Nyutabaru Air Show

Article Index

Nyutabaru, on the southern Japanese island of Kyhusu, is a real superbase, if not THE superbase. At least that's what everyone says who has ever been there. With one squadron of Phantoms and 2 of F-15 Eagles, among the the colourfull Aggressor aircraft, the flying activity is very high with jets being in the air non-stop during the day.
Come with us and have a look what their airshow is like that is held every December!

Top

Where? Nyutabaru, Kyushu, Japan
When? 07/12/2008

f(this is an excerpt of the Japan 2009 Trip Report that can soon be found here as well - a first read might be the Japan blog)

EarlyAfter a really cold night in the car – the windows were even frozen… - we woke up at around 6am near the airfield and saw to our surprise that the roads were already getting crowded with cars and even at the nearby parking the snack stands were already preparing their food! When we got out of the car we earned some amazed looks of the Japanese that were also spending their nights at this place. No wonder, as we were the only Europeans there.
FoodOne guy, still hidden in the dark of his car, was asking us:"Where do you come from?" "From Germany", we replied, and then he showed his face, smiling, and said "I am from Japan" We had a good laugh with him and a nice chat as he helped us a lot to get the final steps of organizing the day at the show: how to get there, how to come back, what to take with us, how many time it willl take, and so on… But somehow after a lot of thinking we decided to get two hot coffees from the nearby dispenser, grab our stuff and walk to the gate. On our way we saw the sunrise and the first rays of sun felt comfortably warm in our freezing faces.

0730As we arrived at the gate we obviously did not wonder that we were not the first ones to be there, and at around 7am the traffic jam along the road had already build up!
The ordered queue in front of the gate soon converted into a disordered pack of aviation fans and when the gates opened at half past seven (if I remember correctly), everybody Staticrushed in to get the best place in the first row. We felt happy at first to set our feet on the holy grounds of Japan's Superbase Nyutabaru and looked at the shrine gate: "Welcome to Nyutabaru". Finally we made it!!!

Luckily the few enthusiasts running in front of us preferred to position their chairs in front of the Blue Impulse demonstration team, giving us the chance to get our photos of all the aircraft in the static display without people being in the way. Less than half an hour later we would not have had any chance to so.

a first look around...

009 ---- 010 ---- 011 ---- 012
013 ---- 014 ---- 015 ---- 016

Nophoto

So we rushed through the ground exhibition, photographed the F-4- and F-15-exhibition and get some shots of the aircraft parked along the fence line. This was quite good: RF-4E, F-2, C-130, E-2, T-7 and many more aircraft of the huge variety of JASDF aircraft were present. Even some special coloured ones were sent to the show and we have been extremely pleased about the YS-11 and C-1 in special colours.

 

Static Display

017 ---- 018 ---- 019 ---- 020
021 ---- 022 ---- 023 ---- 024
025 ---- 026 ---- 027 ---- 028

Gateguards (F-4, T-2, F-104, F-84)

029 ---- 030 ---- 031 ---- 032

FrogUnfortunately the light was not good from the morning on for the photos and became even worse during the day, so we still took some photos of the gate guards (extensive collection including an Aggressor T-2 and also an F-4EJ Kai) and left the airbase again after one hour. Without any souvenirs or whatever as we did not have any time to Maskslook for them...

That was quite a short visit for an airbase that we always wanted to see, but getting on the other side of the airfield to get some nice shots of the flying display was more important to us.
The transfer to the southern side of the airfield was no problem and we soon found a nice place on our stepladders along the fence, ready for the flying display.

 

recently published

19  1909 5656

Air Legend 2019

"Air Legend" at the Melun-Villaroche airfield in the South of Paris is a new airshow establishing itself firmly on the European circuit. The second edition in 2019 focused on Cold War jets and succeeded with a well balanced mix of those Cold War warriors, warbirds Read More
19 Hahnweide19 1909 9664

Hahnweide OTT 2019

2019 saw the 19th edition of the Oldtimer Fliegertreffen Hahnweide. You may also call it a fly-in, a pilot meeting or a warbird airshow, and with around 400 participating aircraft it is arguably Germany’s biggest aviation event. It is an avgeek festival, and an aviation Read More
18 Radom 1808 6835

Radom Airshow 2018

Radom Airshow 2018 had the Polish Air Force’s 100th anniversary as a main theme. Concluding from past events the expectations were very high, and the event attracted highlights such as the Ukrainian Suchoi Su-27 Flanker or the JF-17 from Pakistan for the flying display. In Read More
19  1908 0740

Taiwan Planespotting

This was another plane spotting trip to Taiwan. Even though it has a vivid aviation photography scene, it’s tropical climate and a military on high alert do not make it an easy country to pursue this hobby. With the aim to photograph some aircraft of Read More
  • 1

more Airshows

08  0806 5457

NLD Piestany - Slovak Air Show

An airshow in a spa town? That seems to be a highly unlikely combination, but it can be possible as proved recently in Slovakia. The 2. Národné Letecké Dni (National Air Day) was held on Read More
09 Caslav09 0905 8655

90 years Czech Air Force

Time to celebrate! 2008 marked the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Czechoslovak Air Force. And this was the main theme for this year's airshow at at Czech's only remaining fighter airbase Caslav, around Read More
09  0906 1931

50 Jahre JG 71

Due to orders by the higher command of the Luftwaffe, flying displays of their aircraft are not allowed anymore. Thus the only possibility of the wings to represent themselves to the public is by Open Read More
05 ETME 0506 5919

MFG2 Farewell - Eggebek

Farewell Eggebek!Another chapter in the history of the German naval aviation was concluded on June, 18th 2005. This was the day of the last landing of a Marineflieger Tornado at NAS Eggebek due to the Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23

Latest Tweets

Statistics

Today 17

Yesterday 106

Week 123

Month 1352

All 2575693