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Japanese Texan by rlkitterman
Japanese Texan
From 1955 to 1969, the main pilot trainer for the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) was the North American T-6 Texan, which was already twenty years old when the JASDF was established.  This was the same trainer that trained thousands of Allied pilots who shot down the imperial air forces in World War II, and during the Cold War it was used to familiarize JASDF pilots with the controls of the F-86 Sabre jet fighter.  Painted in trainer yellow, this T-6G is on display at the Tokorozawa Aviation Museum.

PS: The T-6 is known by three names: Texan (U.S. Army Air Force), SNJ (U.S. Navy), and Harvard (British Commonwealth).
Dive! Dive! Dive! by rlkitterman
Dive! Dive! Dive!
To get from Shizuoka Station to the Higashi-Shizuoka depot and vice versa, trains such as this 373-series Fujikawa Express must take a low-level track that goes under the Tokaido Main Line, station approach tracks, and Shinkansen high-speed line.  My first thought when I saw this was the old submarine command: "Dive!  Dive!  Dive!"
Major Foust's Cornfield Bomber by rlkitterman
Major Foust's Cornfield Bomber
In most instances of pilot ejection, the pilot lands and survives, while the aircraft is destroyed upon landing.  It is quite rare for both aircraft and pilot to land in good shape, but that happened on February 2, 1970.  The 71st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron was practicing aerial combat maneuvers near Malmstrom AFB (Great Falls, Montana) using Convair F-106 Delta Dart fighters.  These delta-winged "lawn darts" were electronically-guided supersonic interceptors armed with a Genie nuclear missile and four standard air-to-air missiles.  One pilot, Major Gary Foust, found his F-106A in an unrecoverable flat spin.  He set the throttle to idle and deployed the drag chute, but nothing worked, so he ejected at the behest of his wingman.  As the aircraft suddenly became lighter with a new center of gravity, it righted itself, prompting another pilot to tell Maj. Foust "You'd better get back in it!"  The aircraft then performed a slow belly landing on a wheat field near Big Sandy, while Maj. Foust landed in the mountains and had to be rescued by locals on snowmobiles.

When the Chouteau County sheriff arrived to inspect the damage, he was surprised to see the jet engine was still on and idling, causing the aircraft to slowly creep forward.  The fighter later ran out of fuel and was removed from the field and taken by train to McClellan AFB (Sacramento, California) for repairs.  Both aircraft and pilot soon returned to military service; Maj. Foust retired and the F-106A flew with the 49th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron until 1986.  By then nicknamed the "Cornfield Bomber," Maj. Foust's F-106A, which gave a new meaning to the aircraft's nickname of "lawn dart," was donated to the National Museum of the United States Air Force (Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio).   This is far from the only U.S. Air Force plane to have landed in unusual circumstances, as a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber once flew over the West for several hours and made a safe landing despite having had its tailfin sheared off in a windstorm.
Leaving Shimizu for Gotemba by rlkitterman
Leaving Shimizu for Gotemba
Last night, I took a fairly late commuter train from my school in Shizuoka back home to Shimizu.  I got this picture of the electric train pulling out of Shimizu on its way to Gotemba, a city east of here at the foot of Mount Fuji.
It's been six months since I arrived in Shizuoka, and I've found myself adapting more and more to living and working in Japan as time goes by.  This spring, I am looking forward to revisiting Tokyo and Yokohama, and possibly the Oigawa Railway.  I would also like to visit some new places such as Hiroshima and Osaka later in the spring or summer.  Anywhere else in Japan you'd recommend visiting?  I will also keep working on my model railway project, time and money permitting, with an eye toward expanding the shunting operations and running more freight trains.  I am also saving up for a couple of trips abroad later this year, which I will reveal in the future.
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Hedwig's Theme by John Williams
  • Reading: A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  • Watching: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
  • Playing: ...with trains
  • Eating: Spaghetti bolognese
  • Drinking: Red wine


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