Sayonara Nordholz!

Sayonara Nordholz!

Postby BigClick67 on Fri 27 Apr 2018, 6:21 am

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw two Japanese Navy (JMSDF) Kawasaki P-1As dropping into Naval Air Station Nordholz last sunday noon! Well, it´s ILA-week and that always brings a couple of interesting aircraft to Germany, and these two gems are part of the ILA line-up this year. But before going to Berlin they paid a visit to their German colleagues of Marinefliegergeschwader 3 and flew both aircraft on a local mission on Monday morning. That was my chance to catch these aircraft in action and as you can see from the images below I was rather successful.
The aircraft are coming from two different units as you can see from the small tail code „3“ and „51“ respectively above the serial, #5503 belongs to 31.Kokugun (31st Air Wing), 51.Kokutai (51st Air Squadron) which is the (X)P-1 trials unit, and #5508 to 4.Kokugun, 3.Kokutai, both squadrons based at NAS Atsugi.
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A few locals were also noted, including
#16 Do-228LM 57+04 returning from the morning pollution control mission:
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#17 to #20 Sea King Mk.41 89+53 from MFG5 working the Nordholz pattern all day
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#21 Lynx Mk.88 83+07 lifting for a local sortie
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and yet another surprise visitor: RDAF F-16BM ET-199 from the Skrydstrup Fighter Wing came along for a low approach:
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I hope these are of interest - cheers for looking!
Chris :biggrin:
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Re: Sayonara Nordholz!

Postby sovietjet on Mon 30 Apr 2018, 5:32 pm

Quality aircraft over quantity!
Ivan Voukadinov
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Re: Sayonara Nordholz!

Postby ikarus on Mon 30 Apr 2018, 7:07 pm

Superb catch :clap:

Well I still think those P-1's would have looked great with RAF Roundels after seeing them at Fairford a few years back !
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Re: Sayonara Nordholz!

Postby XP282 on Mon 30 Apr 2018, 10:01 pm

ikarus wrote:Superb catch :clap:

Well I still think those P-1's would have looked great with RAF Roundels after seeing them at Fairford a few years back !


I was thinking exactly the same thing!
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Re: Sayonara Nordholz!

Postby lynothehammer on Tue 01 May 2018, 5:38 pm

The P1 really is a great looking aircraft... nice photos...
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Re: Sayonara Nordholz!

Postby jp 74 on Wed 02 May 2018, 6:44 am

XP282 wrote:
ikarus wrote:Superb catch :clap:

Well I still think those P-1's would have looked great with RAF Roundels after seeing them at Fairford a few years back !


I was thinking exactly the same thing!

Maybe it will look great in German roundels too....
jp 74

Re: Sayonara Nordholz!

Postby st24 on Wed 02 May 2018, 10:36 am

jp 74 wrote:
XP282 wrote:
ikarus wrote:Superb catch :clap:

Well I still think those P-1's would have looked great with RAF Roundels after seeing them at Fairford a few years back !


I was thinking exactly the same thing!

Maybe it will look great in German roundels too....

I think the Germans use a cross!!!

I love these birds, really quirky looking with a DC-8/P-3 mash up feel about them.
Disappointing unit "markings" though, be nice to get some good old Japanese colourful stylised jobs on the fins.. Great shots.
You caaan't trust the system... Maaan!
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Re: Sayonara Nordholz!

Postby BigClick67 on Wed 02 May 2018, 2:18 pm

st24 wrote:
jp 74 wrote:
XP282 wrote:
ikarus wrote:Superb catch :clap:

Well I still think those P-1's would have looked great with RAF Roundels after seeing them at Fairford a few years back !


I was thinking exactly the same thing!

Maybe it will look great in German roundels too....

I think the Germans use a cross!!!

Yes, you are right! And I could easily get used to that! :lol:
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Cheers,
Chris :biggrin:
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Re: Sayonara Nordholz!

Postby CJS on Wed 02 May 2018, 2:49 pm

Super photos, the P-1 looks great doesn't it!

Is it me (probable) or do they have more 'hanging off' them than when they come to RIAT? Maybe they weren't JMSDF aircraft which attended, rather 'clean' examples from Kawasaki? but I remember them with less knobbly bits - if you'll excuse my technical jargon - than in these pics.
"Forewarned is forearmed"
How do you know I didn't?
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Re: Sayonara Nordholz!

Postby harkins on Wed 02 May 2018, 10:26 pm

Just quickly looked at my couple of photos on my Flickr and they look the same to me. I'd love to see these here again but with our P8 purchase I can't see Kawasaki sending them here ever again. Shame as I'd take them over a 737 any day. Best hope is that Germany buy some but I guess they'll go P8 as well.
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