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Eagles hit the streets for protection

Following the tsunami warning that was issued after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck approximately ten miles (16km) southwest of Hualien City in Taiwan on April 3, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) quickly moved to prevent any damage being caused to its F-15J Eagle fighters at Naha Air Base in Okinawa.

First A350-1000 for JAL

Japan Airlines’ (JAL) first Airbus A350-1000 has arrived in Tokyo.

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USAF to replace Kadena's outgoing legacy Eagles with F-15EXs?

The USAF is reportedly considering a plan to permanently replace the legacy F-15C/D Eagle fighters assigned to the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, with a smaller number of new F-15EX Eagle IIs

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Global V-22 Osprey fleet grounded following fatal crash in Japan

A USAF-operated CV-22B Osprey was lost off Yakushima Island, Japan, on November 29, killing all eight airmen on board and resulting in a global operational stand-down of the tiltrotor

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What it was like to fly on the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner service

In the January 2012 issue of Airliner World, Lee Simonetta recounted his trip to Japan to fly on the world’s first Dreamliner passenger service operated by by All Nippon Airways (ANA)

Kadena Air Base welcomes first of several USAF MQ-9As

On October 13, Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, greeted the first of several USAF-operated MQ-9A Reaper unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) that are scheduled to deploy to the base, which is also referred to as the ‘Keystone of the Pacific’

USMC’s ‘Silver Eagles’ conclude final legacy Hornet deployment

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 (VMFA-115) ‘Silver Eagles’ departed MCAS Iwakuni in Japan on September 28, marking the conclusion of a six-month Unit Deployment Program tour in the Indo-Pacific region with Marine Aircraft Group 12 (MAG-12)

Japanese F-35As mark first overseas deployment for Australian exercise

Four F-35A Lightning IIs from the 3rd Air Wing departed Misawa Air Base – the unit’s home base – for Australia on August 25 to participate in the two-week Exercise Bushido Guardian 2023, marking the first overseas deployment for the type in operational Japan Air Self-Defense Force service

Japanese F-15J marks 100 years of the Italian Air Force

As part of preparations being made for welcoming a detachment of Italian F-35A Lightning IIs to Komatsu Air Base in Ishikawa, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force painted one of its F-15J Eagles in special markings to commemorate the centenary of the Italian Air Force

Kadena aces dispersed ops during Northern Edge 23-2

Exercise Northern Edge 23-2, which was held from July 2-21, gave US forces an opportunity to practise and rehearse Agile Combat Employment capabilities from dispersed locations, and to integrate with the Japan Self-Defense Forces, French Air and Space Force and other allies and partner nations