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Following the USS Midway, the USS Independence was the second forward-deployed US aircraft carrier in Japan. It was based in Yokosuka during 1991-98.
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I went with a group to tour the USS Independence while it was homeported at Yokosuka. All the planes were gone, flown to Atsugi.
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CV-62 Freedom's Flagship is nicknamed "Indy." Commissioned in 1959.
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Elevator
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Bow and anchor
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Riding on the elevator to the flight deck.
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The elevator is normally used to carry planes up to the flight deck.
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Flight deck of the USS Independence. The island or control tower can be seen.
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Control tower of the Indy.
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Flight deck of the USS Independence.
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Catapult
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We all received a cap.
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Nets along the edge function as a safety net for any crew who has to jump off the flight deck.
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The flight deck is dotted with these lugs used to tie down the planes.
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Fan tail
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Sailor
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Bridge
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Inside the bridge
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Bridge
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"Welcome aboard!"
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Captain's seat. We took turns sitting on it for pictures.
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View of the flight deck from the bridge.
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Bridge windows
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Inside the USS Independence
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Submarine moored in the next berth.
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Sailor
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Hangar below deck. The USS Independence was decommissioned in Sept. 1998.
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This is the USS Midway which I also toured with a group while it was still homeported in Yokosuka during 1973-1991. The first US aircraft carrier to be homeported outside the US.
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Flight deck of the USS Midway.
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USS Midway control tower
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USS Midway flight deck
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There were no planes on the carrier when we visited. They were all at Atsugi. This jet was gutted and used only for ground crew training.
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Elevator on USS Midway
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USS Midway hangar. The ship is now a museum in San Diego, California.
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Hokusai ukiyoe on the tail of a Cessna.
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Nebuta motif even. But no tanabata?? How come?? (See Fussa's Tanabata Festival here.)
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When you walk further down, you see the static displays of miltary aircraft.
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On the left side were mostly helicopters and cargo aircraft.
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On the right side, were mostly fighter planes.
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Besides Yokota, these planes came from various places such as Kadena (Okinawa) and Misawa (Aomori) Air Bases.
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I'm not an expert at military aircraft. I can only tell you the names of the most famous ones.
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F-16 Fighting Falcon
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The pilots or staff were on hand selling patches, T-shirts, etc.
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This one stood out, like a swank sports car. Looks like a fast critter.
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Fightin' Samurai T-shirt
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Pilot's name
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F-15 Eagle fighter
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Fighter pilots always look quite intelligent. A college degree is required.
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This plane, they allowed people to look inside the cockpit. A long line for this.
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Climb up to see the cockpit. "Wow, awesome!"
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F-22 Raptor, the stealth fighter. They had two of them on display. They came from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Next time, I'll ask them what it takes to become a stealth fighter pilot.
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F-22 Raptor, the plane that Japan wants, but US bans its export. As a US and Japanese taxpayer, I paid a part of the cost of all the planes on display. Doesn't that make me a part owner?
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F-22 Raptor, the stealth fighter. I thought the plane was black, but they are dull gray.
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Planes with the familiar red dot belong to Japan's Self-Defense Forces. Japan Air Self Defense Force Mitsubishi F-2 fighter.
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Japan Air Self Defense Force F-4 Phantom
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Most of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force planes took off later in the day. Most of the US planes from outside Yokota left the next day.
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Japan Air Self Defense Force Kawasaki C-1
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P-3 Orion
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AWACS plane
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C-130 on the runway to take off for an airborne demo.
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Three C-130 Hercules cargo planes start to take off one after another for an airborne demo.
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C-130 taking off.
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Some time later, the three C-130 planes dropped several men in parachutes.
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Men in parachutes heading toward Yokota Air Base. They landed on the runway area.
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Parachutes in the air.
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After a job well done, the three C-130s return to Yokota Air Base.
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C-130 landing at Yokota Air Base. Also see my YouTube video here.
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C-130 landing at Yokota Air Base. These planes drew large crowds as they took off and landed. There are many aircraft fans in Japan, photographers crazy about military aircraft.
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On the farthest end of the festival site were the two biggest planes on display. The C-17 Globemaster III (left) and C-5 Galaxy (right).
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C-5 Galaxy transport plane, one of the largest aircraft in the world. One of my favorites.
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C-5 Galaxy transport plane was fully open for public viewing. We could just walk through the plane's cargo hold. No lines of people.
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This C-5 Galaxy came from Travis Air Base in California. Its gaping mouth open for visitors. I like the design of this plane. It's nice.
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This baby can carry a lotta stuff. It can swallow a helicopter whole. Can you believe the C-5 has been in service since 1969? That's 40 years ago! Happy birthday!
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Inside the cargo hold of the C-5 Galaxy cargo plane. Also see my YouTube video here.
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People could also sit and rest inside the C-5 Galaxy.
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Floor of the C-5 Galaxy, dotted with eyelets for hooks or ropes to secure the cargo.
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Exit of the C-5 Galaxy. The plane's openings on both the front and back enables unloading and loading to be done at the same time.
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Inside the C-5 Galaxy, selling T-shirts, "Size does matter."
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The C-5 Galaxy has 28 wheels.
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C-5 Galaxy engine
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Side view of the C-5 Galaxy's front end. The closest thing we have to Thunderbird 2.
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These people are lining up to see the C-5 Galaxy's cockpit on the upper deck.
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Lining up to see the C-5 Galaxy's cockpit on the upper deck. There are some passenger seats as well.
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At the mouth of the plane is this ladder going up the cockpit of the C-5 Galaxy.
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C-5 Galaxy crew
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Next to the C-5 Galaxy was the second largest plane on display: The C-17 Globemaster III. This plane came from Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Front and nose of C-17 Globemaster III
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C-17 Globemaster III
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C-17 Globemaster III
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C-17 Globemaster III and C-5 Galaxy cargo planes
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People also lined up to sit in the cockpit of the C-17 Globemaster III. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to line up and see the cockpit of any of the planes.
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C-17 Globemaster III has only one opening (in the rear) for loading/unloading cargo.
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We could also enter the C-17 Globemaster III from the rear.
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Entering the C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane.
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Inside the C-17 Globemaster III. I could almost smell the Hawaiian air. A few people from Hawaii were inside the plane selling souvenirs, greeting people with "Aloha!"
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Engines of the C-17 Globemaster III.
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Next to the C-17 Globemaster III was this refueling plane called the KC-135 Stratotanker made by Boeing.
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The KC-135 Stratotanker has been in service since 1957.
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People could also enter the KC-135 Stratotanker.
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Young Tigers on the tail of this KC-135 Stratotanker.
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Below the tail is the refueling pipe (with fins) of the KC-135 Stratotanker.
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Entering the KC-135 Stratotanker.
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Sky-colored C-130 of the Japan Air Self-Defence Force.
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We could only peek inside Japan's C-130.
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A long line to enter the C-130 Hercules plane.
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C-130 Hercules.
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C-130 nose
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Girl in yukata kimono posing with military persons in uniform in front of the C-130.
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I wish they had signs in front of each plane so we can identify the plane and know where it came from.
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Torii at Yokota Air Base. I remember that there was a control tower back here. Not there anymore. In fact, I couldn't find the control tower anywhere.
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Torii at Yokota Air Base.
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They should understand that the samurai was a land-based fighter. They never flew in the air.
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Japan Air Self Defense Force, U-125A
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Long lines almost everywhere.
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Now for the helicopters. A bunch of them were on display, including this Huey.
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People lined up to sit in the cockpit of the Huey helicopter.
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Chinook helicopter
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Interesting shape of the rotor blades.
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So what's the difference between a green helo and a blue one (next photo)?
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The green (camoflauge) one is for flying over land, the blue for ocean.
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Trying on pilot's helmets.
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At around 2 pm, they started to clear people away from part of the aircraft display area. Some of the aircraft were to depart. This happens only on the second day of the festival.
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The aircraft started departing at around 3 pm.
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Fighter on the runway.
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Helicopter taking off at Yokota Air Base.
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We were then treated to a series of flybys by planes leaving Yokota Air Base. After each plane took off, they flew by us and did a few airborne tricks.
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Deafening noise, but very dramatic and a great ending to a great friendship festival. Also see my YouTube video here.
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Beechcraft
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U-125A
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Most of the planes leaving Yokota were from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. a nice festival climax, but the festival wouldn't end until night time when fireworks were held.
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The Chinook helicopter going to the runway to take off.
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Chinook helicopter up and away.
     
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