Nyutabaru Airshow

Nyutabaru Airshow

Postby Niallxg on Sat 30 Nov 2013, 10:07 am

Hi

This week sees me in Miyazaki and nicely timed to take in the airshow at Nyutabaru.

The main show day is tomorrow - Sunday - but today there was a small "families day". Unfortunately, given its layout the crowd line looks directly into the sun. So if you really have to decide on whether you want to get static shots or flying shots. I've opted for the latter and chose today to recon some of the vantage points on the south side of the base.

Firstly, one of the arrivals for the show from yesterday

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Whistling Dart by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

The show started off with a demo from two F-15s of the resident 23 Hikotai, followed by a demonstration by the SAR unit with their UH-60J and U-125.

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Silver Eagles by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

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Blackhawk demo by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

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SAR Demo by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

Then the Blue Impulse

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Blue Impulse by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

After this things got interesting. Two F-15s from the Tactical Fighter Training Squadron and Two F-4s from 301 Hikotai took turns to basically dive on the assembled onlookers on the south side of the base. Brilliant.

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Aggressor demo by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

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Power turn by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

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02-8072 by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

If you look closely, it seems the demo didn't impress everyone... as this buzzard turned his back on the landing Eagle.

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"You really think you rule the skies?" by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

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Rhino Topside by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

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301Sqn Special by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

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40 Years of 301 Hik Rhino ops by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

I'll post more of the full show tomorrow.

Hope people find them of interest.

Cheers
Niall
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Re: Nyutabaru Airshow

Postby DerekF on Sat 30 Nov 2013, 10:14 am

Hope people find them of interest.


Yes, I should say so. There is something about Japanese aircraft, the colours or whatever that makes them very photogenic.
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Re: Nyutabaru Airshow

Postby tankbuster81 on Sat 30 Nov 2013, 10:41 am

They're Blackhawks look mean n moody in that colour! Lovely Eagles ,and the Blue phantom,not too mention The Blue Impulse, any one of them would be welcome at RIAT!!! :rock:
Don't bother running, you'll only die tired!!
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Re: Nyutabaru Airshow

Postby ciaranchef on Sun 01 Dec 2013, 2:37 am

These are just awesome Niall, you caught almost all of them perfectly! A wonderful post, amazing F-4s and F-15 colours, look forward to the display shots from today, Ciaran
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Re: Nyutabaru Airshow

Postby Niallxg on Sun 01 Dec 2013, 12:54 pm

Hi

Firstly thanks all for both looking and commenting.

As promised the following is a brief report and some photos from today's actual show day. Unfortunately, unlike the previous two days, there was significant cloud cover today matching lighting conditions challenging at times. I again decided to stay off base, with the hope that any of the visitors could be photographed on their departure. I think I made the correct choice.

The first official "movement" of the day was the arrival of the US Marine's MV-22B Osprey from Okinawa, shortly after 05:00. This was following at 07:30 by the arrival from Kanoya of a P-3 Orion and SH-60J Sea Hawk, by this time the base was alive to the sound of multiple jet engines running up. At 07:45 four T-4, four F-4 from 301 Hikotai, four F-15s from 23 Hikotai and four from the Aggressor squadron all launched, followed by one of the SAR unit's U-125 and UH-60J. Unfortunately the sun was obscured behind cloud at this time. The T-4s then did a run in before, 12 of the remaining jets - 3 F-4s and 6 F-15s performed a single mass flypast - great way to start a show.

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Nyutabaru 07:45 Alarm Call by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

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Cobra's forked tongue by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

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Opening Flypast by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

The SAR unit kicked off the demonstrations, to the tune of Air Wolf, and were then following by two F-15s for 23 Hik. which again gave a similar display to yesterday. Next it was back to the Rhinos involving 301's special 40th Anniversary ship and a standard F-4. Thankfully the special bird did her turns a little closer to me compared to yesterday.

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301Sqn Phantom Mother Squadron by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

Next up were the aggressor eagles

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Aggressor Eagle by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

The C-1 departed and returned to perform three parachute drops. A second C-1, the third of the weekend, arrived shortly after 11:30

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Para drop by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

Another G-IV arrived shortly after the second C-1 and as the clouds rolled in the flying stopped shortly before 12.

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Mitsubishi F-2A by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

It wasn't until 13:15 that the sound of aircraft filled the air as the Blue Impulse Team started preparations. From taxi to shut down their routine is approximately 55mins. Compared to the previous days, their display was alot tamer and a lot, lot more distance....

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Follow our smoke by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

After the Blue Impulse that was it, although the Osprey, making an appearance as Japan has agreed to become its first export customer, had its engines running for nearly thirty minutes before finally departing. I'm not sure that it went home to Okinawa as it seemed to take up a north east heading.

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Japan's next new toy by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

As mentioned previously, one of the advantages of Japanese shows is that the visiting aircraft generally all depart immediately after the show. So with everyone leaving, we waited for the sun to appear and the visitors to depart. Sadly, the sun wasn't around for the super low departure of the F-2A but it was out for the departure of these beauties.

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Kawasaki O-1 by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

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Bell UH-1J by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

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Japanese Army Cobra by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

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Next stop Iruma by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

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Setting sun on a YS-11 by nxgphotos, on Flickr[/url]

Hope you enjoyed reading and looking through the photos. A great few days and would recommend anyone planning a trip to Japan around this time of year to work around the around show at Nyutabaru.

Cheers for looking.
Niall
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Re: Nyutabaru Airshow

Postby Rickyb77 on Sun 01 Dec 2013, 2:44 pm

Some nice shots there, many thanks for posting these! Love the Japanese schemes on these types :cool:
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Re: Nyutabaru Airshow

Postby ciaranchef on Mon 02 Dec 2013, 6:15 am

Well worth the wait for the show shots, super work Niall. some of the most interesting pics posted for a while, great photography! :clap:
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