Phantom Survivors: Rising Sun 'Rhinos'

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force operates an exotic mix of F-4s, with its reconnaissance variants now being retired and a single squadron of air defenders remaining.

JASDF RF-4E [Rich Cooper] #1
A stunning two-tone blue RF-4E taxies out at Hyakuri in December 2019. All photos Rich Cooper/COAP unless credited otherwise
JASDF RF-4E [Rich Cooper] #5
301 Hikotai is still operating at full capacity — evidenced here by an early morning departure.

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