Iruma Airbase, Japan 27/11/2018

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Iruma Airbase, Japan 27/11/2018

Thu 13 Dec 2018, 9:46 pm

While I was in Japan we were able to spend the afternoon at the JASDF base in Iruma, we were blessed with glorious sunshine after a cold and grey morning. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see any heavy transports, but we did get a few other aircraft types - though mainly T-4s!

Here's a selection....

May as well start with the Kawasaki T-4s

ImageKawasaki T-4 - 02 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageKawasaki T-4 - 41 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageKawasaki T-4 - 69 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageKawasaki T-4 - 75 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageKawasaki T-4 - 86 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageKawasaki T-4 - 88 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageKawasaki T-4 - 15 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageKawasaki T-4 - 79 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageKawasaki T-4 - 81 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageKawasaki T-4 and CH-47J Chinook - 01 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

We were also lucky enough to get a CH-47 pilot practicing his close in manoeuvering.

ImageKawasaki CH-47J Chinook - 25 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageKawasaki CH-47J Chinook - 22 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageKawasaki CH-47J Chinook - 17 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

and a nice little wave

ImageKawasaki CH-47J Chinook - 11 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

The highlights for me though were the EC-1 and YS-11EB :smile:

ImageKawasaki EC-1 - 03 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageKawasaki EC-1 - 09 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageKawasaki EC-1 - 11 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageNAMC YS-11EB - 09 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageNAMC YS-11EB - 03 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

ImageNAMC YS-11EB - 14 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

and one shot after the sun had set...

ImageNAMC YS-11EB - 17 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr


Thanks for looking! :wave:

Re: Iruma Airbase, Japan 27/11/2018

Thu 13 Dec 2018, 10:17 pm

Those Chinook shots are incredible, bud. The subject, the colours, the rarety, the light, the composition...

Y'know, they might be amongst my favourite photos of a Chinook I've seen. Certainly for a number of years.

Re: Iruma Airbase, Japan 27/11/2018

Thu 13 Dec 2018, 10:30 pm

The EC-1 has got to be one of the most beautifully ugly aircraft out there. :grin:

Cracking shots Nick. :up:

Re: Iruma Airbase, Japan 27/11/2018

Thu 13 Dec 2018, 10:39 pm

Tommy wrote:Those Chinook shots are incredible, bud. The subject, the colours, the rarety, the light, the composition...

Y'know, they might be amongst my favourite photos of a Chinook I've seen. Certainly for a number of years.


Thanks Tom, it was certainly a bonus that we weren't expecting, it was hard to go wrong photography wise - great light, autumnal colours, and a camo Chinook! :cool:

Tmyers123 wrote:The EC-1 has got to be one of the most beautifully ugly aircraft out there. :grin:

Cracking shots Nick. :up:


Thanks, it's certainly not a looker, but it's also not grey - so that's a thumbs up in my book. :smile:

Re: Iruma Airbase, Japan 27/11/2018

Fri 14 Dec 2018, 7:40 am

Damn, cracking shots!
Chinook pics are outstanding! Wish I was so lucky in Gifu and Hyakuri... we had bad luck seeing only few machines per day...

Re: Iruma Airbase, Japan 27/11/2018

Fri 14 Dec 2018, 11:12 am

Draken wrote:Damn, cracking shots!
Chinook pics are outstanding! Wish I was so lucky in Gifu and Hyakuri... we had bad luck seeing only few machines per day...


Thanks Tom :up:

I'm surprised you didn't have much luck at Hyakuri, it seemed like a fairly active air base while we were there?

Re: Iruma Airbase, Japan 27/11/2018

Sat 15 Dec 2018, 9:46 am

Yeah... being there 2 days we had only 5-6 Phantom movements a day and few T-4s...

Re: Iruma Airbase, Japan 27/11/2018

Fri 21 Dec 2018, 9:20 pm

Got to say that for anyone who complains about the 7DII, these show what the camera and decent lens can do. Great clarity helped by some very nice lighting conditions. We had a lot more haze and also overcast with some rain. We had a day at Hyakuri with no Phantoms at all due to lightning in their operating area.

Re: Iruma Airbase, Japan 27/11/2018

Fri 21 Dec 2018, 9:28 pm

Got to say that for anyone who complains about the 7DII, these show what the camera and decent lens can do. Great clarity helped by some very nice lighting conditions. We had a lot more haze and also overcast with some rain. We had a day at Hyakuri with no Phantoms at all due to lightning in their operating area.
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