Hickam Air Force Base

Jet Fighters

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• F-15A "Eagle"
• F-4C "Phantom"
• F-102A "Delta Dagger"
• F-86E "Sabre"

⌈F-15A "Eagle"⌋

F-15A "Eagle" F-15A "Eagle" This F-15A is a single seat all-weather air superiority fighter. This extremely maneuverable aircraft entered the United States Air Force inventory on 14 November 1974, and deployed to PACAF in December 1979 for assignment to the 18 TFW, Kadena AB, Japan in 1987. (←)

The F-15A Eagle replaced the venerable F-4C Phantom at Hickam AFB and assumed the air defense mission for the State of Hawaii. (→)

F-15A "Eagle" F-15A "Eagle" First F-15 was imported into Japan in 1980, and later manufactured under licence by Mitsubishi heavy Industries, which had produced "Zero" fighter during World War 2. (← )

Although more than 30 years have passed since first importation, 202 F-15s (in 2008) have been updated and still play an important role today as a main fighter in Japan Air Self-Defence Force valuing their basic ability highly. (→)

⌈F-4C "Phantom"⌋

F-4C "Phantom" F-4C "Phantom" This F-4C is a multi-role fighter with advanced radar and missile armament. First deployed to PACAF in December 1984. Seven months later, F-4Cs shot down two Mig-17s, marking the first USAF kills of the Vietnam War. (←)

It subsequently operated in the PACAF theater for ten years before flying with the Hawaii Air National Guard's 154th Composite Group at Hickam AFB from July 1980 to November 1986. (→)

F-4C "Phantom" F-4C "Phantom" F-4 is naval fighter with an arresting hook in its tail. (←)

F-4EJ, which is variant type for Japan, was determined to be imported into Japan in 1966. 154 F-4EJ had been imported and later manufactured under licence by Mitsubishi Heavy Industry. They are still flying in Japan but decreasing these days. (→ )

⌈F-102A "Delta Dagger"⌋

F-102A "Delta Dagger" F-102A "Delta Dagger" This F-102A is all-weather interceptor that was a pioneer aircraft in the development of supersonic flight. Delta Daggers served in the Pacific Air Forces from 1959 to 1970 and with the Hawaii Air National Guard from 1961 to 1976.(Left)

The display aircraft is representative of the PACAF F-102s that were deployed to Thailand and South Vietnam during the conflict in Southeast Asia. (→)

F-102A "Delta Dagger" F-102A "Delta Dagger" F-102 was mainly deployed in US Mainland and Japan Air Self-Defence Force didn't acquire it.(←)

After F-106 started to be deployed, some F-102s were moved to US Forces Japan in some air bases such as Yokota, Itazuke, Misawa. (→)

⌈F-86E "Sabre"⌋

F-86E "Sabre" F-86E "Sabre" The single-seat F-86 fighter-bomber was the most famous combat aircraft of its day. The first model flew on 1 October 1947. In the korean war the F-86Es, with their slotted wings and powered "flying tails" were brilliantly flown against the Mig-15s and established marked superiority.(←)

The display aircraft is painted with the markings of the 51st fighter interceptor wing, its unit of assignment during the Krean War. (→)

F-86E "Sabre" F-86E "Sabre" After Imperial Japanese Army had been disorganized at the end of the war, it rebuilt as the Self-Defense Force in 1954. 30 F-86s had been provided by United States in 1955. F-86s were later manufactured under licence by Mitsubishi Heavy Industry. (Left)

435 F-86s were in service at its peak and necknamed "kyokko" menaning light of the sun rise. This first main fighter in Japanese Air Self-Defende Force started to be replaced by F-104J in 1962 and last one was retired in 1982. (→)

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