Aircraft Spotting in Japan - Nyutabaru

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Day 10, Nyutabaru, 08/11

Nyuta2 01"Groundhog Day"… Once again we woke up in the same love hotel as the day before and were at the spot at the "fighter paradise" Nyutabaru at 07h15. It was colder than the day before that morning, but the sky was even clearer and we could see the mountains in the background. Once again a T-4 was the first aircraft and Phantoms followed afterwards.
While the sun was turning we were waiting for the Aggressors who left quite late that day at 9am.Nyuta2 04
The sun was not that good anymore at that time, but we did not mind that much because a camerateam placed themselves directly in the line of sight for the frontview pictures that day. Furthermore the sun was not out at that moment as well.
Nyuta2 03Happy enough about the photos we have already taken the day before we changed our position to the southern side of the runway. Masses of F-4EJ Phantoms and F-15(D)J Eagles of all Nyutabaru based Squadrons flew that day and two T-4s from other bases visited the airfield as well. During midday it got a bit hazy but we continued shooting because all the aircraft departed with different configurations of tanks and training weapons. In the afternoon it got completely sunny again and we were able to shoot all aircraft in perfect light.

Perfect photo spots

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Phighter Paradise

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Shortly before the Aggressors left for their second round in the afternoon we decided to change our position once more and move a bit more to the west in order to try to get them airborne. Unfortunately the starting direction was changed soon after we arrived there and we still only saw them during rotation. However at this spot there was a really nice green background and we got the possibility to see their camouflage from the other side.


Afternoon flight of the Aggressors

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After filling many more rolls of film and gigabytes on my mobile harddrive it was nearly time to say good bye. But before leaving we headed for another spot at the very end of the runway where, after climbing up a step slope, some nice photos of Phantoms were possible that were illuminated by the setting sun. As standing there felt not very comfortable and quite unsafe Florian and Patrick preferred to take some scenic shots of the sunset, the landscape and returning F-15s. But the last photo of that day was one of a Japanese Phantom!

Bye bye Nyuta!

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Nyuta2 13Nyuta2 12Then it was time to move again, back to Tsuiki. Shortly after leaving Nyuta we discovered a shrine and still took some photos there in order to proove back home that we did not solely photograph aircraft. That shrine was just besides a kindergarten and a lot of black eyes stared out of the windows when we jumped out of the car with our cameras. I think we are looking the same way when we see Japanese tourists ;)
As it got dark we refueled somewhere along the coastal road (~5.800Yen) and had dinner at Moe's. Among other tasty things they offered also some nice riceburgers, exactly the right stuff after such a long and hard working day…
The way back to Tsuiki led us to the same winding road as two days before and took around 5 hours. Despite calling the youth hostel it was closed when we arrived there and we got really angry. This would have been the first (and only!) time during our trip that we did not have to search for hours for a youth hostel, but now we had to look for a love hotel once again. Fortunately we found one not far away and after the usual problems (payment, 3 male persons…) and discussions we got our room. As Patrick did not feel very he slept in the double bed, Florian and I preferred to stay healthy and therefore chose the floor to spent the night...

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