Friday, October 31, 2014

Ben's Tokyo Trip Part 2, Yakota Air Base

Yakota Air Base is a busy place. There are flights of V-22 Ospreys, C-130 Hercules, C-17 Globemasters, C-5 Galaxys, UH-1 "Huey's" and various transient military aircraft, helicopters, charter airlines, and of course the Cessna T-41 Mescalero (172 H's and 172 M's) we are working on operating from the base. While we work, there is constant activity at the airfield. Before and during WWII it was a Japanese Base that was used for aircraft testing and due to several circumstances was spared being bombed into oblivion. It is again now owned by the Japanese Defensive Force, but operated as a US Air Force base. You can read more about it here:
 It is not uncommon to have C-130's dropping para-troopers and cargo in front of our hangar while we work
Or C-5's loaded with people, troops, and cargo coming in and out. They are so massive the ground shakes as the take off and land. Our hangar is near the explosives/dangerous cargo and ordinance depot area. Here is a C-5 that was just loaded near us then taxiing and taking off:

Here is where we are working and the Cessnas we are installing the avionics in

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