of Japanese Text

The joy-stick of the Air Self-Defense Force close support fighter came off resulting in an emergency landing at Misawa on January 21st about 9:20 AM.

During a training flight approximately 100 KM out over the eastern Pacific Ocean the side stick controller grip came off. The pilot declared an emergency, grasping the remaining several centimeters which remained, operated the jet for 30 minutes and landed safely at Misawa base.


I'm sure that would entail a somewhat elevated pucker factor! :shock: Glad the pilot was OK & he got the bird back! :D

RE: Re: RE: Conspiracy theories

Unread postPosted: 05 Feb 2008, 15:09
by Gamera
http://www.asagumo-news.com/news/200801 ... 13109.html

On and after 25 January 2008:
Plastic grip of F-2 control stick now fastened by seven screws to metal base of stick.

RE: Re: RE: Conspiracy theories

Unread postPosted: 06 Mar 2008, 14:36
by Gamera
http://www.asahi.com/national/update/03 ... 50011.html
http://www.nikkei.co.jp/news/shakai/200 ... 32008.html
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/affairs/crime/ ... 017-n1.htm

JASDF F-2B crash on 31 October 2007...

5 March 2008:
Within next few days, Aichi Prefectural Police decided to send documents to Nagoya District Public Prosecutor's Office, about three Mitsubishi Heavy Industries employees, on suspicion of professional negligence resulting in aviation danger acts and injury.

RE: Re: RE: Conspiracy theories

Unread postPosted: 26 Mar 2008, 07:28
by Gamera
Tuesday, 18 March 2008:
F-2.
JASDF, based at Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture.
T.F.O.A.
Dropped a part from rudder of tail fin.
Plastic panel. Length, 80 cm. Thick, 1 mm. Weight, 900 g. Width, 55 cm.

11:53, took off.
Flew west of North Alps, and north to sea near Noto Peninsula. Above Gifu, Toyama, and Ishikawa Prefectures.
13: 19, returned to base.

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20080 ... 5-mai-soci

Video:
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews/ ... -soci.html

RE: Re: RE: Conspiracy theories

Unread postPosted: 09 Apr 2008, 17:08
by Gamera
http://www.lockheedmartin.com/news/pres ... bishi.html

"LOCKHEED MARTIN RECEIVES TWELFTH ANNUAL CONTRACT FOR F-2 COMPONENT WORK"

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 8th, 2008 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received a contract from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) valued at approximately $250 million to manufacture components for eight additional F-2 production aircraft. MHI is the prime contractor for the F-2, Japan’s operational support fighter.

RE: Re: RE: Conspiracy theories

Unread postPosted: 16 Apr 2008, 12:23
by Gamera
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20080 ... 25-san-pol

On or about 16 April 2008, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries paid up the 5.65 million Yen to Prefectural Nagoya AP as repair cost of the runway lights and runway surface damaged during the F-2 test flight by MHI.

RE: Re: RE: Conspiracy theories

Unread postPosted: 17 Apr 2008, 01:54
by asiatrails
That's some high cost light bulbs and tarmac.

I was under the impression that the runway remained in service, am I wrong?

RE: Re: RE: Conspiracy theories

Unread postPosted: 17 Apr 2008, 10:58
by Gamera
From 9:20, single runway (2,740 m) closed. Civilian flights cancelled, delayed, or diverted to Chuubu Kokusai Kuukou (Centrair IAP), Aichi Prefecture.
From 23:49, runway re-opened.

http://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/natio ... 68175.html

Thursday, 29 November 2007:
Nagoya Prefecture requests 5 million Yen from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, as compensation for Prefectural Nagoya AP repair cost.
On runway, scratches were maximum depth 10 cm, length 200 m. Asphalt replaced at seven places.
10 guidance lights (diameter 20 cm, height 20 cm) mowed and replaced.

J-Air total 28 flights cancelled, four flights diverted to Chuubu Kokusai Kuukou (Centrair IAP).
Landing income for 15 flights that could not land at Prefectural Nagoya AP, each 11,620 Yen, total 174,300 Yen.
Compensation amount excludes this landing income.

RE: Re: RE: Conspiracy theories

Unread postPosted: 18 Apr 2008, 01:19
by asiatrails
Thats 332,352 Yen per item (patch or light) in US terms $3,324 per item - expensive asphalt and lights

RE: Re: RE: Conspiracy theories

Unread postPosted: 18 Apr 2008, 15:14
by Gamera
http://www.asagumo-news.com/news/200804 ... 41003.html

1 April 2008:
F-2 flight squad newly established under 8th Hikoutai, 3rd Koukuudan, JASDF, at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture. Assigned two F-2.
All about 20 F-4 of same Hikoutai will retire by end of 2008. Replaced by about 10 F-2 in each of 2008 and 2009, for total about 20 F-2.

By 2001 March, under 3rd Koukuudan, 3rd Hikoutai was first F-2 squadron, and replaced F-1.
After training, assigned intercept missions, from 2004 March.

After next two years, same air base will be the only JASDF Koukuudan with two F-2 Hikoutai.

RE: Re: RE: Conspiracy theories

Unread postPosted: 26 Apr 2008, 15:04
by Gamera
Just saw these 1:144 model kits of JASDF aircraft, by Platz, for the first time at a local hobby shop.
The line up includes: F-2A,
http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/1114.html
http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/1050.html
F-4EJ, F-104J,
http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/1144.html
http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/687.html
UH-60J (TV anime Yomigaeru Sora -Rescue Wings- version),
http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/784.html
and JASDF weapon set.
http://www.platz-hobby.com/products/1053.html

Different product numbers of the same aircraft mean different decals.

F-2 #543

Unread postPosted: 26 Apr 2008, 18:53
by Gamera

RE: F-2 #543

Unread postPosted: 10 May 2008, 04:05
by Gamera
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20080 ... -mailo-l40

Wednesday, 7 May 2008:
F-2.
6th Hikoutai, based at Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture.
Demonstrates regular "hit barrier training" to reporters. Emergency landing by arrester cable and tail hook.

In case of brake malfunction, and aircraft full of fuel and ordnance just after take off.
Cables at 600 m from each end of runway.

Aircraft lands at 100 km/h. Hook gets cable. Stops after 300 m.
Ground crew check aircraft and runway. Runway re-opens for take off and landing of other aircraft.

RE: F-2 #543

Unread postPosted: 16 May 2008, 08:00
by Gamera
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20080 ... -mailo-l02

13-16 May 2008:
JASDF-USAF joint exercise at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture. Twice per year.

Two sessions per day. Up to 17 aircraft.
JASDF: F-2 and F-4 of Misawa AB. F-15 of Chitose AB, Hokkaidou.
USAF: F-16 of Misawa AB.

RE: F-2 #543

Unread postPosted: 09 Jun 2008, 16:20
by Gamera
http://nsx-ask21-kazu.cocolog-nifty.com ... _cafb.html

Reportedly, a photo of the Mitsubishi F-2 flight simulator.

Re: RE: F-2 #543

Unread postPosted: 10 Jun 2008, 05:29
by geogen
Gamera wrote:http://nsx-ask21-kazu.cocolog-nifty.com/blueribbon0721/2005/05/post_cafb.html

Reportedly, a photo of the Mitsubishi F-2 flight simulator.


Or it could be the 2010 Toyota plug-in Prius simulator??? :wink:

Have to respect Japanese tech and leadership.

Re: RE: F-2 #543

Unread postPosted: 10 Jun 2008, 23:36
by asiatrails
geogen wrote:
Gamera wrote:http://nsx-ask21-kazu.cocolog-nifty.com/blueribbon0721/2005/05/post_cafb.html

Reportedly, a photo of the Mitsubishi F-2 flight simulator.


Or it could be the 2010 Toyota plug-in Prius simulator??? :wink:

Have to respect Japanese tech and leadership.


No, if I read it correctly it is the F-2 simulator. What is interesting is the stated location, it appears to be located at the JAL training site at Narita.

RE: Re: RE: F-2 #543

Unread postPosted: 11 Jun 2008, 05:25
by geogen
LoL, I was kidding there, asiatrai. But thanks for making site translation.

RE: Re: RE: F-2 #543

Unread postPosted: 11 Jun 2008, 14:57
by Gamera
http://babelfish.yahoo.com/

Actually, in the second part of that blog article, the blogger says: until some years ago, a JAL mileage club member can spend 20K mileage points to fly the Boeing flight simulator at the JAL training facility at Narita, Chiba Prefecture (not Toukyou); but his circumstances didn't allow him to accumulate 20K mileage points, and that award later ended.

BTW, I don't frequent the forums in this F-16/F-22/F-35 fan site here, but WRT F-16/F-22/F-35 news from Northeast Asia, I hope we've other multi-lingual posters as vocal (read: obnoxious) as me to post F-2/F-16/F-22/F-35 news from Japan/South Korea/Taiwan? 8D

RE: Re: RE: F-2 #543

Unread postPosted: 06 Jul 2008, 14:35
by Gamera
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20080 ... 3-yom-soci

5 July 2008:
JASDF and JMSDF tasked with security for G8 Summit, at and near Touyako, Hokkaidou.

JASDF:
CAP above Touyako by pairs of F-2 or F-15, based at Chitose AB, Hokkaidou, and Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.
AWACS and E-2C, based at Hamamatsu AB.
Patriot PAC-2, based at Yakumo JASDF Base, 60 km from Touyako.

JMSDF:
Two Aegis destroyers and 10 destroyers.
One of two Aegis destroyers is JDS Kongou.

RE: Re: RE: F-2 #543

Unread postPosted: 06 Jul 2008, 22:29
by asiatrails
The Daily Yomiuri is easy, you can read that in English

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/


Defense Ministry, SDF to ramp up air defenses for summit
The Yomiuri Shimbun

F-15 fighter jets will patrol the skies over the Group of Eight summit talks beginning Monday in Toyakocho, Hokkaido, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

The measure, decided by the Defense Ministry and Self-Defense Forces, has been prompted by concerns that fighters scrambled from the Air Self-Defense Force's Misawa and Chitose bases, in Aomori Prefecture and Hokkaido, respectively, would be unable to intercept a suspicious aircraft entering the restricted zone over the summit venue in time.

The Combat Air Patrol, or CAP, is extremely rare outside SDF exercises. In addition to using the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and high-performance radar of Aegis-equipped destroyers, the ministry and SDF plan to ensure the highest possible air security during the summit.

Perched on the top of the 625-meter Mt. Poromoi, some distance from any big cities, the summit venue--the Windsor Hotel Toya--is seen as easier to secure.

However, its location in a remote area means it can easily be spotted from the air, making it vulnerable to an airborne attack. The government will impose a no-fly zone around the venue within a radius of about 46 kilometers--the nation's largest air restriction--during the three-day summit meeting, in line with the Civil Aeronautics Law.

The SDF has drawn up patrol plans that prioritize preventing suspicious aircraft from entering the no-fly zone in an effort to counter the possibility of a plane hijacked by terrorists being flown into the venue, the sources said.

Under the measures, the SDF plans to use the AWACS system and E2C surveillance aircraft, which normally are based at the ASDF's Hamamatsu Air Base in Shizuoka Prefecture, to conduct air patrols over an extended area covering Hokkaido and the Tohoku region.

Two Aegis destroyers, which are well equipped for detecting aircraft, and about 10 escort vessels will be mobilized to back up the patrol, according to the sources. One of the two Aegis ships, Kongo, successfully shot down a ballistic missile in a test off the coast of Hawaii in December. During the summit meeting, the Kongo will be deployed in case of a possible attack with a long-range ballistic missile.

The Misawa and Chitose air bases also plan to improve their ability to allow aircraft to scramble, while a Patriot Advanced Capability-2 missile will be placed at the ASDF Yakumo Sub Base, which is about 60 kilometers from the venue, to counter a possible short-range missile attack.

The last line of defense will be the CAP.

Two F-15 fighters and two F-2 support aircraft are expected to patrol in the skies around the summit venue.

Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba said all measures possible would be taken to strengthen security for the high-profile meeting.

(Jul 6, 2008)

RE: Re: RE: F-2 #543

Unread postPosted: 21 Jul 2008, 16:29
by Gamera

RE: Re: RE: F-2 #543

Unread postPosted: 30 Oct 2008, 03:37
by Gamera
http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ktbmwm3/19297712.html
http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ktbmwm3/19275496.html

Photos taken in 2008 October, at Gifu AB.
The F-2 and F-15 are hauling experimental XASM-3 and another drone/missile.

Re: RE: Re: RE: F-2 #543

Unread postPosted: 31 Oct 2008, 01:07
by asiatrails
Gamera wrote:http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ktbmwm3/19297712.html
http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ktbmwm3/19275496.html

Photos taken in 2008 October, at Gifu AB.
The F-2 and F-15 are hauling experimental XASM-3 and another drone/missile.


Gamera, good to see you again. That EC-1 is super ugly.

RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: F-2 #543

Unread postPosted: 03 Nov 2008, 20:56
by 6329tsur
asiatrails wrote:
Gamera wrote:http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ktbmwm3/19297712.html
http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ktbmwm3/19275496.html

Photos taken in 2008 October, at Gifu AB.
The F-2 and F-15 are hauling experimental XASM-3 and another drone/missile.


Gamera, good to see you again. That EC-1 is super ugly.
i agree
how can we make such an ugly plane :cry:

Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: F-2 #543

Unread postPosted: 04 Nov 2008, 03:56
by asiatrails
6329tsur wrote:
asiatrails wrote:
Gamera wrote:http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ktbmwm3/19297712.html
http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ktbmwm3/19275496.html

Photos taken in 2008 October, at Gifu AB.
The F-2 and F-15 are hauling experimental XASM-3 and another drone/missile.


Gamera, good to see you again. That EC-1 is super ugly.
i agree
how can we make such an ugly plane :cry:


Maybe you got the same design engineer as Boeing used on their FFF aka Monica aka F-32.

RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: F-2 #543

Unread postPosted: 04 Nov 2008, 04:09
by Gamera
*OFF-TOPIC ALERT*

WRT F-32, I've heard Joint Strike Flounder, but what are FFF and Monica?

Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: F-2 #543

Unread postPosted: 04 Nov 2008, 06:31
by SpudmanWP
Gamera wrote:*OFF-TOPIC ALERT*

WRT F-32, I've heard Joint Strike Flounder, but what are FFF and Monica?
FFF = Flying Fat F**k
Monica = just think President Clinton

RE: Happy Birthday

Unread postPosted: 05 Nov 2008, 07:50
by rixile
So i don't understand, it seems different in a small way; but does it have big differences in manouverability?

RE: Happy Birthday

Unread postPosted: 16 Dec 2008, 13:55
by Gamera
> Wednesday, 31 October 2007:
> F-2B. 43-8126, #126.

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20081 ... 9-jij-soci

16 December 2008:
Three Mitsubishi Heavy employees are indicted for the crimes of aviation dangerous act, and negligence of duty resulting in bodily injury, at the Nagoya district court.
Mechanic (22) in charge of the accident aircraft, on-site instructor (32), and inspector (24).

Unread postPosted: 05 Jan 2009, 14:58
by Gamera
> Wednesday, 31 October 2007:
> F-2B. 43-8126, #126.

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20090 ... 0-jij-soci

18 December 2008:
A Nagoya court fined each of the three defendants 500,000 Yen.

RE: Happy Birthday

Unread postPosted: 05 Jan 2009, 18:46
by Jon
What happened Gamera, the links are all Japanese for me and the translator takes me to a newer refreshed page. What are the details of the mishap?

Thank you,
Jon

WRT F-32, I've heard Joint Strike Flounder, but Monica?

Unread postPosted: 06 Jan 2009, 03:04
by FlightDreamz
:offtopic:
I present the Boeing X-32 "Monica" (-COUGH!-) I meant Joint Strike Fighter prototype.

RE: WRT F-32, I

Unread postPosted: 06 Jan 2009, 14:21
by Gamera
http://www.japantoday.com/category/nati ... t-accident

"Mitsubishi Heavy workers fined Y500,000 over fighter jet accident"

Tuesday 06th January, 05:42 AM JST

NAGOYA - The Nagoya Summary Court has ordered three Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd employees to pay a fine of 500,000 yen each for causing a fire on an Air Self-Defense Force jet fighter at an airport in Aichi Prefecture in 2007 that led to its two crew members sustaining injuries, informed sources said Monday.

Re: RE: Re: RE: F-2 #543

Unread postPosted: 06 Jan 2009, 21:28
by 6329tsur
Gamera wrote:http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ktbmwm3/19297712.html
http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ktbmwm3/19275496.html

Photos taken in 2008 October, at Gifu AB.
The F-2 and F-15 are hauling experimental XASM-3 and another drone/missile.

The "drone" you mentioned is a UAV which used as a target or reconnaissance.
http://www.mod.go.jp/trdi/news/0204_01.html( do not click the english button on the top right corner as this takes you to the hp for the Technical Research and Development Institute.)

RE: F-2 #543

Unread postPosted: 01 Feb 2009, 09:21
by Gamera
http://www.asagumo-news.com/news/200901 ... 12209.html

At Cope North Guam 2009, Jap participation includes:
- Eight F-2 of 8th Koukuudan, based at Tsuiki AB.
- Two E-2C of Keikuutai, based at Misawa AB.
- Some C-130H, based at Komaki AB.

RE: F-2 #543

Unread postPosted: 01 Feb 2009, 10:00
by Asif
Some photos from Andersen AFB's website added to the gallery of the F-2's arrival.


A JASDF F-2 (43-8529) lands on January 30th, 2009 to participate in the two-week Cope North exercise. The Japanese F-2 single-engine fighter has performance capabilities roughly comparable to those of the U.S. F-16. [USAF photo by A1C. Courtney Witt]


JASDF F-2 fighters taxi after arriving at Andersen AFB on January 30th, 2009 for Cope North Exercise. This will be the tenth time the United States and Japan have held a Cope North exercise on Guam, and it will be the fourth time that the JASDF will use live ordonance. [USAF photo by A1C. Courtney Witt]


A JASDF F-2A (43-8530) taxi's to join nine other F-2s which arrived on January 30th for the 2009 Cope North Exercise. The F-2s are from the 6th Squadron, Tsuiki AB, Japan. [USAF photo by A1C. Courtney Witt]

Unread postPosted: 02 Feb 2009, 00:40
by StolichnayaStrafer
Awesome Pics!!! 8)

Unread postPosted: 13 Feb 2009, 16:48
by Gamera
http://www.asagumo-news.com/news/200902 ... 20505.html

30 January 2009:
Photo of JASDF F-2 at Cope North Guam.

http://www.asagumo-news.com/news/200902 ... 20507.html

30 January 2009:
Photos of USAF F-22A "FF 03-050" at Kadena AB, Okinawa Prefecture.

Unread postPosted: 20 Feb 2009, 18:37
by Gamera

Unread postPosted: 27 Feb 2009, 03:49
by Gamera
http://kr.blog.yahoo.com/pershing11111/1382430.html

Possibly photos of JASDF F-2s at Cope North Guam 2009?

http://kr.image.yahoo.com/GALLERY/read. ... 5b7fbee762

Photos of F-16 accidents. Could've been leeched from www.f-16.net?

Unread postPosted: 28 May 2009, 14:37
by Gamera
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20090 ... -mailo-l45

26 to 29 May 2009:
Nyuutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture.
JASDF Air Defense Command war technique competition meeting (battle against fighter).
Six F-2 from Misawa AB (Aomori Prefecture) and Tsuiki AB (Fukuoka Prefecture). Three F-4 from Nyuutabaru AB.
Scenario is 1,500 to 6,000 m above sea near Shikoku Island, one aggressor suddenly appears from behind flight of two fighters. Tests teamwork of fighters, and whether can be shot down in limited time, 5 to 6 minutes.

Unread postPosted: 23 Jun 2009, 15:15
by Gamera
Tuesday, 23 June 2009:
F-2B.
3rd Koukuudan [3rd Air Wing], JASDF, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.
16:14, after training, during landing, from east to west, ran off right or south side of runway, near middle of runway [3,000 m X 45 m], stopped in grass.
15:00, took off.

Front seat was trainee pilot Major General Maehara Hiroaki (49). Base commander, 3rd Koukuudan commander, since 2008 August. F-15 pilot, converting to F-2.
Maehara learning F-2 control for F-2 pilot's license. 19 training flights in four months. This was third flight.
http://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/misawa/shirei/index.html
http://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/nadf/3AW/3aw.htm

Rear seat was instructor pilot Major Kobayashi Mikio (37).
Kobayashi's wrist lightly wounded.

Runway closed two hours. Two civilian flights delayed 30 minutes. JAL flight 1229 from Toukyou, and JAL flight 1226 to Toukyou.

http://www.toonippo.co.jp/news_too/nto2 ... 175549.asp
http://china.kyodo.co.jp/modules/fsStor ... ryid=71175
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20090 ... 8-jij-soci
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20090 ... 0-mai-soci

Unread postPosted: 23 Jun 2009, 18:10
by StolichnayaStrafer
What happens to Lieutenant Generals when they make an OOPS during a landing? :shock:

Thank God it wasn't something majorly serious, although even minor damage can be pretty expensive with jets.

Unread postPosted: 24 Jun 2009, 01:44
by Gamera
] Front seat was Major General Maehara Hiroaki (49). Base commander,

His official photo and profile:

http://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/misawa/shirei/index.html
http://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/nadf/3AW/3aw.htm

Unread postPosted: 24 Jun 2009, 07:24
by geogen
Thanks for reporting, Gamera..

I'm just curious why Lt. Gen. M. Hiroaki is a 'former F-15 pilot'?

Respects to the Base Command, personnel and back seater, Maj. Mikio during his recovery.

Unread postPosted: 24 Jun 2009, 08:19
by Gamera
] I'm just curious why Lt. Gen. M. Hiroaki is a 'former F-15 pilot'?

Technicalities. The translation site mistranslated the rank.
Maehara's a Major General. Also, he's a F-15 pilot who's taking lessons to convert to F-2.

] What happens to Lieutenant Generals when they make an OOPS during a landing?

I guess: more real time in the flight simulator, before the next lesson in the real plane? 8D
But maybe grounded for the next month or three, away from the real plane, while the safety investigation continues?

Unread postPosted: 26 Jun 2009, 18:07
by Gamera
http://www.japantoday.com/category/nati ... -at-misawa

"ASDF F-2 fighter jet swerves off runway at Misawa"

Wednesday 24th June, 07:00 AM JST

The accident occurred at around 4:15 p.m. after an F-2 of the 3rd Air Wing based at Misawa landed on the runway amid strong crosswinds, it said. The injured pilot was identified as Maj Mikio Kobayashi. Maj Gen Hiroaki Maehara, commander of the air wing, was the other pilot aboard and was undergoing a training flight at the time, according to the ASDF. It was not immediately clear which pilot was landing the aircraft.

(Reminder: read the comments below that article.)

Unread postPosted: 06 Aug 2009, 13:56
by Gamera
http://www.asagumo-news.com/news/200907 ... 073007.htm

From 2008 autumn:
New helmet HGU55P/J for F-2 pilots of 3rd and 8th Hikoutai, 3rd Koukuudan, at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture. Based on HGU55P of USAF.
Customised for JASDF. For example, visor from HGU68 of USN.
Bought 120 sets, for F-2 and F-15 pilots.

Unread postPosted: 22 Aug 2009, 08:17
by Gamera
http://www.nikkei.co.jp/news/sangyo/200 ... 82009.html

"Domestic fighter production continuation yellow signal"

20 August 2009:
Before the JASDF F-2 procurement will end in 2011, Lockheed-Martin in 2009 August decides to end the production line that produces parts of the main wings.
Additional purchase orders for F-2 will be difficult.
F-2 production line at Mitsubishi will end in 2011.

Unread postPosted: 23 Aug 2009, 05:38
by geogen
Thanks for interesting update, Gamera.

I'm curious if 'Additional purchases' being called difficult would mean those beyond the planned procurement end in 2011? Was it recently a proposal to continue the Mitsubishi line further?

And with specialized short-term, custom production deals set up such as these, are such future spare-part type issues ever calculated in for long-term planning? I assume various wing-related spares would be able to be fabricated in country as needed?

Unread postPosted: 23 Aug 2009, 12:29
by cywolf32
Geo,

While your last post seems to point to a worst case scenario, I have never had to change a wing. Outside of battle damage or severe over G, there would be no need. And considering the JASDF's doctrine, I doubt it would be of concern. You have alot of hypotheticals in your posts, but this one doesn't take much effort to solve. Not to assuage you in anyway of course. Just posting based on experience.

Unread postPosted: 28 Oct 2009, 11:25
by Gamera
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20091 ... -maip-soci

19 October 2009:
20+ domestic makers of F-2 components (fuel tank, tire, windshield glass, &c), including Sumitomo Electric Industries, announced that after F-2 production ends in 2011, they will withdraw from the fighter industry, due to the delay of the decision on the next F-X (F-22, F-35, &c).
Sumitomo Electric Industries is the only domestic maker of radome.

F-2 main contractor is Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, but sub-contractors are 1,100+ companies.
F-4 production ended in 1981. F-15 in 1999. F-2 in 2011.

(IMO, they are soft-pressuring the JMOD to hurry up.)

Unread postPosted: 14 Nov 2009, 15:35
by Gamera
http://www.asagumo-news.com/news/200911 ... 110506.htm

5 November 2009:
Sumitomo Precision Industries HQ factory, in Amagasaki City, Hyougo Prefecture. Maker of landing gear for JASDF fighters, such as F-2.

Unread postPosted: 17 Nov 2009, 14:12
by Gamera
>Tuesday, 23 June 2009:
>F-2B.

http://www.nikkansports.com/general/new ... 58753.html
http://mainichi.jp/area/aomori/news/200 ... 8000c.html

2009.10.23:
JASDF announced accident report. Cause was pilot's [Major General Maehara] inexperience with aircraft.

During landing, affected by cross wind from left, pilot shifted aircraft to left, to maintain straight heading.
Pilot depressed brake pedal in incorrect direction, tires side-slipped, and aircraft ran off left side of runway.
He has long experience in F-15, but this was his third flight in F-2.

Instructor pilot's [Major Kobayashi] left wrist lightly wounded.

Unread postPosted: 25 Nov 2009, 16:44
by Gamera
(Some weeks ago, someone asked me about F-2 decals, so I take another look.
For English interface, click the UK flag in upper right.)

http://www.hobby-shop.jp/products/1784.html

PLATZ 1/48 JASDF F-2B 50th Anniversary of JASDF MATSUSIMA.

http://www.hobby-shop.jp/products/1769.html

PLATZ 1/48 F-2B Stencils.

http://www.hobby-shop.jp/products/1768.html

PLATZ 1/48 F-2A Stencils Decal.

http://www.hobby-shop.jp/products/2997.html

PLATZ 1/72 JASDF F-2A 3WG 50TH ANNIVERSARY DECAL.

http://www.hobby-shop.jp/products/1702.html

PLATZ 1/72 F-2A/B Stencils.

Unread postPosted: 09 Dec 2009, 16:23
by Gamera
31 July 2009:
Komaki Minami factory, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
Ceremony of 10,000th new built or repaired aircraft for JMOD, since factory began in 1952.
10,000th aircraft was F-2 93-8553 [#553].

Source:
Koukuu Fan, No. 684, 2009 December, page 130

Unread postPosted: 11 Dec 2009, 02:04
by callsignthumper
The F-2 has three display screens, including a liquid crystal display from Yokogawa.

Some differences in the F-2 from the F-16A:

a 25% larger wing area
composite materials used to reduce overall weight and radar signature
longer and wider nose to accommodate a phased-array radar
larger tailplane
larger air intake
three-piece cockpit canopy
capabilities for four ASM-1 or ASM-2 anti-ship missiles, four AAMs, and additional fuel tanks
Also, the F-2 is equipped with a drogue parachute, like the NATO version of the F-16.

Unread postPosted: 28 Mar 2010, 05:04
by Gamera
http://www.asagumo-news.com/news/201003 ... 031106.htm

3 March 2010:
F-2.
8th Hikoutai, 3rd Koukuudan, JASDF, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.
Tasked with alert missions to scramble against bandits and bogeys.
30 September 2008, began to convert from F-4EJ to F-2.
March 2009, completed conversion.
February 2010, completed training, passed ORI [operational readiness inspection], and tasked with alert missions.

March 1991, 3rd Hikoutai, 3rd Koukuudan, was first JASDF hikoutai to convert from F-1 to F-2.
March 1994, after training, tasked with alert missions.
Now, 3rd Koukuudan is only JASDF koukuudan that has two F-2 hikoutai operational.

F-2 assigned to:
3rd Koukuudan, at Aomori.
6th Hikoutai, 8th Koukuudan, at Tsuiki.
21st Hikou Kyouiku Hikoutai, 4th Koukuudan, at Matsushima.
Hikou Jikkendan [ADTW], at Gifu.
Maintenance education material, at 1st Technical School, at Hamamatsu.

Unread postPosted: 30 Mar 2010, 02:34
by StolichnayaStrafer
How many have been built so far? I assume that it will remain indigenous to Japan, so how many do they plan on building?

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2010, 11:05
by Gamera
27 April 2010:
F-2.
JASDF, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.
9:45, during inspection, left and right landing gear retracted, and tail collided with ground.

Male pilot in cockpit, and mechanics around aircraft, were not wounded.

JASDF assessing accident cause and damage. Cause included pilot's possible operation mistake. Landing gear operated by special lever in cockpit.

http://www.nikkansports.com/general/new ... 23009.html

26 April 2010:
T-4.
5th Koukuudan, JASDF, based at Nyuutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture.
11:20, after training, during landing, after aircraft touched down, left wheel detached from left landing gear. Aircraft stopped on runway.
Runway closed one hour 20 minutes.

Two pilots were not wounded.

10:30, took off.

http://www.the-miyanichi.co.jp/contents ... 0&catid=74
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/national/news/ ... T01218.htm

Unread postPosted: 28 Apr 2010, 15:50
by Gamera
26 April 2010:
F-2.
JASDF, based at Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture.
8:00, during ground inspection, when starting engine, left landing gear retracted, fuselage rolled left, fuel tank under fuselage collided with ground, and leaked fuel.

Two pilots in cockpits, and mechanics around aircraft, were not wounded.

http://www.47news.jp/CN/201004/CN2010042801001213.html

Unread postPosted: 28 Apr 2010, 16:25
by madrat
Is this a separate incident or duplicate of the accident cited from 27 APRIL 2010?

Unread postPosted: 28 Apr 2010, 17:29
by Gamera
Separate incidents on separate dates. At first glance, I also thought they are the same, but I read them again: one was at Gifu, and one was at Misawa.

Unread postPosted: 28 Apr 2010, 18:34
by madrat
Thanks for the reply. Makes me wonder if they have a pilot training issue. Makes one wonder when the pilots in question were trained and by whom...

Unread postPosted: 18 Jun 2010, 11:10
by Gamera
http://www.nishinippon.co.jp/nnp/item/178963

17 June 2010:
According to internal documents acquired by Nishi Nippon Shinbun [West Japan News], from 2008 January to 2009 November, JASDF F-2 and F-15 fighters had 65 times of T.F.O.A. [things falling off aircraft]. Only five times were announced to public.
Most were small parts. Bolts, nuts, etc.

Tsuiki AB: 13 times.
Chitose AB: 12 times.
Hyakuri AB: 11 times.
Nyuutabaru AB: nine times.
Others.

Unread postPosted: 21 Jun 2010, 15:49
by Gamera
http://www.asagumo-news.com/news/201006 ... 061709.htm

Photo of one of two Russian AF Tu-160s intercepted by JASDF F-2s scambled from Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture, on 10 June 2010.

#6 is nicknamed "Iriya Murometsu".
#16 is nicknamed "Arekusei Purohofu".
On the tail fin is (figuratively) "BBC POCCNN".

Anyone here has the proper spellings of the nicknames?

Unread postPosted: 23 Aug 2010, 16:10
by Gamera
>27 April 2010:
>F-2A.
>3rd Koukuudan, JASDF, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.

>26 April 2010:
>F-2B.
>APW, JASDF, based at Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture.

http://www.asagumo-news.com/news/201008 ... 081908.htm

2010.07.30:
JASDF accident reports for F-2 at Gifu AB on 2010.04.26, and F-2 at Misawa AB on 2010.04.27.

At Gifu, after F-2 landed, landing gear handle was probably at down position, and F-2 stopped when handle was in the middle position of outputting landing gear up signal.
When front pilot started engine, landing gear began to operate up, and F-2 squatted.

At Misawa, when pilot started engine, landing gear was at down position, but landing gear selector valve that toggled landing gear down and up, formed hydraulic path for landing gear up.
Landing gear began to operate up, and F-2 squatted.

Unread postPosted: 24 Aug 2010, 13:51
by Gamera
24 August 2010:
F-2B.
4th Koukuudan, JASDF, based at Matsushima AB, Higashi Matsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture.
9:55, after training and after landing, while moving 10 km/h on taxiway, front and left and right landing gear retracted. Centre fuel tank collided taxiway surface, and slanted on left wing.
Damaged left wing.

Two pilots not wounded.
Front seat was trainee pilot. First Lieutenant (25).
Rear seat was instructor pilot. Major (38).

After similar F-2 accidents in 2010 April, before and during engine start, insert safety pins to landing gear legs.

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/zoom/20100824-OYT9I01011.htm

Accident photo.

http://www.jiji.com/jc/c?g=soc_30&k=2010082400791
http://www.sankeibiz.jp/macro/news/1008 ... 012-n1.htm
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/national/news/ ... T00999.htm
http://mainichi.jp/select/jiken/news/20 ... 9000c.html

Unread postPosted: 24 Aug 2010, 19:09
by Lightndattic
do F-2's not have a weight on wheels switch to prevent this from happening?

Unread postPosted: 28 Aug 2010, 14:37
by Gamera
http://mainichi.jp/area/miyagi/news/201 ... 3000c.html

2010.08.28:
F-2 flights suspended since F-2 accident at Matsushima AB on August 24, will resume on August 31.

Unread postPosted: 18 Sep 2010, 16:45
by Gamera
http://www.toonippo.co.jp/news_too/nto2 ... 110040.asp

18 September 2010:
JASDF F-2 special stamps for Misawa AB air show on September 19.

Unread postPosted: 25 Dec 2010, 08:58
by Gamera
] 24 August 2010:
] F-2B.

http://mainichi.jp/area/miyagi/news/201 ... 5000c.html

2010.12.24:
Accident investigation committee report. Cannot decide specific cause.
After landing, for unknown cause, landing gear handle became "up" position, landing gear system functioned, and landing gear retracted. Accident landing gear function and system were normal.

After accident, JASDF executes:
Visual confirmable marking to display landing gear handle at "down" position.
Safety eduction of confirmation after toggling landing gear handle.

Unread postPosted: 25 Dec 2010, 09:45
by madrat
Isn't that about a half dozen of those landing gear accidents in the past few years?

Unread postPosted: 25 Dec 2010, 11:49
by Gamera
I think this 24 August 2010 one is the third known F-2 landing gear retracting accident of this year.

Unread postPosted: 18 Jan 2011, 11:21
by Gamera
http://www.toonippo.co.jp/news_too/nto2 ... 093231.asp

2011/01/18:
JASDF will participate in the Japan-US joint exercise at Guam, that begins on 2011/02/13.

From Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture, are eight F-2 of 3rd Koukuudan, and two E-2C.
Plus, 12 F-16 of 35th FW, USAF.

From Chitose AB, Hokkaidou, are six F-15 of 2nd Koukuudan.

Unread postPosted: 21 Feb 2011, 14:31
by Gamera
http://doyusha.shop-pro.jp/?pid=24891961

1/144 pre-painted model kits of JASDF F-2A/B by Doyusha.

http://item.rakuten.co.jp/auc-treasurem ... olle17_01/

The order of battle is:

F-2A
93-8551
3rd Squadron

F-2A
93-8547
3rd Squadron

F-2A
13-8516
8th Squadron

F-2A
43-8530
6th Squadron

F-2B
23-8108
21st Squadron

XF-2 (prototype #4)
63-8102
ADTW

Haven't seen them in Hong Kong yet. 8b

Unread postPosted: 22 Feb 2011, 14:08
by Gamera
http://photozou.jp/photo/list/159278/977232?page=2

JASDF F-2B #103 with R2 droid, at 2009 Gifu AB air show.

Unread postPosted: 11 Mar 2011, 09:07
by r1zbear
Gamera wrote:(Some weeks ago, someone asked me about F-2 decals, so I take another look. [...]
Great post! It's very nice. Thank you so much for your post.

Unread postPosted: 11 Mar 2011, 17:54
by Gamera
12 March 2011 - At Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture, 28 JASDF aircraft flooded by sea water. 18 F-2, and 10 T-4, U-125, and other aicraft.

http://www.asahi.com/special/10005/TKY201103110818.html
http://news.tbs.co.jp/newseye/tbs_newseye4671336.html

RE: Quake_Misawa Info?

Unread postPosted: 12 Mar 2011, 15:58
by Gamera

RE: Quake_Misawa Info?

Unread postPosted: 12 Mar 2011, 17:35
by flighthawk
So many awful images coming from Japan - those birds got off relatively lightly!

RE: Quake_Misawa Info?

Unread postPosted: 12 Mar 2011, 20:26
by discofishing
Those aircraft can be fixed. As for the rest of Japan, I'm not so sure.

R.I.P.

Unread postPosted: 15 Mar 2011, 03:37
by Gamera
BTW, news articles mention a minor detail: some ordnance on or near the fighters, such as missiles, are missing.

BTW^2, maybe this act of God might motivate this site to scramble up a F-2 photo gallery?
(Dream on, dudes.)

RE: R.I.P.

Unread postPosted: 18 Mar 2011, 01:12
by Jon
Gamera, that's not a very nice attitude. Besides we've had an F-2 photo gallery since before you even joined the forum.
  • <a href="http://www.f-16.net/gallery_item17159.html">F-2 photo gallery</a>
  • <a href="http://www.f-16.net/gallery_item132137.html">F-2 patches</A>
And if you wonder about a serial database. We had some technical issues that we needed to overcome first and we will hopefully release it some time in the future.[/list]

RE: R.I.P.

Unread postPosted: 18 Mar 2011, 02:06
by Gamera
Roger.
I mixed up the photo gallery feature and the serial number database feature. 8(
Out.

RE: R.I.P.

Unread postPosted: 18 Mar 2011, 06:00
by Jon
Ah, thought so, but we really do want an F-2 database also.

Re: RE: Quake_Misawa Info?

Unread postPosted: 18 Mar 2011, 23:52
by chrisrt
discofishing wrote:Those aircraft can be fixed. As for the rest of Japan, I'm not so sure.


So Disco, these can be fixed? A photo I saw suggested the fighters where NOT fully submerged. How would the turbines fare? I know boat jets get a fare dose but are their turbines composed of slightly different metals?

Would these fighters potentially turn into problem jets in the future?

RE: Re: RE: Quake_Misawa Info?

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2011, 18:08
by Gamera
2011.03.19 - Matsushima AB damage assessment. Total 28 aircraft disabled.
Up to 230 billion Yen.

One SDF soldier killed. 8(

- F-2 x 18 (Each 12.2 billion Yen)
- T-4 x 4 (One of these is Blue Impulse)
- U-125A x 2
- UH-60J x 4 (Each 4.7 billion Yen)

Source: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/feature/201103 ... T00004.htm

RE: Re: RE: Quake_Misawa Info?

Unread postPosted: 24 Mar 2011, 15:07
by Gamera
BTW:

http://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/mizota/102300441.html

Pre-assembled and pre-painted 1/144 models of JASDF Blue Impulse T-4s that came out on 2010.04.14.

http://image.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/i/l/m ... 02300441_1

None of the six featured T-4s is 16-5659, but I don't know the serial numbers of the other three of the four T-4s damaged at Matsushima AB, and I haven't seen photos of the six that deployed to Kyuushuu Island and avoided the earthqake/tsunami/radiation.

Re: RE: Quake_Misawa Info?

Unread postPosted: 24 Mar 2011, 21:21
by discofishing
chrisrt wrote:
discofishing wrote:Those aircraft can be fixed. As for the rest of Japan, I'm not so sure.


So Disco, these can be fixed? A photo I saw suggested the fighters where NOT fully submerged. How would the turbines fare? I know boat jets get a fare dose but are their turbines composed of slightly different metals?

Would these fighters potentially turn into problem jets in the future?


Read about this aircraft called "Twice as Nice" (79-0377) and take a look at the picture that clearly shows the aircraft upside down and with the front half of the fuselage completely broken off. This aircraft was involved in two major accidents and had to be rebuilt twice and is currently FLYING with the Israeli Air Force. If this bird can be fixed, I'm fairly certain water damaged F-2s can be repaired. I'm not talking about unit level maintenance, I'm talking about depot level.


Sometimes when aircraft systems designers integrate various components into an airframe they forget to examine what happens if a component should fail. Such was the case in the original F-16 design. An electrical connector. [Photo by Kim McCreight]

http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F ... rofile/557

RE: Re: RE: Quake_Matsushima Info?

Unread postPosted: 06 Apr 2011, 17:13
by Gamera
http://www.zakzak.co.jp/society/domesti ... 000-n1.htm

http://www.zakzak.co.jp/society/domesti ... 016-n1.htm

Jap serial articles dated 5-6 April 2011, about when the tsunami bashed Matsushima AB.

After the tsunami warning was issued, everyone was ordered to evacuate to third floor or above, not even second floor. However, many controllers and ground crew were still working on the ground, even at the runways, and were difficult to contact.

They used the PA system, and drove cars around the runways, to pass the warning that the tsunami ETA was 15:10. About 1,100 people evacuated into earthquake-resistant buildings, mostly on the roofs.

They began to check names, and they included employees of the shops and visitors on business. Still snowing, and sirens blaring, time went by, and passed the tsunami ETA.

Eerie silence.

From the roofs, they saw cars still driving on the coastline roads, and they yelled at them. Some cars U-turned, but others drove along.

At 15:54, the black tsunami arrived. The soldiers' private cars began to float.

The four-metre tsunami KO the power generators, 28 aircraft, and emergency supplies. They prepared radio sets to contact any incoming SAR aircraft, and turned off cell phones to conserve batteries.

Fires were seen in the Ishinomaki direction, where the soldiers' families were.

Sunset and darkness. Candles were lit.

Later, aircraft sound. Radio contact, and discovered it came from Hyakuri AB.

During the night, they thought of the tasks to do after the next sunrise, but they had no cars, no long boots, no tools... nothing.

RE: Re: RE: Quake_Misawa Info?

Unread postPosted: 07 Apr 2011, 03:26
by Jon
Wow, thanks for posting this Gamera. That was eerie to read.

RE: Re: RE: Quake_Misawa Info?

Unread postPosted: 10 Apr 2011, 15:53
by Gamera
http://cyberjapandata.gsi.go.jp/h23taih ... 3_1538.jpg

A hi-res (3140 x 4815) aerial or satellite photo of Matsushima AB, dated 2011.03.12.

BTW, "northeast" of the two rows of F-2s, right of the building with a smart light blue roof, is the preserved F-104.

RE: Re: RE: Quake_Misawa Info?

Unread postPosted: 17 Apr 2011, 14:31
by Gamera

RE: Re: RE: Quake_Misawa Info?

Unread postPosted: 19 Apr 2011, 22:29
by Gamera
http://mainichi.jp/area/aichi/news/2011 ... 1000c.html

Small news photo, dated 6 April 2011, of damaged F-2s and an helo in an hangar, at Matsushima AB.
Can't see S/Ns.

http://ameblo.jp/captain-kotora/image-1 ... 00171.html

Can't see S/Ns.

http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/199 ... photo.aspx

http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/199 ... photo.aspx

http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/199 ... photo.aspx

Photos, dated 26 January 2011, of Matsushima AB.
Can barely spot some S/Ns.

RE: Re: RE: Quake_Misawa Info?

Unread postPosted: 20 Apr 2011, 15:22
by Gamera
Looking for photos of inside the hangars at Jap SDF Matsushima AB after the tsunami, is a challenge, so I took a quick look anyway. 8D

http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/311 ... /21734997/
has photos, dated 10 March 2011, of the JASDF Blue Impulse T-4s before they departed Matsushima AB, and went to Kyuushuu.

Those of you who have more patience than me, might write down their serial numbers, to eliminate them from the T-4 suspects that are damaged by the tsunami on 11 March 2011.

http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/199 ... photo.aspx
has photos, dated 26 January 2011, of inside the Blue Impulse hangar.
The eighth pic is the Blue Impulse spare T-4, and possibly the one that's damaged.
After all, I haven't compared its S/N with the ones that went to Kyuushuu. 8b

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/feature/graph/ ... &id=107986

Damaged aircraft, including F-2s, at Matsushima AB, in an IJN era hangar.

http://ameblo.jp/captain-kotora/image-1 ... 43007.html

Damaged aircraft at Matsushima AB.

OTOH, for now, I'm least interested in the damaged JCG aircraft at Sendai AP.

RE: Re: RE: Quake_Misawa Info?

Unread postPosted: 25 Apr 2011, 16:41
by Gamera
http://photo.sankei.jp.msn.com/highligh ... /15/10sdf/

A Sankei news photo of damaged Jap F-2s in an hangar at Matsushima AB. Plus, a Blue Impulse T-2... or F-1.
You editors/mods take your time to professionally record their S/Ns. 8D

Re: RE: Quake_Misawa Info?

Unread postPosted: 05 May 2011, 10:50
by popcorn
discofishing wrote:
chrisrt wrote:
discofishing wrote:Those aircraft can be fixed. As for the rest of Japan, I'm not so sure.


So Disco, these can be fixed? A photo I saw suggested the fighters where NOT fully submerged. How would the turbines fare? I know boat jets get a fare dose but are their turbines composed of slightly different metals?

Would these fighters potentially turn into problem jets in the future?


Read about this aircraft called "Twice as Nice" (79-0377) and take a look at the picture that clearly shows the aircraft upside down and with the front half of the fuselage completely broken off. This aircraft was involved in two major accidents and had to be rebuilt twice and is currently FLYING with the Israeli Air Force. If this bird can be fixed, I'm fairly certain water damaged F-2s can be repaired. I'm not talking about unit level maintenance, I'm talking about depot level.


Sometimes when aircraft systems designers integrate various components into an airframe they forget to examine what happens if a component should fail. Such was the case in the original F-16 design. An electrical connector. [Photo by Kim McCreight]

http://www.f-16.net/aircraft-database/F ... rofile/557


I've come across a report that 15 of the 18 F-2s are write-offs and will never fly again. Can anyone confirm?

RE: Re: RE: Quake_Misawa Info?

Unread postPosted: 15 May 2011, 18:55
by viperzerof-2
http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/ ... apan%20F-X
this seems to imply that they are going to be ok

"Some relief for Japan’s fighter production base is coming from an unfortunate circumstance. The ministry believes that 18 F-2Bs that were submerged in the March 11 tsunami can be salvaged. Work began on April 17. The engines, electronics and at least some electro-mechanical systems presumably need to be replaced. The ministry does not yet know how much the repairs will cost."

RE: Re: RE: Quake_Misawa Info?

Unread postPosted: 19 May 2011, 10:44
by Gamera
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20110 ... 87-san-pol

http://sankei.jp.msn.com/politics/photo ... 006-p1.htm

18 May 2011:
JMOD investigation reported the 18 damaged F-2 at Matsushima AB, maximum 1/3 or six F-2 could be resurrected.
Cannibalise useable parts for repair could take five years.
Repair cost could be five to six billion Yen per aircraft.

Re: RE: Re: RE: Quake_Misawa Info?

Unread postPosted: 19 May 2011, 15:55
by popcorn
Gamera wrote:http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20110519-00000087-san-pol

http://sankei.jp.msn.com/politics/photo ... 006-p1.htm

18 May 2011:
JMOD investigation reported the 18 damaged F-2 at Matsushima AB, maximum 1/3 or six F-2 could be resurrected.
Cannibalise useable parts for repair could take five years.
Repair cost could be five to six billion Yen per aircraft.


Yen 6Billion = US$73Million approx.

RE: $73 Million per aircraft repair?

Unread postPosted: 19 May 2011, 23:40
by FlightDreamz
$73 Million per aircraft - OUCH! :shock: Might be a better option to replace the damaged F-2/Japanese F-16's.

J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 16 Jun 2011, 15:37
by viperzerof-2
anyone know anything about the J/APG-1 upgrade "kai"?

RE: J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2011, 15:21
by Gamera
(Evidence that the 11th and 21st Squadrons, based at tsunami-hit Matsushima AB, are being respawned?)

http://tonk298.blog24.fc2.com/?no=78

8 July 2011:
Jap spotter at Gifu AB took these photos and vids of...

T-4 728 in Blue Impulse paint scheme.
T-4 675 in grey paint scheme, but has 11th Squadron emblem on tail fin.
Both used callsign "Blue Impulse".

F-2 124 with 21st Squadron "blue triangle" emblem.
F-2 102 with strange paint scheme. Blue top, grey or white bottom.

The vids show these and other aircraft, such as F-4. 8D

RE: J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2011, 16:24
by Gamera
] Evidence that the 11th and 21st Squadrons

These were possibly check flights at Gifu AB, after their IRAN.

If they weren't assigned to these two squadrons before the earthquake-tsunami, then maybe they'll be assigned to these two squadrons in the near-future?

If they were assigned to these two squadrons before the earthquake-tsunami, then maybe they were already ferried out of Matsushima AB before the earthquake-tsunami?

Personally, I don't have a JASDF serial numbers database with dates, so I've no proof, and just guessing at these new pics.

RE: J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2011, 16:57
by viperzerof-2
mr bunbun's site used to have them but it disappeared a year or two ago

RE: J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 23 Aug 2011, 12:03
by Gamera
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2011082 ... 11000.html

23 August 2011:
F-2.
JASDF, based at Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture.
JMOD decided to repair six F-2, and would request repair fees in this fiscal year, third budget amendment, after new prime minister administration.

After examinations, tail fins and parts of engines could be re-used.
Electronics could not be re-used.

RE: J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 24 Aug 2011, 08:41
by discofishing
23 August 2011:
F-2.
JASDF, based at Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture.
JMOD decided to repair six F-2, and would request repair fees in this fiscal year, third budget amendment, after new prime minister administration.

After examinations, tail fins and parts of engines could be re-used.
Electronics could not be re-used.



Six out of how many damaged are repairable?

RE: J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 24 Aug 2011, 11:08
by Gamera
Six of 18 damaged F-2s.
Article doesn't mention the other "wet and wild" fixed- and rotary-wing JASDF assets at Matsushima AB.

RE: J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 05 Sep 2011, 15:51
by Gamera
Finally found a comprehensive list (in Jap) of aircraft types, serial numbers, and conditions of the fixed- and rotary-wing, civilian and military aircraft wiped out at Sendai AP and Matsushima AB.

http://www.hikojour.jp/hikojourE/hikojourE0001-11.html

RE: J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 05 Sep 2011, 22:24
by Jon

RE: J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 06 Sep 2011, 03:49
by Gamera
The Google Translate results look... a bit awkward.
For example, "killed registration" and "peripheral register" are actually "erased registration".

WRT the colours in the first column, blue is OK, yellow is unknown, and red is "wet and wild".
OTOH, the Netter treats the displayed and retired F-86, F-104, &c, as OK.

RE: J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 15 Sep 2011, 15:22
by Gamera
http://www.asahi.com/national/update/09 ... 50252.html

15 September 2011:
JMOD calculates about 80 billion Yen to repair six of 18 damaged F-2s at Matsushima AB.
13 to 13.6 billion Yen per F-2.
The other 12 will be cannibalised and written off.

RE: J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 18 Sep 2011, 12:08
by Gamera
http://www.jiji.com/jc/c?g=pol_30&k=2011091800104
http://slashdot.jp/story/11/09/18/06372 ... E%E3%82%8B

18 September 2011:
JMOD calculates about 109 billion Yen to repair six of 18 damaged F-2s at Matsushima AB.
13.6 billion Yen per F-2.
The other 12 will be cannibalised and written off.
After repaired, fly again after five years.
Original procure price was 12 billion Yen per F-2.

RE: J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 27 Sep 2011, 12:25
by Gamera
27 September 2011:
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Minami Komaki factory, Aichi Prefecture.

"F-2 Fighter Final Delivery Ceremony".
JMOD received final F-2.

http://www.asahi.com/business/update/09 ... 70008.html
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/economy/news/1 ... 029-n1.htm

Photos.

http://www.sponichi.co.jp/society/news/ ... 09770.html
http://news24.jp/nnn/news8624743.html
http://response.jp/article/2011/09/27/162892.html

26 September 2011:
Tsuiki AB air show memorial 2011 stamps.

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/fukuok ... T01226.htm

RE: J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 03 Oct 2011, 16:54
by Gamera
http://www.asagumo-news.com/news/201109 ... 92903.html

13 September 2011:
WRT the SDF aircraft at Matsushima AB and Sendai AP wiped out by tsunami, JMOD requested repair funds for one JGSDF EC225LP special transport helo, one JMSDF T-90 trainer, six JASDF F-2B engine repairs, and one JASDF UH-60J.

RE: J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 11 Oct 2011, 11:17
by Gamera
http://www.asagumo-news.com/news/201110 ... 00603.html

27 September 2011:
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Komaki Minami factory.
"F-2 Fighter Final Delivery Ceremony".

http://www.asagumo-news.com/data/24gaisan.html

30 September 2011:
Article in Japanese.
JMOD fiscal year Heisei 24 (2012) defense budget (gory) details.

RE: J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 12 Oct 2011, 01:20
by FlightDreamz
Gamera
http://www.asagumo-news.com/news/201110 ... 00603.html
27 September 2011:
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Komaki Minami factory.
"F-2 Fighter Final Delivery Ceremony".

Was unaware F-2 (Japanese F-16) was still in production in 2011. Hopefully they didn't shut down the line and can still repair/remanufacture some of the quake/tsunami damaged aircraft. Which I strongly suspect is the least of Japan's concerns right now. :shock:

RE: J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 12 Oct 2011, 01:42
by SpudmanWP
6 if the damaged 18 will be repaired, the other 12 are SOL.

RE: J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 02 Nov 2011, 03:31
by Gamera
http://sankeishop.jp/shopdetail/001004000007/order/

JASDF calendar 2012.
Seems the cover features two F-2s, each with four ASMs.

http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2011/10/2 ... s-on-base/

JSDF Invites Cosplay Chaos On Base

Date: Oct 27, 2011 10:37 JST

RE: J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 17 Feb 2012, 18:02
by Gamera
16 February 2012:
F-2.
JASDF, based at Tsuiki AB.
16:45, during Australia-Japan-USA joint exercise, above Pacific Ocean, 170 km northeast of Guam, dropped two fuel tanks into ocean.

Diameter, 80 cm. Length, 6 m. Weight, empty, 170 kg.

Pilot mistake.

15:15, took off, at Andersen AB, Guam.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2012021 ... 71000.html
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20120 ... 6-yom-soci

RE: Happy Birthday

Unread postPosted: 18 Feb 2012, 00:00
by vcq09
Gamera-san, keep posting F-2 news :-) I was stationed at Komaki AB for six months last year, and got to see plenty of F-2s taking off that were at the Mitsubishi facility at Komaki.

Re: RE: J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 22 Feb 2012, 14:54
by Gamera
Gamera wrote:16 February 2012:F-2.


http://mainichi.jp/area/fukuoka/news/20 ... 0000c.html

2012.02.21:
Pilot (46) decided to drop chaff, but pushed the switch that dropped the drop tanks.

RE: Re: RE: J/APG-1 Kai

Unread postPosted: 23 Feb 2012, 13:57
by madrat
Put a yellow stickie on it so he doesn't make the same mistake again.

radar update

Unread postPosted: 19 Mar 2012, 20:08
by viperzerof-2

RE: radar update

Unread postPosted: 09 Apr 2012, 12:11
by Gamera
http://www.asagumo-news.com/news/201204 ... 40517.html

A summary of the JASDF aspect of the JMOD budget for fiscal year Heisei 24 (2012).

WRT jet fighters...

F-35:
F-X winner F-35A will replace F-4.
The budget will acquire four aircraft and one training simulator.
Target is 42 aircraft.

F-15:
Two aircraft will upgrade their central computer, fighter datalink system, and radar.
Also, HMD interacts with AAM-5 Type 04 AAM.

One aircraft will upgrade its ECM, RWR, and launching type countermeasure, for better self-protection.

F-2:
12 aircraft will upgrade their radar for AAM-4 Type 99 AAM.
20 aircraft will add JDAM ability.

WRT transports...

C-2 will replace C-1.
Two new aircraft will deploy in Heisei 28 (2016).
Two aircraft will first deploy at Miho AB in Heisei 26-27.
Tests continue at Gifu AB.

RE: radar update

Unread postPosted: 11 Apr 2012, 12:00
by Gamera
(Cannot read serial numbers in news photos.)

http://www.sanriku-kahoku.com/news/2012 ... akiti.html

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/miyagi ... T00008.htm

http://mainichi.jp/area/miyagi/news/201 ... 6000c.html

10 April 2012:
9:40, at Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture, two F-2 from Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture, landed.
First time F-2 landed at Matsushima AB, one year one month after tsunami.
Part of evaluation to decide if return flight training to Matsushima AB.
4.3 km south of AB, four metres high anti-tsunami barrier constructing.

Re: RE: radar update

Unread postPosted: 11 Apr 2012, 13:37
by southernphantom
Gamera wrote:
F-35:
F-X winner F-35A will replace F-4.
The budget will acquire four aircraft and one training simulator.
Target is 42 aircraft.


See what it takes to replace a Rhino?? In most cases, the F-4 is being replaced by 5th-generation stealth aircraft. That's pretty good for a naval interceptor that first flew in 1958, less than 15 years after WWII :wink: 8)

JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 03 May 2012, 11:40
by Gamera
http://www.asagumo-news.com/news/201204 ... 42604.html

19 April 2012:
One year and one month after 3.11 earthquake and tsunami, F-2 training resumed, at Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture.
First F-2 that landed was F-2B #124.
Pilots were Lieutenant Colonel Hama Hiroshi and Captain Takahashi Naoki.
Hama was CO, 21st Hikoutai, 4th Koukuudan, based at Matsushima AB.
During 3.11, #124 survived because it was at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture, for scheduled maintenance.

RE: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 14 May 2012, 17:00
by Gamera
http://www.amazon.co.jp/JASDF-F-2-2012% ... B007HA8TMC

Seems a new Japanese mook about the F-2 has come out on 2012.04.19.

ASIN: B007HA8TMC

RE: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 14 May 2012, 20:45
by viperzerof-2
you wouldn't happen to know if any English books on it exist do you? I have only even run into a rand corporation book on it

RE: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2012, 17:09
by Gamera
http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123309140

Arizona Airmen help Japanese rebuild air defenses

Posted 7/9/2012 Updated 7/10/2012

7/9/2012 - TUCSON, Ariz. (AFNS) -- While the island nation of Japan continues to rebuild in the wake of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, its airmen look to reconstitute the country's air defenses - learning to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon here with the Arizona Air National Guard.

RE: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 12 Jan 2013, 07:48
by Gamera
http://flyteam.jp/news/article/18482

8 January 2013:
JASDF will send eight F-2A (3rd Koukuudan at Misawa AB), six F-15J (83rd Koukuutai at Naha AB), three E-2C, two C-130H, two KC-767, and 432 personnel to Cope North 2013 at Guam, on 4 to 15 February 2013.

RE: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 23 Jan 2013, 13:48
by Gamera
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/national/news/ ... T00341.htm

22 January 2013:
New Defense Minister Onodera went to Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture, and he hoped Blue Impulse would return to Matsushima AB.
During tsunami, one of nine Blue Impulse T-4 was damaged.

On sea side of Matsushima AB, ground is raised by about three metres.
Two hangars are building.
These constructions will complete by late March.
By fiscal year 2015, 13 of 18 damaged F-2 may complete maintenance.

RE: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 23 Jan 2013, 15:54
by geogen
That's interesting news to hear that 13 of 18 damaged F-2 are expected to complete maintenance and one could assume return to service?

Personally, I feel there was a mistaken high level military/self-defense/political/industrial decision made somewhere to cancel a more complete production of originally required F-2s. Perhaps another 60 updated F-2 airframes could have replaced the F-4/F-1 and sufficiently equipped JASDF with Tactical assets until Japan's next-gen platform achieved successful development and became operational to begin recapitalizing the legacy force structure (starting around 2025?)?

The F-2 is would appear to be a fairly able jet with plenty of room for further modernization and capability enhancements as they became required and developed. It has a highly competitive roll rate and seemingly effective AoA and sustained turning performance.

A further 40-60 units or so could have come with an upgraded avionics suite and possibly other innovative upgrades such as the upgraded GE-132 motor (TVC-optional) for added durability and maintenance-friendliness, and maybe even an F-2 specialized CFT to couple with the centerline tank config (eg, perhaps something similar to the F-CK-1's low-profile CFT?). Call it a day. Respects.

RE: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 30 Jan 2013, 11:34
by Gamera

RE: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 22 Mar 2013, 18:02
by Gamera
http://www.toonippo.co.jp/news_too/nto2 ... 131241.asp

22 March 2013:
Four F-2.
3rd Koukuudan, JASDF, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.

From May 2013 to October 2013, four JASDF F-2 tasked with scramble missions, temporarily deploy to Hachinohe JMSDF AB, Aomori Prefecture.

Re: RE: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 26 Mar 2013, 02:07
by firstimpulse
Gamera wrote:http://www.toonippo.co.jp/news_too/nto2013/20130322131241.asp

22 March 2013:
Four F-2.
3rd Koukuudan, JASDF, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.

From May 2013 to October 2013, four JASDF F-2 tasked with scramble missions, temporarily deploy to Hachinohe JMSDF AB, Aomori Prefecture.


Would these be intercepting Russian bombers? Like the northern Europeans do?

RE: Re: RE: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 26 Mar 2013, 02:15
by Gamera
Intercept Chinese, Russian, Taiwanese, and civilian aircraft.

BTW, the temporary deployment is because of runway maintenance at home base.

RE: Re: RE: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 27 Mar 2013, 07:40
by geogen
How interesting it would be to augment said 4x F-2's with a single modified G650 (equipped with a couple under-wing AAM-3, IRST perhaps and a couple documentary Nikon/Canon cameras to capture the aviation display of interest) to make these random interceptions? Simply fly around Japan's entire territorial space all day if so be, along side hypothetical provocateur... and even escort back to home space for safety sake. Paint a 'Greeting' slogan in Japanese and 'Special escort service' insignia in English, on the fuselage. All should be well for a safe mission and return. Respects.

RE: Re: RE: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 27 Mar 2013, 09:00
by Gamera
Seriously, JCG ships already have LED marquee signs to display, say, Chinese text at Chinese or Taiwanese ships within visual range, with messages (paraphrased) such as "You're in Japanese territory. Get lost. Take a hike."
In addition, months ago, JCG ships and (Chinese or Taiwanese) coast guard ships blasted each other with water cannons, and Chinese/Taiwanese Netters were disappointed the JCG water cannons had better reach and strength.

RE: Re: RE: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 11 Apr 2013, 11:24
by Gamera
10 April 2013 - Hachinohe JMSDF AB, Aomori Prefecture.

Two F-2 land and take off at Hachinohe JMSDF AB, to familiarise with taxi and refuel procedures.
Until May 10, such familiarise training for once or twice a week.

From May 13 to October 19, because night work of runway lights at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture, four F-2 and two E-2C for scramble missions, temporarily deploy to Hachinohe JMSDF AB.

Chitose AB and Misawa AB scrambled 158 times in 2011.

Sources:
http://cgi.daily-tohoku.co.jp/cgi-bin/n ... 108top.htm
http://www.kahoku.co.jp/news/2013/04/20130411t23034.htm

RE: Re: RE: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 13 May 2013, 16:27
by Gamera
13 May 2013: Four F-2 JASDF, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture, and temporarily deployed to Hachinohe JMSDF AB, Aomori Prefecture.

About 11:00, arrived at Hachinohe JMSDF AB for scramble missions.

Source: http://www.toonippo.co.jp/news_too/nto2 ... 135329.asp

RE: Re: RE: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 16 Oct 2013, 04:11
by viperzerof-2
Quick question, once production of an aircraft ends, does the manufacture and subcontractors role end or do they have support role for the life of the aircraft?

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 23 Dec 2013, 08:41
by Gamera
Lockheed Martin Supports Japanese F-2 Restoration Program

FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 19, 2013 – In cooperation with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has delivered the first F-2 aft and leading edge flaps as part of a restoration plan to replenish Japan’s F-2 fleet.
Eighteen Japanese F-2B fighter aircraft based at Matsushima Air Base were destroyed during a tsunami that hit the nation in March 2011.

Source: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/news/p ... ation.html

Re: RE: Re: RE: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 24 Dec 2013, 04:46
by h-bomb
viperzerof-2 wrote:Quick question, once production of an aircraft ends, does the manufacture and subcontractors role end or do they have support role for the life of the aircraft?


Depends on the contract, but they normally have to support what they manufactured. Most contracts have a "X" number of years support. But the manufacture would lose a fortune on all the tooling if they junked it as soon as production is done. Radomes get damaged. Canopies wear out. Someone tried to taxi though a parked truck, all these parts normally come from the OEM.

I am surprised they did not ask for a hybrid F-16 with the radar, cockpit and flight systems for the F-2 to replace the lost trainers.

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 20 Jan 2014, 14:38
by Gamera
20 January 2014: F-2. 3rd or 8th [?] Hikoutai, 3rd Koukuudan, JASDF, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.

9:20 Took off, for training above Pacific Ocean, close to Aomori Prefecture.
10:20 Landed.
After landing, could not find drag chute on aircraft, runway, or taxiway.

Yellow nylon drag chute contained in dark green bag.
  • Length, 75 cm.
  • Height, 40 cm.
  • Weight, 20 kg.
  • Width, 20 cm.

When landing, accident aircraft did not deploy drag chute.

All F-2 at same AB are grounded.
Sources:
http://www.sponichi.co.jp/society/news/ ... 25070.html
http://www.toonippo.co.jp/news_too/nto2 ... f7e7644d6f
http://www.toonippo.co.jp/news_too/nto2 ... 142203.asp

Re: RE: Re: RE: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 20 Jan 2014, 23:11
by neurotech
h-bomb wrote:I am surprised they did not ask for a hybrid F-16 with the radar, cockpit and flight systems for the F-2 to replace the lost trainers.

They can. The problem is how much that would cost. If they integrated F-2 avionics, these jets would be the 2nd most expensive F-16 variant. The F-2 being the most expensive variant at around $120m+ unit flyaway.

As far as cockpit layout, all the photos I've seen show the F-2 has a similar cockpit to a F-16C. The differences can be handled in a flight simulator. Having different weapons and radar wouldn't be a showstopper for basic pilot training. The F-16 APG-68 radar is advanced PESA radar, and the pilot interface isn't that much different to an AESA version. The differences in radar and weapons are more of a factor during advanced tactical training, well after the pilot progresses to single seat F-16Cs or F-2s.

I thought the JASDF were flying standard F-16C/Ds borrowed from the USAF/DoD in AZ?

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 11 Apr 2014, 18:49
by Gamera
24 March 2014:
JASDF Colonel Miwa Yoshiteru.
Callsign "Jazz".
Deputy commander, Hikou Kaihatsu Jikkendan [Air Development and Test Wing], Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture.

First JASDF XF-2 test pilot.
55 years old.
Last flight on March 24, to G training area above Japan Sea, for two hours.

After landing, passed through water arch by fire trucks, and greeted by flowers from wife and daughter.

Retires in 2014 April.

During National Defense Academy of Japan, his father, a jazz fan, passed away.

After graduated at National Defense Academy of Japan, entered JASDF in 1981.
7th Koukuudan at Hyakuri AB, 5th Koukuudan at Nyuutabaru AB, others.
1989, at USA, entered test pilot course.
1996 March, first JASDF XF-2 test pilot.
54 XF-2 fights.
Total flight time, 4,086 hours.

http://www.asagumo-news.com/homepage/ht ... 41104.html

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 07 Jan 2015, 10:45
by Gamera
6 January 2015:
F-2.
3rd Koukuudan, JASDF, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.

During training flight, dropped panel, from right wing, bottom side.
Attached by screws.

Aluminum.
Length, 55 cm.
Width, 14 cm.
Thick, 2 mm.
Weight, 380 g.

10:00, took off, at Misawa AB.
After one hour of training above Pacific Ocean, landed.
During after-flight check, panel missing.

JASDF searched in base and Misawa City below flight course, but did not find panel.

http://www.sankei.com/affairs/news/150106/afr1501060024-n1.html
http://www.sankei.com/politics/news/150106/plt1501060039-n1.html

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 12 Jan 2015, 16:21
by Gamera
For fun, official papercraft (paper models) of JASDF aircraft, including F-2A and F-35A.

http://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/hofuminami/papercraft.html

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 14 Apr 2015, 11:57
by Gamera
2015/04/14

http://flyteam.jp/news/article/48782
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20150 ... 7-san-soci
http://www.sankei.com/politics/news/150 ... 06-n1.html

On 11 March 2011, at Miyagi Prefecture, Matsushima AB, 18 F-2B of 21st Hikoutai, JASDF, were damaged.
All 18 were investigated, and 13 would be repaired.
21st Hikoutai had about 20 F-2B.
Including prototypes, 32 F-2B were produced.
F-2 production line already ended.

On 21 April 2015, at Aichi Prefecture, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Komaki Minami factory, the first repaired F-2B will be delivered to JASDF.
Repair cost is 13 billion Yen per aircraft.
Purchase cost was 11 billion Yen per aircraft.

The first repaired F-2B is one of six aircraft in fiscal year Heisei 27 [2015].

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 14 Apr 2015, 14:12
by Jon
Let us know when we know the serial number as well. Thanks!

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 21 Apr 2015, 14:00
by Gamera

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 23 Apr 2015, 08:49
by Gamera
21 April 2015:
F-2B.
03-8106. #106.
JASDF.

Aichi Prefecture, at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Komaki Minami factory, ceremony for first repaired F-2B delivered to JASDF.

On 11 March 2011, at Miyagi Prefecture, Matsushima AB, tsunami damaged 18 F-2B.
13 would be repaired, for 88.5 billion Yen.

Before fiscal year 2015 end, six would be delivered.
Before fiscal year 2017 end, seven would be delivered.

After ceremony at Komaki Minami factory, #106 flew to Aomori Prefecture, Misawa AB.
After the tsunami, F-2 pilots training moved to Misawa AB.

At Misawa AB, 3rd Koukuudan commander, Major General Inoue Hirohide said: day of repaired aircraft return to Matsushima AB, is not far away.

http://flyteam.jp/news/article/46502

On and after 16 February 2015, at Nagoya AP, aviation fans witnessed #106 began test flights.

http://www.hochi.co.jp/topics/20150421-OHT1T50099.html
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/national/20150421-OYT1T50071.html

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 17 May 2015, 14:27
by Gamera
http://www.asagumo-news.com/homepage/htdocs/news/newsflash/201505/150511/15051102.html

First of three photos, is Blue Impulse hangar, at Matsushima AB, dated 2015/04/17.

Second is a wet and wild F-2B, at Matsushima AB, dated 2011/03/12.

Third is ceremony at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Komaki Minami factory, dated 2015/04/21.

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 26 May 2015, 15:19
by Gamera
[Source news article has small photo.]

http://www.asagumo-news.com/homepage/htdocs/news/newsflash/201505/150526/15052601.html

12 May 2015:
F-2B.
21st Hikoutai, 4th Koukuudan, JASDF, formerly based at Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture.

At Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture, during training mission by 8th Hikoutai, 3rd Koukuudan, above Pacific Ocean, JASDF Chief of Staff, General Saitou Hirokazu, call sign Goa, rode back seat of first repaired F-2B that was damaged by tsunami on 11 March 2011.

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 29 May 2015, 16:42
by Jon
That's funny, one of the guys in the photos has his hat over his face.

Gamera wrote:First glance...

2015/04/21
http://www.hochi.co.jp/topics/20150421-OHT1T50099.html
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/photograph/new ... OYT1I50010

Looks like F-2B #106.

20150421-OHT1I50033-1.jpg

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 15 Aug 2015, 15:41
by Gamera
http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/news/press-releases/2015/august/Japans-F-2-Marks-8th-Platform-to-Fly-with-LM.html

Japan’s F-2 Marks 8th Platform to Fly with Lockheed Martin Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 10, 2015 – Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) received a direct commercial sale contract through Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to integrate the Sniper ® Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) onto the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF) F-2 aircraft.

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 06 Sep 2015, 14:09
by Gamera
4 September 2015:
8th Hikoutai, 3rd Koukuudan, JASDF, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.

2016 summer, 8th Hikoutai will relocate to Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture.
8th Hikoutai flies F-2 since 2008, and T-4 since 1991.

3rd Hikoutai stays at Misawa AB.
Fiscal year 2017, at Misawa AB, new Hikoutai will establish to fly F-35.

http://www.toonippo.co.jp/news_too/nto2015/20150905005127.asp

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 03 Nov 2015, 10:56
by Gamera
11 March 2011:
Eighteen F-2B.
03-8103.
03-8104.
03-8106.
23-8107. From 13-8107.
23-8108.
23-8109.
23-8110.
23-8111.
23-8114.
33-8116. From 23-8116.
33-8117. From 23-8117.
33-8118.
33-8119.
33-8120.
33-8121.
33-8122.
43-8127.
53-8131.
21st Hikoutai, JASDF.

Damaged by tsunami, at Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture.

2015/02/16, 03-8104 test flight at Komaki AB/Nagoya AP.
First tsunami-damaged F-2B repaired.
2015/04/21, ferry flight to Misawa AB, where 21st Hikoutai training was based.

2015/05/13, 23-8108 test flight at Komaki AB/Nagoya AP.
Second tsunami-damaged F-2B repaired.

2015/07/24, 33-8116 test flight at Komaki AB/Nagoya AP.
Third tsunami-damaged F-2B repaired.

2015/10/02, 33-8118 test flight at Komaki AB/Nagoya AP.
Fourth tsunami-damaged F-2B repaired.

http://xpm.gozaru.jp/b-benri/choutatsu_jasdf.html

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 21 Mar 2016, 14:12
by Gamera
20 March 2016:
Many F-2.
21st Hikoutai, JASDF, based at Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture.

Ceremony for 21st Hikoutai returned to Matsushima AB.
21st Hikoutai was F-2 pilots training squadron.
Training would restart on 23 March.

After earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011, 21st Hikoutai moved to Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.

Matsushima AB, against future tsunami, apron elevated 4 metres.
New hangars would complete this month.

Six flooded and repaired F-2, and three F-2 from other air bases, were stationed.
More would return.

http://www.sankei.com/photo/photojournal/news/160320/jnl1603200001-n1.html

Many photos.
Note "Return March 2016" badge on uniform, and "Return to Matsushima AB" and "Many Thanks To Misawa AB" special markings on tail fin of 33-8116.

http://www.jiji.com/jc/c?g=soc_30&k=2016032000106
http://www.kahoku.co.jp/tohokunews/201603/20160321_13012.html
http://www.sponichi.co.jp/society/news/2016/03/21/kiji/K20160321012252060.html

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 01 May 2016, 11:46
by Gamera
3-9 March 2016:
Many F-2.
21st Hikoutai, JASDF, based at Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture.

At Matsushima AB, spotters recorded F-2 and T-4 that arrived.

March 9:
F-2 were #116 [memorial paint scheme], #118, #121, #122 [no squadron mark], #123 [no squadron mark].
T-4 was #760.

March 10:
F-2 was #105 [from Gifu AB, no squadron mark].
T-4 was #707.

March 14:
F-2 were #106, #124 [no squadron mark].

March 17:
F-2 was #108.

http://dansa.minim.ne.jp/a2331-10-MatsushimaF2B.htm

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 03 May 2016, 01:55
by Jon
Thanks for your updates!

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 04 Jun 2016, 18:10
by Gamera
http://www.toonippo.co.jp/news_too/nto2016/20160604014114.asp

4 June 2016:
8th Hikoutai, 3rd Koukuudan, JASDF, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.

About late July 2016, 8th Hikoutai will move to Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture.
8th Hikoutai operates F-2.

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 09 Jul 2016, 16:19
by Gamera
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/local/miyagi/news/20160707-OYTNT50320.html

Japanese news article dated 2016/07/07.

At Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture, first air show after 2011/03/11 earthquake and tsunami, will be on 2016/08/28.
Demo flights by Blue Impulse, F-2, and Kyuunantai (SAR Squadron) helicopters.

Because of traffic control, admission by lucky draw limited to 9,000 visitors.
Applications submit on or before 2016/07/15.

The previous air show in 2010, attracted 80,000 visitors.

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 26 Jul 2016, 15:43
by Gamera
Tuesday, 12 July 2016:
Many F-2.
8th Hikoutai, 3rd Koukuudan, JASDF, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.

Rally ceremony by 8th Hikoutai commander, Lieutenant Colonel Oguro Masataka.
Late July 2016, 8th Hikoutai with about 20 F-2 will move from Misawa AB to Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture.

This move compensates for January 2016, 304th Hikoutai with F-15 moved from Tsuiki AB to Naha AB, Okinawa Prefecture.

http://www.asagumo-news.com/homepage/ht ... 72601.html

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 26 Jul 2016, 16:34
by Gamera
http://www.kahoku.co.jp/tohokunews/201607/20160713_23004.html

2016/07/13:

After 8th Hikoutai moves to Tsuiki AB, 3rd Hikoutai with about 20 F-2 remaining at Misawa AB will cover 8th Hikoutai missions.

JMOD schedule: fiscal year 2017, F-35 begins deploy at Misawa AB.
By fiscal year 2020, one squadron of about 20 F-35 at Misawa AB.

Also fiscal year 2020, 3rd Hikoutai will move to Hyaku AB, Ibaraki Prefecture.
Future, two squadrons of F-35 at Misawa AB.

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 07 Aug 2016, 16:28
by Gamera
29 July 2016:
Many F-2.
JASDF, based at Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture.

"Force reorganisation ceremony" by 8th Koukuudan and Tsuiki AB commander Imase Nobuyuki, to welcome about 20 F-2 and 400 personnel [8th Hikoutai, "Black Panthers"] arrived at Tsuiki AB, from Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.

Part of "Southwest Shift", after about 20 F-15 [304th Hikoutai] moved to Naha AB, Okinawa Prefecture, now Tsuiki AB has total about 40 F-2.

http://mainichi.jp/articles/20160730/dd ... 40/640000c
http://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/tsuiki/kichishirei/index.html

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 28 Aug 2016, 15:04
by Gamera
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20160 ... 7-jij-soci
http://www.jiji.com/jc/article?k=2016082800096&g=eqa

28 August 2016:
JASDF, based at Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture.

First air show at Matsushima AB, after earthquake and tsunami damaged air base on 11 March 2011.
Attended by 10,000 visitors.

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 28 Aug 2016, 21:32
by Jon
Thanks Gamera for posting this information.

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 03 Sep 2016, 11:49
by Gamera
http://travel.watch.impress.co.jp/img/t ... 4.jpg.html

76 photos of JASDF Matsushima AB air show on 2016/08/28.

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 03 Sep 2016, 21:07
by Gamera
http://flyteam.jp/event/detail/2984

"Air Festival 2016 in Misawa AB" is on 2016/09/11 Sunday.
Yes, September 11.

http://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/misawa/tokusetsu.html

http://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/misawa/images ... poster.jpg

The official poster features JASDF F-2 #522.

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 04 Oct 2016, 11:37
by Gamera
http://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/misawa/tokusetsu2016.html
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http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/local/aomori/n ... ml?from=tw

Saturday, 1 October 2016:
3rd Hikoutai, JASDF, at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.

60th anniversary ceremony.

October 1956, 3rd Hikoutai established at Hamamatsu AB.
December 1971, moved to Misawa AB.

Has about 20 F-2 and T-4.

http://www.mod.go.jp/asdf/misawa/koukuu ... usai11.jpg

F-2.
#524.
3rd Hikoutai, JASDF, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.

Digital camouflage with 60th anniversary emblem on tail fin, dated Sunday, 11 September 2016.

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 21 Mar 2017, 16:07
by Gamera
Thursday, 9 March 2017:
F-2.
3rd Hikoutai, JASDF, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.

From early May to 5 July, for about two months, up to seven of about 20 F-2 will deploy temporarily to JMSDF Hachinohe AB, Aomori Prefecture, for scramble missions.

Misawa AB runway will close for maintenance.

http://www.toonippo.co.jp/news_too/nto2 ... 023251.asp

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2017, 14:16
by Gamera
Saturday, 25 March 2017:
21st Hikoutai, 4th Koukuudan, JASDF, based at Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture.

40th anniversary ceremony, attended by 130 active and retired soldiers, politicians, and guests.

21st Hikoutai tasked with F-2 training.

At least one F-2 had 40th anniversary markings.

http://www.asagumo-news.com/homepage/ht ... 42604.html

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 27 Apr 2017, 19:27
by mixelflick
What advantages does the F-2 bring vs. a stock Viper?

I can see the larger wing, but beyond that? I suppose different avionics/weapons.. It just seems like a REAL expensive Viper, and I'm wondering if even they consider it worth the effort.

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 28 Apr 2017, 12:35
by basher54321
Any value may have been more from the experience and lessons of co development rather than unit cost say.

Other than that it has more pylons on the wings for more payload, a bit more internal fuel, and had an AESA radar from pretty much the go which they were upgrading recently I understand. The extra fuel might be to offset any extra weight /drag - no way to tell.

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 08 May 2017, 11:43
by Gamera
Thursday, 13 April 2017:
JASDF announced because runway maintenance at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture, from early May to 5 July, Misawa AB aircraft would detach to Hyakuri AB, Ibaraki Prefecture, and Miyajima AB, Miyagi Prefecture.

130 soldiers, about 15 F-2, and some T-4 detach to Hyakuri AB.
25 soldiers and about seven T-4 detach to Miyajima AB.

http://www.asagumo-news.com/homepage/ht ... 50804.html

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 26 Jun 2017, 16:04
by Gamera
Monday, 26 June 2017:
Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.

Runway maintenance completed, and re-opened, for USAF [35th FW] and JASDF [3rd Koukuudan] aircraft.

Civilian flights continued to cancel from Thursday, 11 May to Tuesday, 4 July.

https://www.city.misawa.lg.jp/index.cfm ... 8,348,html
http://flyteam.jp/news/article/80930

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 20 Aug 2017, 17:21
by Gamera
http://flyteam.jp/aircraft/fuji/ah-1s-f ... icle/82794

Article in Japanese, dated 2017/08/08.
A table that lists the types and numbers of aircraft that JGSDF, JMSDF, and JASDF had, as at 31 March, in 2017 to 2013.

For example, as at 31 March 2017, JASDF had 92 F-2A/B, same as in previous fiscal years.
OTOH, as at 31 March 2017, JASDF had four F-35A.

Personally, I'm more interested in the numbers for F-4EJ, F-4EJ Kai, and RF-4E/EJ.
Phantom Phorever!

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 27 Aug 2017, 17:06
by Gamera
Sunday, 27 August 2017:
JASDF, based at Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture.

First Matsushima AB air show that opened to public after 2011 earthquake and tidal wave destroyed air base.

2010 air show had 65,000 visitors.

2016 "Reconstruction appreciation event" limited to 10,000 visitors.

https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=2017 ... 7-jij-soci

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 31 Aug 2017, 14:25
by Gamera

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 05 Jan 2018, 09:59
by Gamera
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=2017 ... -khks-soci

Saturday, 16 December 2017:
Takaginomori Sports Park, Ooshio, Higashi Matsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture.

2011/03/11, at Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture, tsunami damaged 28 F-2 and other aircraft and hangars.
Matsushima AB used giant tents as temporary hangars.

After Matsushima AB hangars repaired, Higashi Matsushima City received and moved two giant tents to Takaginomori Sports Park, in fiscal year 2014.
2017 July to November, tent interiors renovated with anti-ball nets, black earth ground, LED lighting, pitcher mounts.

General public can use tents as all-weather, indoor baseball and soccer training.
Height 11 m, length 85 m, width 24.5 m.

2017/12/16, renovation memorial baseball class, with 120 students from local primary and secondary schools, and 20 teachers from baseball team of Nippon Paper Industries, Ishinomaki factory.

http://hmasa.sub.jp/taikyo/?facilities= ... c%e5%9c%92

Takaginomori Sports Park.

http://www.nipponpapergroup.com/basebal ... index.html

Nippon Paper Industries, baseball team.

http://www.nipponpapergroup.com/about/b ... shinomaki/

Nippon Paper Group, Nippon Paper Industries, Ishinomaki factory.

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 26 May 2018, 03:43
by Gamera
Tuesday, 22 May 2018:
F-2.
JASDF, based at Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture.

19:25 to 19:30, at Tsuiki AB, after landed, left and right landing gear tires punctured, and stopped on runway for one hour.

Pilot not wounded.

One of flight of seven.
Four diverted to Komatsu AB, Ishikawa Prefecture.
One diverted to Ashiya AB, Fukuoka Prefecture.
One diverted to Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=2018 ... 8-yom-soci
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/lnews/kitakyushu/ ... 00506.html

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 08 Sep 2018, 15:19
by Gamera
Sunday, 9 September 2018:
JASDF, based at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture.

After earthquake in Hokkaidou, at 3:08 on 2018/09/06 Thursday, all air display flights cancelled at Misawa AB air show on 2018/09/09.
Some ground displays of aircraft from squadrons not based at Misawa AB, are cancelled too.

https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=2018 ... press-life

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 02 Nov 2018, 15:32
by Gamera
Friday, 2 November 2018:
Two F-2A.
JASDF, based at Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture.

Collided, above sea, west from Kyuushuu Island.
Returned to base, and emergency landed.

Two pilots not wounded.

14:55, took off.
Air combat training, 200 km west from air base.

15:55, after training, collided, during mutual appearance inspecting each other for abnormal.

16:30, emergency landed.

#1 damaged vertical tail.
#2 damaged fuel tank and missile launcher below left wing.

Debris fell into ocean.

Did not carry missile, and did not leak fuel.

https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=2018 ... 4-tncv-l40
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=2018 ... 0-jij-soci
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=2018 ... 7-yom-soci
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews ... 67-ann-pol
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews ... 4-jnn-soci
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews ... 69-nnn-pol
http://www.news24.jp/articles/2018/11/0 ... cquisition

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 03 Nov 2018, 06:34
by Gamera
] Friday, 2 November 2018:

https://www.asahi.com/articles/photo/AS ... 05130.html

Leader looks like #509. 03-8509.

https://www.asahi.com/articles/photo/AS ... 05132.html

Wingman looks like #53x.

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 08 Nov 2018, 10:11
by Gamera
] Friday, 2 November 2018:

https://flyteam.jp/registration/03-8509

F-2A.
#509. 03-8509. C/N M1009.

https://flyteam.jp/registration/43-8530

F-2A.
#530. 43-8530. C/N M1030.

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 18 Nov 2018, 00:29
by energo
Gamera,

Thank you for the (always excellent) updates.

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 05 Dec 2018, 14:55
by Gamera
[quote="energo"]Gamera,

Thank you for the (always excellent) updates.[/quote]

>Friday, 2 November 2018:
>Two F-2A.

https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=2018 ... 6-jij-soci

Wednesday, 2018/12/05:
JMOD, Air Staff Office announced accident cause was human error.

#1 was Major, above 40 years old.
#2 was First Lieutenant, above 20 years old.

After training, #1 inspected #2 exterior appearance.
#1 communicated by gesture and radio to turn left, and switch inspection.

#2 thought #2 would inspect #1 after they turned left.
#1 thought #2 would inspect #1 while they were turning left.

Each thought he would be inspected by the other, lost sight of the other, and turned left.
Result was #1 vertical tail collided #2 left wing bottom side.

Re: JASDF K-9 Update

Unread postPosted: 20 Feb 2019, 14:27
by Gamera
Friday, 1 February 2019:
Izu.
Guard dog.
Retired JASDF, based at Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture.

Retired JASDF guard dog Izu passed away.
It was 12, or 89 in Human years.

Izu was last of guard dogs that survived tsunami at Matsushima AB on 2011/03/11.

Izu worked at Iruma AB, Dasaitama Prefecture.
From 2011 February, worked at Matsushima AB.

2011/03/11, tsunami flooded kennels building.
Next day, after water withdrew, soldiers inspected building.

They found guard dogs managed to swim, and were afraid, dirty, and survived.

https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=2019 ... 6-bfj-soci

Re: JASDF F-2 Update

Unread postPosted: 20 Jun 2019, 11:34
by Gamera
10-12 June 2019:
Komatsu AB, Ishikawa Prefecture.

10-12 June 2019, three IAF [Indian Air Force] fighter pilots visited Komatsu AB, and rode F-2B of 21st Hikoutai, 4th Koukuudan, from Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture.

F-2 pilot was Major Matsui Hiroshi.

http://www.asagumo-news.com/homepage/ht ... 62002.html