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Hamamatsu Open House  2003


One of our members visited the Hamamatsu 2003 open house and noted a few things, amongst them the large crowd out at 8AM, the far better than expected weather (many carrying umbrella's needed them for the sun instead of the forecasted rain and mist) and the very short and patchy flying program.
 

66-5742 T-4 1 Kokudan
2412123 F-2A 1 Jyutsuka Gakko
52-8856 F-15J 1 Jyutsuka Gakko
16-5660 T-4 1 Kokudan Hangar 3
64-3501 E-767 601 Hikotai 20 ERW
36-5812 T-4 13 Hiko Kyoikudan
1323275 T-3 11 Hiko Kyoikudan
41-5055 T-400 41 Kyoiku Hikotai
58-4563 UH-60J Hamamatsu Kyunantai
94-4850 KV-107 Hamamatsu Kyunantai
27-4881 CH-47J Iruma Herikoputa Kuyutai
31270 OH-6D 4 Taisensha
73412 AH-1S 4 Taisensha
92-3010 U-125A Ashiya Kyunantai
29-5102 XT-2 Hiko Kaihatsu Jikkendan
47-6901 RF-4EJ 501 Hikotai
163730/WD-01 F/A-18C VFMA-212 Special c/s
163751/WD-07 F/A-18C VFMA-212
68-1019 C-1 402 Hikotai
45-1074 C-130H 401 Hikotai
75-3251 U-4 402 Hikotai
54-3457 E-2C 601 Hikotai 50 years JASDF
46-5725/1 T-4 11 Hikotai  Blue Impulse
46-5726/2 T-4 11 Hikotai  Blue Impulse
46-5729/3 T-4 11 Hikotai  Blue Impulse
46-5728/4 T-4 11 Hikotai  Blue Impulse
46-5730/5 T-4 11 Hikotai  Blue Impulse
26-5805/6 T-4 11 Hikotai  Blue Impulse
46-5731/- T-4 11 Hikotai  Blue Impulse
1 Kokudan Flight line
66-5767 T-4 1 Kokudan
56-5750 T-4 1 Kokudan
96-5613 T-4 1 Kokudan flying
96-5617 T-4 1 Kokudan flying
26-5675 T-4 1 Kokudan flying
36-5709 T-4 1 Kokudan flying
46-5721 T-4 1 Kokudan flying
66-5743 T-4 1 Kokudan flying
76-5755 T-4 1 Kokudan flying
1418390 T-4 1 Kokudan flying
66-5747 T-4 1 Kokudan flying
96-5780 T-4 1 Kokudan flying
36-5696 T-4 1 Kokudan flying
96-5616 T-4 1 Kokudan flying
26-5676 T-4 1 Kokudan flying
86-5608 T-4 1 Kokudan flying
96-5614 T-4 1 Kokudan flying
76-5756 T-4 1 Kokudan flying
36-5706 T-4 1 Kokudan flying
66-5744 T-4 1 Kokudan flying
1418025 T-4 1 Kokudan flying
Flightline south
36-5704 T-4 303 Hikotai
76-5759 T-4 13 Hiko Kyoikudan temp based
76-5758 T-4 13 Hiko Kyoikudan temp based
26-5808 T-4 13 Hiko Kyoikudan temp based
16-5802 T-4 13 Hiko Kyoikudan temp based
26-5806 T-4 13 Hiko Kyoikudan temp based
North side - stored
72-5254 T-33A
61-5207 T-33A
52-0074 T-6G
nn T-1A
North side - relocated for air show
11X T-4 13 Hiko Kyoikudan temp based
14x T-4 1 Kokudan
Northside
84-4818 KV-107 IIA-2 Hamamatsu Kyunantai
74-4843 KV-107 IIA-2 Hamamatsu Kyunantai flying
,, MU-2S Hamamatsu Kyunantai flying
84-3504 E-767 601 Hikotai
74-3503 E-767 601 Hikotai flying
Flying program - not based
F-15J 2x flying
XF-2B Gifu flying - prototype

Since about two years, crowds are also invited to the  south

side of the field and although there are no (static) aircraft on display, the sun is in the back which makes for far better photo opportunities than the north side, where the static is located.

At a Japanese air show, never be surprised at the local enthusiasts carrying anything but the largest stick (500-1200 mm) on the latest digital bodies, most carrying two each, inevitably accompanied by a stepladder. For the creative

taller European this presents no problem, since in the friendly open atmosphere there is always room to pass and make the shots one needs.
 

Anyway, on to the flying program. With the local E-767 doing the best they are allowed, radome turning on top, the program opens at 9AM. After a while, two F-15's showed up, doing a few uninspired passes and climbs, before the red/white Gifu based XF-2B was allowed in. This one made a very good impression.

 

Afterwards a rescue show was put on by the local KV-107/MU-2 pair and the highlight of the morning display was the 19 local T-4's taking off, returning later as a 16 ship box formation, with several pairs and another 8 doing some other trick. The afternoon program consisted of Blue Impulse and no more.

 
 
 


 
 

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