National Nov 19, 2018

ASDF fighter jet makes emergency landing at U.S. base in Okinawa

An Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighter jet made an emergency landing at the U.S. Air Force's Kadena Air Base in Okinawa Prefecture on Monday morning after a hydraulic system failure was detected, defense officials said. The pilot was not injured in the incident, which the ...

Japan sees first woman qualify as fighter jet pilot

National Aug 24, 2018

Japan sees first woman qualify as fighter jet pilot

1st Lt. Misa Matsushima, 26, has become Japan's first woman to qualify as a fighter jet pilot in the nation's Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF). "My longtime dream has come true. I want to become a fully-fledged pilot, no different from men, as soon as possible," ...

F-15 scramble in Naha interrupts ASDF training demonstration

National Apr 13, 2015

F-15 scramble in Naha interrupts ASDF training demonstration

Two F-15 fighter jets were scrambled Monday from an Air-Self Defense Force base in Okinawa Prefecture as a real mission interrupted a training session that was being held for the media. At the ASDF's Naha base, the pilots and maintenance crew on show dramatically rushed ...