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Final Sayonara for Japanese Phantoms

After retiring the last operational F-4EJ Phantoms from service, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has now also completed the withdrawal of the remaining examples of the type

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Phantom Pharewell: Japan bids farewell to the legendary F-4EJ

The legendary McDonnell Douglas F-4EJ Phantom II has bowed of service with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. Key.Aero looks at the multi-role fighter's half-century of Japanese operations

Additional King Air 350i special mission aircraft arrives in Japan

Textron Aviation has delivered an additional Beechcraft King Air 350i special mission aircraft to Japcon Inc, ahead of the aircraft’s official handover to the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force

First KC-46A tanker for Japan takes flight

The first of four Boeing KC-46A tankers for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force completed its maiden flight from the company’s production facility in Everett, Washington, on February 8

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Japan contracts Kongsberg for more Joint Strike Missiles

Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace revealed on December 1 that it has signed a follow-on contract to supply more Joint Strike Missiles (JSMs) for Japan’s Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fleet

Japan begins MV-22B Osprey flight operations

The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) became the first international operator of the US-built Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor after it began flight operations with the platform on November 6

Boeing to build two more KC-46As for Japan

The USAF contracted Boeing to build and deliver an additional two KC-46A Pegasus tanker/transports for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force on October 29

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The Last Operators of the F-4 Phantom

The sun is setting on the mighty McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II as operator numbers continue to decrease. Key.Aero takes a look at which nations still operate this military aviation icon

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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.