T-4s A’plenty

Hyakuri might be a base for Phantoms but it also comes with a ton of Kawasaki T-4s.  The JASDF allocate T-4s to the squadrons to provide utility and training so you see a few of them on each of the ramps in squadron markings.  I think this was the first time I had seen a T-4 for real.  Having seen so many images of them over the years, I felt like I must have seen them but I don’t think I have.  It is an interesting looking jet.  A lot of similarity to the configuration of the Alpha Jet with a high wing and twin engines.  It seemed to have a reasonable level of performance.  Interestingly, they taxied with the canopy open which is something I don’t think I have ever seen done with the Hawk.  Maybe the air conditioning isn’t great on the ground or maybe they just like it!

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