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N3N6Regarding the flight display I unfortunately have to say that it was one of the worst I have ever seen on an airshow. This not due to the weather, but mainly to the high civil traffic, which obviously has priority. Therefore the flight display of any jet or helicopter consisted only of a take-off, some (2-3) fly-bys in different configurations with variable pauses in-between, and the landing. Nothing spectacular…

 

The first act was a formation of the local Naha T-4s and F-4s, followed by some fly-bys of a P-3C Orion. The local helicopters - a Chinook, a SAR Blackhawk and ??? - also started their engines for some flying. Their circling around was however very far away and the three helicopters had such a great separation that it was not possible to get all three of them in the frame.

T-4s, also in formation with Phantoms

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Helicopter fly-by

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P-3C Orion flight display

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N11Action on the groud was provided by the weapon loading demonstration of 2 Phantoms. After the aircraft came back from their flying displays the grouncrews were ready to load them with the full air-air weaponery consisting of 4 short range missiles (AAM-3 or AIM-9L) and 4 AIM-7 Sparrows.
In the meantime the pilots were standing on the side and waiting. After a scramble the rushed to their aircraft, started the aircraft and taxied away... to their final parking position far away from the crowd. At least this demo gave the possibility to take some close-up action photos of the Phantoms!

Weapon loading demonstration

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