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  1. Prior to our trip to Hyakuri for the base's open house we travelled south to Tsuiki which houses two squadrons of Mitsubishi F2s - nos. 6 & 8. For anyone with a particular interest in the F2 there is an article on it in this month's edition of Combat Aircraft magazine. The crowd was allowed entry to the base but entry to the apron was restricted by a rope line until 8am followed by a made scramble to the crowd line. The show wrapped up at around 3pm. The flying was fairly restricted in terms of quantity but what it lacked in this regard was more than made up for by quality. The US F16 put on a stunning display of raw power and low level flying the like of which I don't think I've ever seen from an American aircraft at a show while a pair of the home based F2s would have given the flying display police from the MAA/CAA multiple heart attacks. From take off they immediately pulled into a series of high speed, low level 360 degree turns and low passes over the crowd. I hope some of the images below convey a sense of their display. While they wouldn't have won any prizes for technical merit as might be seen at Fairford for example, for sheer noise and spectacle not to mention thrilling the crowd then it I regard it as the most exciting display that I have ever seen. 1. Waiting for the 8.00am sprint to the crowd line 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 440 - An exhibitor on the Japanese SIG stand at IPMS Telford last year told me that this is the last Phantom ever built. 34. 35. I think this was a planned demonstration of the base's fire fighting capability. 36. 37. 38. 39. End of the day departure. That's it, thanks for looking.
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