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Hyakuri Air Base Open Day and F-4 Phantom Showcase

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An air base open day was held on 2 December 2018 at Hyakuri Air Base (RJAH) in Ibaraki Prefecture, marking the start of the transition of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (Koku Jeitai or JASDF) from the McDonnell Douglas (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries construction-built) F-4 Phantom II to the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II, with the 302nd Hikotai (Tactical Fighter Squadron) planned to stand its phantoms down in February, 2019.

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DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM

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Ten miles South of Omaha Nebraska, adjacent to the city of Bellevue Nebraska, one will find Offutt Air Force Base. Offutt has a very rich history dating back to the late 1890’s when Fort Crook was constructed, as a matter of fact many of the original structures are still in use today. In 1918 flying came to Fort Crook in the shape of balloons operated by the United States Army Air Corps. May 6th 1924, the flying portion of Fort Crook was renamed in honor of 1st Lt. Jarvis Offutt. Lt. Offutt was Omaha’s first World War I air casualty, when he died in 1918 from injuries sustained in a training accident in France. In 1940 Offutt was chosen as a location for a bomber plant to be operated by the Glenn L. Martin Company. 531 B-29 Superfortresses would be built here including the B-29’s that would drop Atomic Bombs, Enola Gay and Bockscar. The newly formed United States Air Force would assume command of the base in 1947 and would become the headquarters for the next 40 years of the Strategic Air Command (SAC). In 1992 the Strategic Air Command would be disbanded and the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) formed at Offutt. Today Offutt’s single 11,703 ft long runway 12/30 is home to the 55th Wing and the 595th Command and Control Group.

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Looking Back at my 2018

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Aviation is alive and well, as I witnessed during my travels in 2018. Innovations are still forthcoming, history is still revered, and air shows and other presentations still draw large crowds. I traveled outside the U.S. for a pair of air shows this year, and attended 6 other trade, convention and air show events within America.

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Reno, Nevada’s National Championship Air Races Through Tim Adams’ Eyes

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Here's a look at some of the sights at the 2018 National Championship Air Races, held at Stead Airport in Reno Nevada... as seen through the eyes of photographer Tim Adams. Read more »