Atsugi Updates - 25th Feb

Atsugi Updates - 25th Feb

Postby leonardm on Sat 27 Feb 2010, 10:32 am

Hi All

Last Thursday I spent the day at Atsugi. All accounts a good day - great variety and nice selection of new hardware.

Lucky to get visiting P3 from almost all the Japan squadrons. The "5" on the tail shows this one comes all the way from Naha Okinawa.

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Happy to catch the XP-1 - first time I have seen it move.....

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New residents VFA-115 Eagles have now painted their cag bird with new markings. Instead of the modex number it has "EFR!" on the top of the tails which is reported to stand for "Eagles Forever Rule !" ?

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(see old markings here on Dec 23rd) http://i402.photobucket.com/albums/pp10 ... 63_800.jpg

VFA-102 are busy flying their new block 2 Hornets.

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VAW-115 are about to exchange their E-2s with VAW-117 which is currently around Hong Kong. This VAW-115 E-2 already has new markings VAW-117 "USS Nimitz"

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thanks all
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Re: Atsugi Updates - 25th Feb

Postby IanH on Sat 27 Feb 2010, 10:42 am

Excellent set indeed. The Jet with bumps is particularly splendid.

Regards, Ian
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Re: Atsugi Updates - 25th Feb

Postby Tug 747 on Sat 27 Feb 2010, 11:27 am

Very nice catches you have there shots 2 & 3 looks very much like a HS748 and what is the XP-1 derived from or is it a brand new design.

Thanks for sharing :clap: :clap:

Doug
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Re: Atsugi Updates - 25th Feb

Postby raiford on Sat 27 Feb 2010, 12:42 pm

the HS748 lookalike is a YS-11, and the XP-1 is a brand new design. :smile:
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Re: Atsugi Updates - 25th Feb

Postby Tug 747 on Sat 27 Feb 2010, 2:09 pm

Thanks for the info

Doug
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Re: Atsugi Updates - 25th Feb

Postby elderforest on Sat 27 Feb 2010, 3:03 pm

XP-1 is a great catch Michael :clap: :cool:
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Re: Atsugi Updates - 25th Feb

Postby Mad Dan on Sat 27 Feb 2010, 4:39 pm

Re the P-1 - nice shot, btw - I think you will find this is the first production example and thus a P-1 rather than an XP-1. The only XP-1 is 5501, which features a much more jazzy colour scheme, whereas this is in what is probably going to be the operational finish. FYI, four production P-1s were funded in the FY08 budget, presumably 5502 to 5505. Love that Prowler as well...
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Re: Atsugi Updates - 25th Feb

Postby soundbarrier on Sun 28 Feb 2010, 9:30 am

Great Day, Great shots !!!. :cool: I love the E-2 picture, great light :drool:
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Re: Atsugi Updates - 25th Feb

Postby DeanW on Sun 28 Feb 2010, 9:42 am

That P-1 is amazing, like a really ugly duck or something. Great images too!
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Re: Atsugi Updates - 25th Feb

Postby MikeH on Sun 28 Feb 2010, 10:27 am

Nice diverse set Michael. Great catch on the XP-1 :clap:
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Re: Atsugi Updates - 25th Feb

Postby SamP on Mon 01 Mar 2010, 7:49 pm

Fantastic taste of Japan, love the Hercules, Hawkeye & especially the P-1! :drool: Thanks for these :clap: :clap:
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Re: Atsugi Updates - 25th Feb

Postby fmansam on Tue 02 Mar 2010, 9:14 pm

OUTSTANDING SIR! :yahoo: :rock: :clap: :clap: :yahoo:
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