J. David Rogers'
NAF Misawa, Japan
Aerial view of Misawa AFM in Japan, about 400 miles north of Tokyo and
close to the Tsugaru Straits, between Honshu and Hokkaido. It
is a combined joint service installation, operated by the Japanese Air
Defense Forces, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy since the end of the Second
World War. During the Cold War we routinely deployed a patrol
squadron at the Naval Air Facility here.
American F-86 Sabre jet gate guard at Misawa Air Base. F-86Es
stationed here at the outbreak of the Korean War became famous for their
jet-to-jet combat with Soviet-built MiG-15s over North Korea.
Misawa can get pretty cold during winter, even at sea level. Here’s
one of our P-3s sitting outside the NAF hangar following a winter storm.
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