Located some 85 km north-east of the Tokyo Metropolis in the city of Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture, the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF)'s Hyakuri Air Base provides air protection for the nation's capital. The base is home to 7 Kokudan (7th Air Wing), with 2 operational hikotai (squadron/s): 302 Hikotai and 305 Hikotai flying the F-4EJ Kai and F-15J/DJ respectively. Other JASDF hikotai in residence at Hyakuri include the 501 Hikotai with its recce RF-4E/EJ Kai, and the Hyakuri Kyunantai (Air Rescue Squadron) providing search and rescue services with its UH-60J and U-125A.
With 2 of the 3 remaining hikotai operating the venerable F-4 Phantom IIs based at Hyakuri, the air base is somewhat considered a 'Mecca' for Phantom operations and is popular with aviation enthusiasts hoping to catch a sight of the Japanese Phantoms before their eventual retirement.
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