Last JASDF Recce Phantoms will retire at the end of 2019

The RF-4 Phantom, a reconnaissance version from the famous jet, will be retired more than 40 years of service from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (航空自衛隊 Kōkū Jieitai). 501 Hikotai (Squadron) at Hyakuri/Ibaraki Airport is the only unit which operates the recce version, and Hyakuri is the only air base in japan where the last Phantoms – including the F-4EJ and the RF-4EJ. Knowing how a type is retired in Japan a big open day celebration will very possibly happen.

Main photo Kei Nishimura

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