When an anniversary is taking place, the Japanese forces are renowned for applying extra markings on their aircraft, the airshow at Naha in December 2015 was no exception. This time the theme was the establishment of 9 Kokudan (Air Wing)

Naha 13 December 2015,
Reinier Schreurs

Akita (RJSK)

RWY 10/28     POS 39°36'56"N 140°13'07"E     ELEV 313 ft

Command Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing

Akita Kyunantai
Akita Air Rescue Squadron
UH-60J
U-125A

This Akita U-125A is performing the SAR demo at Nyutabaru. The first rescue variant of the U-125, the successor for the Mitsubishi MU-2,was delivered in 1995 and low rate deliveries continued till early May 2011 when 12-3028 was delivered.

Nyutabaru, 5 December 2015,
Internet

The unit or base name is given on the white sticker below the Koku Kyunandan badge.

Internet

The UH-60J in the blue colours unfortunately lack the exact unit or base name below the Koku Kyunandan badge on the cabin doors, therefore not all units in the database will be correct. A visiting UH-60 tends to go in the books as belonging to the local SAR-unit.

Hamamatsu 9 April 2010, Hans Rolink

Ashiya (RJFA)

RWY 12/30     POS 33°52'59"N 130°39'10"E     ELEV 98 ft

Command Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Kyoiku Shudan
Air Training Command

13 Hiko Kyoikudan
13 Flying Training Wing

1 Hikotai T-4
Koku Kyoiku Shudan
Air Training Command


2 Hikotai T-4
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing

Ashiya Kyunantai UH-60J
U-125A

Although shown here in the special 60th anniversary of the JASDF scheme, it is an example to show how the normal red/white colours of 13 Hiko Kyoikudan look like, tail would be red with the blue badge.

Naha 14 December 2014, Reinier Schreurs

Chitose (RJCJ)

RWY 18L/36R, 18R/36L     POS 42°47'40"N 141°39'59"E     ELEV 89 ft

Command/ADF Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Hokubu Koku Homentai
Northern Air Defence Force

2 Kokudan
201 Hikotai F-15J
F-15DJ
T-4
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Hokubu Koku Homentai
Northern Air Defence Force


203 Hikotai F-15J
F-15DJ
T-4
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing

Chitose Kyunantai UH-60J
U-125A
Koku Shien Shudan
Air Support Command

Tokubetsu Koku Yusodai
Special Airlift Group

701 Hikotai B777-300ER
Both B747s are sold and will be parted out.

T-4 201 Hikotai

Hyakuri, 21 April 2010, Menno Teunisse

One of 203 Hikotai's F-15DJs seen landing at Chitose in typical autumn sky and backdrop.

Chitose, 28 October 2014,
Jochem Manders

Fukuoka (RJFF)

RWY 16/34     POS 33°35'12"N 130°27'01"E     ELEV 32ft

Command Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Seibu Koku Homentai
Western Air Defence Force

Seibu Koku Homentai Shireibu Shien Hikotai
W-ADF HQ Support Squadron
T-4
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing

Kasuga Herikoputa Kūyutai
Kasuga Heli Airlift Squadron
CH-47J

The JASDF Air Defence Command or Koku Sotai has divided its airspace geographically into four regions, each one parented by its own Air Defence Force HQ. The Western Air Defence Force Headquarter is located at Kasuga and its HQ Support Flight is at nearby Fukuoka Airport. As many as four T-4s are on strength, so hardly worth a visit by itself, however the military part also hosts a Heli Airlift Squadron with some CH-47Js.

Tsuiki 13 November 2008, Remco Broersma

Besides dedicated rescue helicopters and aircraft the Koku Kyunandan also operates sixteen CH-47J Chinook helicopters. The helos are co-based with the four Air Defence Headquarters Support units at Misawa, Iruma, Kasuga and Naha and provide the JASDF with a VTOL transport capability.

Naha 21 October 2012, Reinier Schreurs

Gifu (RJNG)

RWY 10/28     POS 35°23'39"N 136°52'08"E     ELEV 128 ft

Command Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Kaihatsu Jikken Shudan
Air Development and Test Command

Hiko Kaihatsu Jikken Dan
- C-1/C-1FTB
(X)C-2
F-2A/B
F-15J/DJ
T-4
T-7
Overhaul facilities
Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Kawasaki Gifu Overhaul on:
C-1
C-130H
E-2C
CH-47J
T-4
The ADTW retired the F-4EJ Phantom on 17 March 2021.

C-1FTB Hiko Kaihatsu Jikken Dan

Gifu, 9 April 2010, Menno Teunisse

F-4EJ Kai Hiko Kaihatsu Jikken Dan

Gifu, 9 April 2010, Menno Teunisse

Hamamatsu (RJNH)

RWY 09/27     POS 34°44'58"N 137°42'10"E     ELEV 150 ft

Command Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Kyoiku Shudan
Air Training Command

1 Kokudan
31 Kyoiku Hikotai T-4
Koku Kyoiku Shudan
Air Training Command


32 Kyoiku Hikotai T-4
Koku Kyoiku Shudan
Air Training Command


41 Kyoiku Hikotai T-400
Koku Kyoiku Shudan
Air Training Command

Hiko Kyoiku Kokutai
Air Training Group

1 Jyutsuka Gakko
1st Technical School
Temporary instructional aircraft:
F-2A/B
F-15J
T-4
T-7
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Keikai Kokudan
Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing

602 Hikotai E-767
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing

Hamamatsu Kyunantai UH-60J
U-125A
41 Kyoiku Hikotai beagan its move from Miho to Hamamatsu on 19 April 2021. It is not confirmed it is sub-ordinate to 1 Kokudan.


Keikai Kokutai was upgraded to wing-status as Keikai Kokudan on 26 March 2020.

A pair of 1 Kokudan T-4s landing at homebase Hamamatsu. These examples are on strength of 31 Kyoiku Hikotai, as indicated by the blue line under the black/yellow checkers.

Hamamatsu 20 November 2008, Marcel J. van Bielder

Hofu (RJOF)

RWY 01/19, 12/30     POS 34°02'04"N 131°32'47"E     ELEV 7 ft

Command Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Kyoiku Shudan
Air Training Command

12 Hiko Kyoikudan
12 Flying Training Wing

1 Hikotai T-7
Koku Kyoiku Shudan
Air Training Command


2 Hikotai T-7

T-7 12 Hiko Kyoikudan

Hofu, 13 April 2010, Menno Teunisse

Hyakuri (RJAH)

RWY 03L/21R, 03R/21L     POS 36°10'54"N 140°24'53"E     ELEV 107 ft

Command/ADF Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Chubu Koku Homentai
Central Air Defence Force

7 Kokudan
3 Hikotai F-2A
F-2B
T-4
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing

Hyakuri Kyunantai UH-60J
U-125A
3 Hikotai's move to Hyakuri started on 15 January 2020 and officialy became part of 7 Kokudan on 26 March 2020.
501 Hikotai was disbanded on 26 March 2020.
301 Hikotai was disbanded as an F-4EJ Kai unit on 14 December 2020 and the unit was transferred to 3 Kokudan at Misawa on 15 December, to become the 2nd F-35A unit.

F-2B 3 Hikotai

Misawa, 6 April 2009, Hans Rolink

Iruma (RJTJ)

RWY 17/36     POS 35°50'30"N 139°24'36"E     ELEV 299 ft

Command Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Shien Shudan
Air Support Command

2 Yuso Kokutai
402 Hikotai C-1
U-4
Koku Shien Shudan
Air Support Command

Tokubetsu Koku Yusodai
Special Airlift Group

Hiko Tenkentai
Flight Check Squadron
U-125
U-680A
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Chubu Koku Homentai
Central Air Defence Force

Chubu Koku Homentai Shireibu Shien Hikotai
Central-ADF HQ Support Squadron
T-4
U-4
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Koku Senjyutsu Kyododan
Tactical Air Training Command

Denshi Sakusengun
Electric Warfare Operation Group

Denshisen Shientai
EC-1
YS-11EA
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command


Denshi Hiko Sokuteitai
YS-11EB
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing

Iruma Herikoputa Kūyutai CH-47J
The FCG retired its last YS-11FC on 17 March 2021.

Thirtyone locally developed Kawasaki C-1s were delivered to the JASDF between 1971 and 1981. Once serving three squadrons being 401 Hikotai at Komaki, 402 Hikotai at Iruma and 403 Hikotai at Miho, the type is now only in transport use with 402 Hikotai and numbers are rapidly dwindling.

Nyutabaru, Marcel J. van Bielder

Hiko Tenkentai retired its last YS-11FC on 17 March 2021. It once operated three of these Rolls-Royce Dart powered aircraft.

Atsugi, 19 April 2010, Menno Teunisse

Kanazawa/Komatsu (RJNK)

RWY 06/24     POS 36°23'38"N 136°24'27"E     ELEV 22ft

Command/ADF Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Chubu Koku Homentai
Central Air Defence Force

6 Kokudan
303 Hikotai F-15J
F-15DJ
T-4
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Chubu Koku Homentai
Central Air Defence Force


306 Hikotai F-15J
F-15DJ
T-4
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Koku Senjyutsu Kyododan
Tactical Air Training Command

Hiko Kyodogun
Aggressor Group
F-15J
F-15DJ
T-4
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing

Komatsu Kyunantai UH-60J
U-125A

F-15J 303 Hikotai

Komatsu, 16 April 2010, Menno Teunisse

F-15J 306 Hikotai

Komatsu, 1 November 2009, Dietmar Fenners

T-4 306 Hikotai

Komatsu, 16 April 2010, Menno Teunisse

The aggressors moved from Nyutabaru to Komatsu on 6 June 2016. Normally five or six Eagles are seen active, the remainder on some sort of maintenance.

Nyutabaru, Marcel J. van Bielder

Matsushima (RJST)

RWY 07/25, 15/33     POS 38°24'19"N 141°13'07"E     ELEV 7 ft

Command Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Kyoiku Shudan
Air Training Command

4 Kokudan
11 Hikotai (Blue Impulse) T-4
Koku Kyoiku Shudan
Air Training Command


21 Hikotai F-2B
T-4
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing

Matsushima Kyunantai UH-60J
U-125A
Miho (RJOH)

RWY 07/25     POS 35°29'32"N 133°14'11"E     ELEV 20 ft

Command Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Shien Shudan
Air Support Command

3 Yuso Kokutai
403 Hikotai C-2
Koku Shien Shudan
Air Support Command


405 Hikotai KC-46A on order
First KC-46A is expected June 2021.

T-400 41 Kyoiku Hikotai

Miho, 15 April 2010, Menno Teunisse

Misawa (RJSM)

RWY 10/28     POS 40°42'11"N 141°22'06"E     ELEV 119 ft

Command Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Hokubu Koku Homentai
Northern Air Defence Force

Hokubu Shien Hikohan
Northern HQ Support Flight
T-4
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Hokubu Koku Homentai
Northern Air Defence Force

3 Kokudan
301 Hikotai F-35A
T-4
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Hokubu Koku Homentai
Northern Air Defence Force


302 Hikotai F-35A
T-4
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Keikai Kokudan
Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing

Hiko Keikai Kanshigun
Air Warning Surveillance Group

601 Hikotai E-2C
E-2D
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing

Misawa Herikoputa Kūyutai CH-47J

Teisatsu Kokutai
Air Recce. Group

??? Hikotai RQ-4B on order
301 Hikotai moved to Misawa on 15 December 2020 to become the 2nd F-35A unit.
Teisatsu Kokutai is for the moment the Rinji (=temp) Teisatsu Kokutai.
Keikai Kokutai was upgraded to wing-status as Keikai Kokudan on 26 March 2020.

T-4 Hokubu Shien Hikohan

Misawa, 6 April 2009, Menno Teunisse

From 1983 till 1998 the E-2C Hawkeye was the sole AEW platform in the JASDF. Thirteen aircraft were ordered between 1983 and 1994 initially serving the 601 Hikotai at Misawa before the unit was redesignated into the Hiko Keikai Kanshitai on 31 March 2005. The type has been augmented by four E-767s which entered service in 1998 and 1999 and are based at Hamamatsu. Another unit re-designation occured on 20 April 2014 when the Misawa unit was upgraded to group status with two sub-ordinate units, 601 Hikotai at Misawa and 603 Hikotai at Naha.

Marcel J. van Bielder

The first five F-35As, of which four were produced in the USA at Ft.Worth (TX), operated from Luke AFB (AZ) with Det.2 of 944th OG to train Japanese pilots and groundcrew. All were flown to Japan.

Luke AFB (AZ), 7 March 2017, Frits Jongerman

Nagoya (RJNA)

RWY 16/34     POS 35°15'18"N 136°55'28"E     ELEV 46 ft

Command Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Shien Shudan
Air Support Command

1 Yuso Kokutai
401 Hikotai C-130H
Koku Shien Shudan
Air Support Command


404 Hikotai KC-767
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing

Kyunan Kyoikutai
Rescue Training Squadron
UH-60J
U-125A
Overhaul facilities
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Mitsubishi Komaki Overhaul on:
F-2A/B
F-15J/DJ
UH-60J

The overall blue colours on several C-130Hs of 401 Hikotai is a thing of the past. Even the regular camo is in the proces of being replaced by a camo-pattern with shades of grey, resembling that on the Kawasaki C-2 transporters.

Atsugi, 8 April 2010, Menno Teunisse

Naha (ROAH)

RWY 18/36     POS 26°11'45"N 127°38'45"E     ELEV 12 ft

Command/ADF Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Nansei Koku Homentai
South West Air Defence Force

9 Kokudan
Nansei Shien Hikohan
SW HQ Support Flight
T-4
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Nansei Koku Homentai
South West Air Defence Force


204 Hikotai F-15J
F-15DJ
T-4
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Nansei Koku Homentai
South West Air Defence Force


304 Hikotai F-15J
F-15DJ
T-4
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Keikai Kokudan
Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing

Hiko Keikai Kanshigun
Air Warning Surveillance Group

603 Hikotai E-2C
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing

Naha Herikoputa Kūyutai CH-47J
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command


Naha Kyunantai UH-60J
U-125A
9 Kokudan badges are toned down.
Keikai Kokutai was upgraded to wing-status as Keikai Kokudan on 26 March 2020.

The South West Air Defence Force has its own HQ Support Flight. One of its T-4s is seen here starting up the engines with the flight-crew keeping the hands in the air to ensure the safety of the ground-crew. Note this T-4 is now flying with 204 Hikotai.

Naha 23 January 2011,
Reinier Schreurs

Naha offers a great mix of civil and military traffic. A 204 Hikotai dual F-15DJ taxies in after performing a demo between civil operations. Normal complement for a Hikotai is two or three duals, exceptions being 23 Hikotai at Nyutabaru and Hiko Kyodogun at Komatsu.

Naha,
23 January 2011,
Reinier Schreurs

A pair of 204 Hikotai T-4s departing Naha to begin their demo.

Naha 13 December 2015,
Reinier Schreurs

This 304 Hikotai Eagle is captured at the quay of its former base Tsuiki. The unit moved to Naha in January 2016 and joined 9 Kokudan. All three unit-badges of the Wing's units are toned-down, and therefore hard to recognise from a distance.

Tsuiki 29 October 2009, Tony Roper

603 Hikotai officially has its own squadron badge, however as the aircraft are rotated frequently with the Misawa unit, only the Group badge is carried.

Naha,
Roy Colbers

The Naha SAR unit operates a couple of UH-60Js able to be fitted with a refuelling boom.

Naha, 14 December 2014,
Reinier Schreurs

Niigata (RJSN)

RWY 04/22, 10/28     POS 37°57'20"N 139°06'42"E     ELEV 29 ft

Command Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing

Niigata Kyunantai UH-60J
U-125A
Nyutabaru (RJFN)

RWY 10/28     POS 32°05'01"N 131°27'06"E     ELEV 259 ft

Command/ADF Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Seibu Koku Homentai
Western Air Defence Force

5 Kokudan
305 Hikotai F-15J
F-15DJ
T-4
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Koku Kyunandan
Air Rescue Wing

Nyutabaru Kyunantai UH-60J
U-125A
Koku Kyoiku Shudan
Air Training Command

Hiko Kyoiku Kokutai
Air Training Group

23 Hikotai F-15J
F-15DJ
T-4

Beside the obvious exceptions, being the training units, normally a hikotai has three T-4s for liaison duties.

Hyakuri, Marcel J. van Bielder

Tsuiki (RJFZ)

RWY 07/25     POS 33°41'06"N 131°02'25"E     ELEV 55 ft

Command/ADF Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Seibu Koku Homentai
Western Air Defence Force

8 Kokudan
6 Hikotai F-2A
F-2B
T-4
Koku Sotai
Air Defence Command

Seibu Koku Homentai
Western Air Defence Force


8 Hikotai F-2A
F-2B
T-4

Probably the most famous photo spot at Tsuiki, the quay, where this 6 Hikotai F-2A was captured. 6 Hikotai was the second frontline unit to transition to the F-2, unfortunately withdrawing the Mitsubishi F-1/T-2. In adverse weather conditions, getting the serials of the F-2 can be quite challenging.

Tsuiki 29 October 2009, Tony Roper

8 Hikotai took up residence at Tsuiki during July/August 2016 after almost fourty years Misawa as home-base.

Misawa, 6 April 2009, Menno Teunisse

Utsunomiya (RJTU)

RWY 01/19     POS 36°30'52"N 139°52'15"E     ELEV 334 ft

Miscellaneous Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Overhaul facilities
Fuji Heavy Industries
Fuji Utsunomiya Overhaul on:
T-7
U-125
U-125A

Hiko Tenkentai used to operate three U-125s, as a replacement for their four Mu-2Js. Unfortunately one U-125 crashed on 6 April 2016.

Kanoya, 11 April 2010, Menno Teunisse

Yaizu/Shizuhama (RJNY)

RWY 09/27     POS 34°48'46"N 138°17'53"E     ELEV 23 ft

Command Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Koku Kyoiku Shudan
Air Training Command

11 Hiko Kyoikudan
11 Flying Training Wing

1 Hikotai T-7
Koku Kyoiku Shudan
Air Training Command


2 Hikotai T-7

11 Hiko Kyoikudan or Flying Training Wing was the last unit to fly with the T-3, the predecessor of the T-7,in the training role. Some T-3s kept on flying at Gifu till April 2007.

Shizuhama 20 November 2008, Joost de Bruin

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