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A dozen F-22 Raptors have arrived in Japan amid tensions in Northeast Asia over North Korea’s nuclear test

The U.S. Air Force has deployed 12 Alaska-based F-22 Raptor multirole jets to Yokota airbase, near Tokyo.

Twelve F-22s belonging to the 525th Fighter Squadron from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, have arrived at Yokota airbase, in western Tokyo, on Jan. 20.

The dozen Raptor stealth fighters will soon be joined by 14 F-16s from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, based at Eielson AFB, Alaska, and will be involved in a previously scheduled joint training in Japan.

Although it’s still not clear whether the aircraft belong to an Air Force Theater Security Package (TSP), their presence in the region will also “promote” stability amid growing tensions in the Asia-Pacific theater following North Korea’s nuclear test on Jan. 6 and the election of a pro-independence president in Taiwan.

F-22s often deploy to Japan since the USAF has started rotating fighters to Pacific Command bases in March 2004 “to maintain a prudent deterrent against threats to regional security and stability.”

However, the stealth jets usually deploy to Kadena airbase, in Okinawa, home of the 18th Wing, the largest combat wing in the U.S. Air Force composed by F-15s, E-3s AWACS, KC-135s and HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters.

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U.S. base in Japan launches all its planes. And these are the coolest images.

On Oct. 22, Yokota airbase in Japan, launched all its aircraft as part of a large formation mission. C-130 Hercules, UH-1 Hueys, and C-12 Hurons took off to show the installation‘s ability to provide support as the primary airlift hub for the Western Pacific theater.


Ten C-130H Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron participated in a training sortie that tested Yokota’s ability to perform large-force employment and tactics.

C-130 night

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[Photo] Six C-130 Hercules aircraft practice large formation airlift tactics and procedures

On Feb. 21, 2013, a formation of six C-130 Hercules from Yokota Air Base, Japan participated in a mission whose aim was to practice  large formation airlift tactics and procedures.

In the image below, the aircraft perform a so-called Elephant Walk, taxiing in sequence for the active runway.

C-130 Elephant Walk

The following photograph shows the Hercules airlifters of the 374th Airlift Wing leaving smoke trails in the skies over Yokota.

Smokey C-130s

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A Yokota based U.S. C-130 was tailed by Chinese J-7 and J-10 fighters as it reached the airspace close to the border between China and Japan on Jan. 10, 2013.

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Cool video lets you join a C-130 plane on a Christmas Drop mission to airdrop aid to remote islands in Micronesia

The following video was recorded on Dec. 14, from a C-130 with the  36th Airlift Squadron from Yokota Air Base, Japan, as the cargo plane (departed from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam) delivered humanitarian aid boxes to six locations in the Federated States of Micronesia as part of Operation Christmas Drop 2012.

Noteworthy, wheareas most of the boxes land on sort-of WWII airport’s runways, some are air dropped into the water making it a bit difficult to pick up.

Each year Operation Christamas Drop provides aid to more than 30,000 islanders in Chuuk, Palau, Yap, Marshall Islands and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

This year is the 61st anniversary of OCD, making it the longest running humanitarian mission in the world. Started on Dec. 10, in total, there are eight planned days of air drops, with 54 islands scheduled to receive humanitarian aid.

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Photo: Fireworks burst over C-130 Hercules planes at Yokota Air Base during July 4th celebration

Fireworks burst over Yokota Air Base, Japan, during Jul. 4th 2012 celebrations.

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