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FlyPast Classics: Tony’s Trials and Tribulations

Malcolm V Lowe explains how Japan’s uniquely powered Ki-61 Hien...

Boeing partner with MHI on Japanese F-15J upgrades

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Boeing recently signed a direct commercial sale agreement to support upgrades to Japan’s F-15J multi-role fighter fleet.

US approves Japan’s $23bn F-35 purchase

The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 105 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters to Japan.

Textron delivers first two U-680As to JASDF

Textron Aviation has delivered the first two of three Cessna U-680A Citation Sovereigns to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF).

Japan Coast Guard orders two additional H225s

The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) has placed an order for two additional Airbus Helicopters H225s.

Japan conducts final RF-4EJ training flight

The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has flown its final official training sortie with its McDonnell Douglas RF-4EJ tactical reconnaissance aircraft.

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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.

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Japanese Sub-Hunter

Designed from the start as a dedicated maritime patrol aircraft, Kawasaki’s P-1 boasts longer range than the Boeing P-8, has more weapons hardpoints, more operators and features a tail-mounted magnetic anomaly detector. Marcin Przeworski investigates.

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Japanese Phantoms approaching sunset

Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) Phantoms have been protecting the nation's airspace...

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“I am awaiting the final order”

Words from a kamikaze pilot who met his death in June 1945 are among the powerful, and sobering, exhibits in two museums dedicated to the Japanese suicide missions