So Long, Samurai: Japan Bids Farewell To Its Final Frontline Phantoms
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November 20, 2020 - Thomas Newdick for www.thedrive.com
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force has retired its last frontline F-4 Phantom fighter jets as more F-35s wait in the wings.
After 48 years, Japan's days of flying F-4 Phantom II fighters flying in a combat role formally came to an end today, marked by a send-off event for the jets.
The aircraft were from 301 Hikotai, the country's Japan's last combat unit equipped with the type, and the remaining F-4EJs will, in the future, only be flown by the country's Air Development and Test Wing.
The ceremony to mark the end of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) operating the F-4EJ took place at...
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