Naha Air Show - Static_Display
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The lunch break was really long, but gave enough time to explore the static display, the souvenir stands and the food court. This time we were lucky and found several patches, even one that sold the "Good-bye Naha Phantom" patch. One for ~15€! We only bought one and decided to spend the rest of our money for patches of other aircraft and squadrons that we saw during our time in Japan. And there are a lot of them… When we returned along the row I still discovered a "Phly-Out" t-shirt that one of the vendors was wearing. Of course I was asking for it and after some discussion I found out that he was wearing the last one of these T-shirts – and he was kind enough to sell me this one :)
Static Display - first impressions
all the colorful aircraft on the ground:
there was also a lot more to see...
Food was good as well and after getting it we sat down a bit to just watch and enjoy what was going on in front of us. In a hangar we discovered a Phantom that was displayed for a functional display (retracting gear, hook and so on) and took some nice close-up and detail photos of this bird. In the afternoon only Blue Impulse performed with some fly-bys and very cloudy skies. Nothing spectacular after the display one week earlier at a sunny Nyutabaru.
At half past three - shortly before it got dark - 2 F-15s of the successor Squadron at Naha, the 204 Hikotai, took off together with 2 Phantoms from Naha and performed fly-bys in different configurations. Quite nice, but the best part were the aferburner take-offs of the Eagles.
the successors at Naha: F-15s of 204 Hikotai
the old and the new together in the air
Just after the end of the display it got even cloudier and we prepared to make our way back to the airport. Before leaving the airfield we left our stepladders at the airfield, which have then been already for the second time in Japan. But we ambitious to bring them the whole way back to Germany, regarding the effort of carrying them through the Tokyo underground.
Civil traffic that day at Naha
All things considered the show itself was therefore nothing special, but combined with the fly-in on the sunny Friday the aviation part of the trip to Naha was excellent nonetheless.