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IRUMA JAPAN AIR SELF DEFENSE FORCE BASE FESTIVAL
|Iruma Air Base is located in the north west of Tokyo covering parts of Iruma City and
Sayama City of Saitama Prefecture. Close to the base, Seibu Railroad's
Ikebukuro Line runs and it is 40 to 50 minutes by train to the central
Tokyo. The air base is in charge of air defenses of Tokyo metropolitan
area, Chubu Nagoya area and Osaka with 18 troops and about 4,300 staffs
stationing. Iruma plays an important role of logistics. The base keeps
50 aircrafts mostly for transportation purposes and does not have fighters.
The transport aircrafts here carry about 85,000 personnels a year and fly
supplies of 2,500 tons. The base also has a command of air rescue squadrons
which assist and support people in natural disasters. Before the war, at
the Iruma airfield was the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force Academy and
it was used for trainings.
After the war, U.S. Air Force used the base renaming it as Johnson Air Base. The base was returned to Japan in 1958 to Japan Air Self Defence Force.
Today, Iruma Air Base is known widely among Japanese people as a base where JASDF's aviation team Blue Impulse performs acrobatic flights at the base festival every year on November 3. This year 2016, the festival is the 48th and in 2015, the event attracted 240,000 visitors in one day.
Displayed aircrafts: C-1, U-4, T-4, U-125, YS-11FC, CH-47J, F-15J, F-2, U125A, UH-60J , T-7, T-400, C130H, AH-1S, OH-6, UH-1, SH-60J, C-12, UH-1
Access: Inariyama Koen Station on Seibu Ikebukuro Line
Telephone: 04-2953-6131 (Iruma Base Public Relations)
AVIATION TEAM "BLUE IMPULSE"
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