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Encyclopedia > Yokota Air Base
Yokota Air Base
IATA: OKO - ICAO: ROKO
Summary
Airport type military
Elevation AMSL 463 ft (141 m)
Coordinates 35°44′55″N, 139°20′55″E
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 11,000 3,352 Paved

Yokota Air Base (横田空軍基地 Yokota Kūgun Kichi?), (IATA: OKO, ICAO: ROKO) is a United States Air Force base located in the city of Fussa and surrounding communities in Tokyo, Japan. Image File history File links Yokota_Community_Center. ... An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier, IATA station code or simply a location identifier [1], is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). ... The ICAO (IPA pronunciation: ) airport code or location indicator is a four-letter alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world. ... The term above mean sea level (AMSL) refers to the elevation (on the ground) or altitude (in the air) of any object, relative to the average sea level. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The metre (American English:meter) is a measure of length. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The metre (American English:meter) is a measure of length. ... An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier, IATA station code or simply a location identifier [1], is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). ... The ICAO (IPA pronunciation: ) airport code or location indicator is a four-letter alphanumeric code designating each airport around the world. ... The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. ... Fussa (福生市; -shi) is a city located in Tokyo, Japan. ...   , literally Eastern capital) is a unique subnational administrative region of Japan with characteristics of both a prefecture and a city. ...


The base houses 14,000 personnel. The base occupies a total area of 136,413 m² and has a 3,350 m runway. Among its facilities are the broadcast center for the American Forces Network Tokyo radio service and a detachment of PACAF's Band of the Pacific. American Forces Network (or AFN) is the brand name used by the United States Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) for its entertainment and command internal information networks worldwide. ... Emblem of the U.S. Air Forces Pacific The United States Pacific Air Forces (USPACAF or PACAF) is one of nine major U.S. Air Force commands and one of two located outside the continental United States, the other being U.S. Air Forces Europe. ...

Contents

Units

The host unit at Yokota is the 374th Airlift Wing and is currently used for airlift missions throughout East Asia. The 374th includes four groups: operations, mission support, maintenance and medical. Each group manages a various number of squadrons in order to carry out the wing's mission. The 374th Airlift Wing is a USAF C-130E/H unit located Yokota Air Base, Japan. ... East Asia Geographic East Asia. ...

  • 374th Operations Group (Tail Code: YJ)
    The 374th Operations Group maintains a forward presence by providing rapid responsive movement of personnel, equipment and operational support in the Asia-Pacific region. The group consists of:
    • 374th Operations Support Squadron
    • 36th Airlift Squadron ((Lockheed C-130E Hercules)
    • 459th Airlift Squadron (Bell UH-1N Iroquois (Huey)), (C-21A Learjet)

It is not uncommon to see a C-5, KC-10, DC-8, C-17, L-100, ATA L-1011's and cargo 747's on the Transient Aircraft ramp. The Lockheed C-130 Hercules, a four-engine turboprop aircraft, is the main tactical air transport aircraft of the United States and UK military forces. ... The Bell UH-1 Iroquois, commonly known as the Huey, was a multipurpose military helicopter, famous for its use in the Vietnam war. ... The C-21 is a twin turbofan engine aircraft used for cargo and passenger airlift. ... The C-5 Galaxy is one of the largest aircraft in the world. ... The KC-10 Extender is a tanker aircraft in service with the US Air Force. ... The Douglas DC-8 is a four-engined jet airliner, manufactured between 1959 and 1972. ... The C_17 Globemaster III is a strategic airlifter manufactured by Boeing IDS, used by the United States Air Force and the Royal Air Force. ... The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop cargo aircraft and the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. ... Orbital Sciences Stargazer Lockheed L-1011 The Lockheed L-1011 TriStar was the third widebody passenger jet airliner to reach the marketplace, following the Boeing 747 jumbo jet and the Douglas DC-10. ... Events Abu Muslim unites the Abbasid Empire against the Umayyads. ...

  • 374th Maintenance Group
    The 374th Maintenance Group maintains C-130E, C-21A and UH-1N aircraft supporting intratheater airlift and distinguished visitor transport for Pacific Air Forces.
  • 374th Mission Support Group
    The 374th Mission Support Group is responsible to the 374th Airlift Wing Commander for command, control and direction of support activities to 374 AW and 32 tenant units to include HQ US Forces Japan and Fifth Air Force.
  • 374th Medical Group
    The 374th Medical Group ensures medical readiness of 374 AW, 5 AF, and US Forces Japan personnel. They also maintain 64 War Reserve Materiel projects, including the USAF's largest Patient Movement Item inventory.

The Fifth Air Force (5AF), with headquarters currently located at Yokota Air Base,Japan, is one of very few numbered air forces of the United States Air Force never to have been based in the United States itself. ... Mission AMC has one numbered air force, the 18th Air Force, headquartered at Scott AFB. Two expeditionary mobility task forces, the 15th EMTF at Travis AFB, Calif. ... Stars and Stripes is the newspaper published for the United States Armed Forces overseas. ... American Forces Network (or AFN) is the brand name used by the United States Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) for its entertainment and command internal information networks worldwide. ...

AMC Passenger Terminal

The newly-renovated Air Mobility Command (AMC) Passenger Terminal is located on the main part of the base next to the flightline. It is a 5 to 7-minute walk from the Kanto Lodge (see below) and offers Space-Available flights to various destinations in PACAF such as Singapore, Korea, Hawaii, Guam, as well as the Continental United States. Air Mobility Command (AMC) is a major command (MAJCOM) of the United States Air Force, and the air force component of United States Transportation Command. ... Korea (Korean: 한국 in South Korea or ì¡°ì„  in North Korea, see below) is a geographic area, civilization, and former state situated on the Korean Peninsula in East Asia. ... Official language(s) English, Hawaiian Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Area  Ranked 43rd  - Total 10,931 sq mi (29,311 km²)  - Width n/a miles (n/a km)  - Length 1,522 miles (2,450 km)  - % water 41. ...


History

Major Commands

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Base Operating Units

  • 384th Service Group (September 1945 - April 1946)
  • 7th Air Service Group (April 1946 - April 1947)
  • 29th Air Service Group (April 1947 - August 1948)
  • 3d Bombardment Wing (August 1948 - April 1950)
  • 35th Fighter-Interceptor Wing (April - August 1950)
  • 3d Bombardment Wing (August - December 1950)
  • 6161st Air Base Wing (December 1950 - October 1954)
  • 35th Fighter-Interceptor Wing (October 1954 - July 1957)
  • 6102d Air Base Wing (July 1957 - January 1964)
  • 6441st Tactical Fighter Wing (January 1964 - January 1968)
  • 347th Tactical Fighter Wing (January 1968 - May 1971)
  • 475th Air Base Wing (November 1971 - April 1992)
  • 374th Airlift Wing (April 1992 - Present)

Major USAF Units Assigned

  • 41st Air Division (1957-68)
  • 40th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (1961-62)
  • 51st Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (1951-72)***
  • 421st Air Refueling Squadron (1953-65)
  • 65th Military Airlift Group (1967-72)
  • 347th Tactical Fighter Wing (1968-71)
  • 20th Operational Weather Squadron.
  • 30th Airlift Squadron (Aeromedical Evacuation)

Yokota has provided support for fighter, bomber, and military airlift operations, hosting B-26 Invader, B/RB-29 Superfortress, P/F-51 Mustang, KB-50J Aerial Tankers, F-94 Starfire, B/RB-57 Canberra, C-54 Skymaster, F-86D Sabre, F-102 Delta Dagger, McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom II, F-100 Super Sabre, F-105 Thunderchief, C-5 Galaxy, C-141 Starlifter, and C-130 Hercules units. The United States Air Forces 3rd Wing is the host wing for Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. ... The 71st Flying Training Wing (71 FTW) is a wing of the United States Air Force based out of Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma. ... The 35th Fighter Wing (35 FW) is an air combat unit of the United States Air Force and the host unit at Misawa Air Base, Japan. ... The 98th Wing (98 RANW) is a wing of the United States Air Force based out of Nellis Air Force Base, Los Vegas, Nevada. ... The 91st Intelligence Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. ... The 67th Network Warfare Wing, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, was reactivated 1 October 1993 as the 67th Information Operations Wing. ... // From March 1952–January 1968, the 41st Air Division organized, administered, equipped, and trained assigned units in Japan. ... The 65th Air Base Wing (65 ABW) is a wing of the United States Air Force based out of Lajes Air Base, Azores. ... The United States Air Forces 347th Wing was a combat search and rescue unit located at Moody AFB, Georgia. ... First flown in 1942, the American Douglas A-26 Invader (after 1948, the B-26, and after 1966, the A-26A) was a twin-engined light attack bomber aircraft built during World War II and seeing service during the Cold Wars major conflicts. ... The Boeing B-29 Superfortress (Boeing Model 341/345) was a four-engine heavy bomber flown by the United States Army Air Force. ... The North American P-51 Mustang was a successful long range fighter aircraft which set new standards of excellence and performance when it entered service in the middle years of World War II and is still regarded as one of the very best piston-engined fighters ever made. ... The Boeing B-50 Superfortress was basically a post-World War II revision of the wartime B_29 Superfortress with new, more powerful (3,500_HP Pratt & Whitney R_4360_35) radial engines and numerous other improvements. ... The F-84 Thunderjet was an American built fighter-bomber aircraft made by the Republic Aviation Company. ... The Martin B-57 Canberra was a twin-engine jet bomber and reconnaissance aircraft which entered service in the 1950s. ... The Douglas C-54 Skymaster was a four-engined transport aircraft used by the United States Army Air Force in World War II. Like the C-47 Skytrain, the C-54 Skymaster was derived from a civilian airliner (the DC-4). ... The first proposals for the North American Aviation F-86 Sabre were made in 1944, but construction was not begun until after World War II. Many elements of German jet design were implemented in the Sabre, after the American liberation troops captured a number of working Messerschmitt Me 262 experimental... The Convair F-102 Delta Dagger fighter aircraft was part of the backbone of the United States air defenses in the late 1950s. ... The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II[2] is a two-seat supersonic long-range all-weather fighter-bomber originally developed for the U.S. Navy by McDonnell Douglas. ... F-100A Super Sabre The North American F-100 Super Sabre was a jet fighter aircraft that served with the USAF from 1954 to 1971 and with the ANG until 1979. ... The Republic F-105 Thunderchief, commonly known as the Thud by its crews, was a single-seat supersonic fighter-bomber used by the United States Air Force. ... The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is a military transport aircraft designed to provide strategic heavy airlift over intercontinental distances. ... C-141 Starlifter A C-141 Starlifter leaves a vapor trail over Antarctica // The Lockheed C-141 Starlifter is a military strategic airlifter in service with the United States Air Force. ... The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop cargo aircraft and the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. ...


.*** Assigned to 2143rd Air Weather Wing at Andersen AFB, Guam. Andersen Air Force Base, is a base of the United States Air Force located on the island of Guam in the Pacific Ocean, on the north end of the island approximately 15 miles (24 km) from the capital, Agana. ...


Operational History

The facility which houses Yokota Air Base was originally constructed by the Imperial Japanese Army in 1940 as Tama Airfield, and used as a flight test center. During World War II Yokota became the center of Japanese Army Air Forces flight test activities and the base was the site of the first meeting between Japanese and Italian wartime allies. The Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) (Kyūjitai: 大日本帝國陸軍, Shinjitai: , Romaji: Dai-Nippon Teikoku Rikugun) was the official ground based armed force of Imperial Japan from 1867 to 1945. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Postwar Years

With the end of hostilities and the Japanese surrender in September 1945, a detachment of the United States Army 1st Cavalry Divison arrived at the base on 4 September. The 1st Cav named the facility Fussa Army Airfield, then renamed it Yokota Army Airfield at the end of September. The 1st Infantry Division of the United States Army —nicknamed “The Big Red One” after its shoulder patch; and also nicknamed The Fighting First—is the oldest division in the United States Army, and has seen continuous service since its organization in 1917. ...


The initial USAAF use for the base was for airlift operations when the 2d Combat Cargo Group arrived with four C-47 Skytrain squadrons. When the old runway deteriorated under heavy usage, the runway was repaired and Yokota supported operations of the Douglas A-26 Invader-equipped 3d Bombardment Group by August 1946. Additional construction during the 1940s and 1950s was completed and the base reached its current size around 1960. USAAF recruitment poster. ... The Douglas C-47 Skytrain or Dakota is a military transport that was developed from the Douglas DC-3 airliner. ... The United States Air Forces 3rd Wing is the host wing for Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On the occasion of extension, the course of Hachiko Line and national highway Route 16 was changed, and Itsukaichi highway was divided. The Hachiko Line (八高線, -sen) is a 92 km regional railway line in the East Japan Railway Company system in Tokyo, Saitama, and Gunma Prefectures in Japan. ... Route 16 ) is a national highway in Japan. ...


During the initial postwar occupation years, Yokota hosted the following known USAAF/USAF units:

  • 20th Combat Mapping Group (October 1945 - April 1946) (F-7 (B-24) Liberator)
  • 8th Reconnaissance Group (June 1946 - October 1947) (F-7 (B-24) Liberator)
  • 71st Reconnaissance Group (February 1947 - April 1949)
    (RB-17, RB-29, RF-51, RF-61, and RF-80)

These units performed photographic reconnaissance and mapping of Japan and South Korea.

  • 6th Night Fighter Squadron (1946-47) (P-61A/B)
    Deactivated and redesignated as 339th Fighter Squadron (347th Fighter Group) with F-82F/G Twin Mustangs at Nagoya AB Japan.
  • 3d Emergency Rescue Squadron (July 1947 - April 1950) (SB-17G)
    Flew modified B-17G bombers equipped under their bellies with a 27-foot boat (termed the A-1) that could be dropped by parachute and which contained enough food, water, and clothing for twelve survivors to last for about twenty days in the ocean.

Korean War

During the Korean War Yokota was used for combat missions over North and South Korea. Known units based there were: Combatants United Nations:  Republic of Korea,  Australia,  Belgium,  Luxembourg,  Canada,  Colombia,  Ethiopia,  France,  Greece,  Luxembourg,  Netherlands,  New Zealand,  Philippines,  South Africa,  Thailand,  Turkey,  United Kingdom,  United States Medical staff:  Denmark,  Australia,  Italy,  Norway,  Sweden Communist states:  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,  Peoples Republic of China,  Soviet Union Commanders...

  • Fighter Units
  • Bombardment Units
    • 325th, 326th, 327th Bombardment Squadrons (92d Bombardment Group) (July - October 1950)
      Deployed squadrons from Spokane AAFld (later, Fairchild AFB), Washington. Flew B-29 Bombing missions over North Korea.
    • 98th Bombardment Wing (343d, 344th, 345th Bomb Squadrons) (August 1950 - July 1954)
      Group, then Wing deployed from Spokane AAFld (later, Fairchild AFB), Washington. Flew B-29 Bombing missions over North Korea. Two after arriving at Yokota, the squadrons a bomb mission against marshalling yards at Pyongyang, North Korea. The 98th BG engaged primarily in interdiction of enemy communications centers but also supported UN ground forces. Interdiction targets included marshalling yards, oil centers, rail facilities, bridges, roads, troop concentrations, airfields, and military installations.
  • Reconnaissance Units
    • 31st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Photographic (July-August 1950)
      Flew combat missions to provide FEAF Bomber Command with target and bomb-damage assessment photography.
    • 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Medium, Photographic (December 1950 - December 1954)
      Assigned to 407th Strategic Fighter Wing (1953-54) See 91st Intelligence Squadron
      Absorbed the personnel and resources of the 31st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron in Japan. Using RB-29, RB-45, RB-50 and RB-36 aircraft, it performed target and bomb-damage assessment photo and visual reconnaissance for FEAF Bomber Command, flew other special photographic missions, and conducted electronic "ferret" reconnaissance to determine frequency, location, and other characteristics of enemy ground radar. The squadron also performed shipping surveillance over the Sea of Japan near the Siberian coast and leaflet drops over North Korea. Beginning in late 1952, rotating aircrews of the Philippine-based 581st Air Resupply and Communications Wing augmented the 91st SRS in flying leaflet missions.
    • 512th Bombardment Squadron (January - August 1950)
      Operated the B/RB/WB-29 aircraft and flew weather reconnaissance missions.
    • 51st Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (September 1951 - July 1972)
      Replaced the 512th Bomb Squadron in their weather reconnaissance mission.

The 27th Fighter Wing (27 FW) is a United States Air Force unit and the host wing at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. ... The Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star was the first operational jet fighter used by the United States Army Air Force. ... The 35th Fighter Wing (35 FW) is an air combat unit of the United States Air Force and the host unit at Misawa Air Base, Japan. ... The Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star was the first operational jet fighter used by the United States Army Air Force. ... The 35th Fighter Wing (35 FW) is an air combat unit of the United States Air Force and the host unit at Misawa Air Base, Japan. ... The F-82 Twin Mustang was a long-range escort fighter and Night Fighter created by joining two North American P-51 Mustangs at the wings. ... The 92d Air Refueling Wing (92 ARW) is a United States Air Force unit located at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Washington. ... Fairchild AFB is a town located in Spokane County, Washington. ... Official language(s) English Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,827 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ... The 98th Wing (98 RANW) is a wing of the United States Air Force based out of Nellis Air Force Base, Los Vegas, Nevada. ... Not to be confused with PyeongChang. ... Emblem of the U.S. Air Forces Pacific The United States Pacific Air Forces (USPACAF or PACAF) is one of nine major U.S. Air Force commands and one of two located outside the continental United States, the other being U.S. Air Forces Europe. ... The 91st Intelligence Squadron is an inactive United States Air Force unit. ... Introduction The North American B-45 Tornado was the United States Air Forces first operational jet bomber, and the first jet aircraft to be refueled in the air. ... The Convair B-36 (officially named the Peacemaker, but the name is rarely used) was an American strategic bomber aircraft, and the largest bomber ever flown by the United States. ... The Sea of Japan is a marginal sea of the western Pacific Ocean, bordered by Japan, Korea and Russia. ... “Siberian” redirects here. ...

Cold War

With the hostilities in Korea ending in 1953, Yokota Air Base returned to a peacetime Cold War status. Two major wings were stationed at the base during the 1950s, the 67th Reconnaissance Wing (1956-60) flying RF-80s, RF-84s and lastly RF-101s. The 35th Fighter-Interceptor Wing (1954-57) flew F-86 Sabres from the base. A Tactical Air Command air refueling unit, the 421st Air Refueling Squadron Flew KB-29s,and later KB-50Js from Yokota from 1953-65. All of these units were under the command of the 41st Air Division. For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... The McDonnell F-101 Voodoo was a supersonic military aircraft flown by the USAF and the RCAF. Initially designed as a long-range bomber escort (known as a penetration fighter) for the Strategic Air Command, the Voodoo served in a variety of other roles, including the fighter bomber, all-weather... The Tactical Air Command (TAC) was a command of the United States Air Force charged with battlefield-level (tactical) air combat, including light bombardment, close air support of ground troops, interdiction of enemy forces, and air transport of ground troops. ...


The 35th TFW was reassigned in 1957 and the 67th TRW in 1960. Worldwide DOD Budget restrictions in the late 1950s caused several PACAF wings based in Japan to be reassigned or deactivated. These tactical fighter units were replaced by the Martin B-57 equipped 3rd Bombardment Wing where it trained in bombardment, reconnaissance and aerial refueling operations. The Air Defense Command 40th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (December 1961 - May 1962) equipped with the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger stood an air defense mission. ...


The 6102d Air Base Wing assumed host unit status for the base, being replaced by the 6144th TFW (both temporary units) in 1964. Military Airlift Command assigned the 65th Military Airlift Group in 1967 to operate aerial port facilities at Yokota, moving passengers and cargo though the base. MAC shield Military Airlift Command (MAC) was a former United States Air Force command. ...


The Vietnam War resulted in an increased combat aircraft presence at the base. Yokota was used for ferrying B-52s to Southeast Asia along with being a base for US-based deployed F-105 Tactical Fighter Squadrons (35th, 36th, 80th). Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... B-52 can refer to the following: The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber aircraft A hairstyle popular in the 1950s and 1960s, named after the aircraft A rock band, The B-52s, named after the hairstyle A cocktail This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which...


The F-105 squadrons deployed frequently to USAF-operated bases in Thailand to fly combat missions over North and South Vietnam, and to South Korea for alert missions. Initially the fighter squadrons were under the command of the 6441st Tactical Fighter Wing, in 1964. With the reassignment of the 347th Fighter Wing to Yokota in 1968, the 347th assumed responsibility for all tactical fighters until it's reassignment to Kunsan AB, South Korea, in March 1971. The Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRVN), or less commonly, Vietnamese Democratic Republic (Vietnamese: Việt Nam Dân Chủ Cá»™ng Hòa), also known as North Vietnam, was proclaimed by Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi, September 2nd1945 and was recognized by the Peoples Republic of China and the... Anthem Thanh niên Hành Khúc (Call to the Citizens) Capital Saigon Language(s) Vietnamese Government Republic Last President¹ Duong Van Minh Last Prime minister Vu Van Mau Historical era Cold War  - Regime change June 14, 1955  - Dissolution April 30, 1975 Area  - 1973 173,809 km² 67,108... F-16 Falcons fly over Kunsan Air Base Kunsan Air Base, a base of the United States Air Force, is located on the western side of the South Korean peninsula bordered by the Yellow Sea. ...


In 1971 all combat squadrons were transferred to Kadena and Misawa Air Base and Yokota became a non-flying station hosted by the 475th Air Base Wing. The 475th had no numbered flying squadrons, but operated a few T-39 Saberliners and UH-1 helicopters, along with supporting transient MAC cargo and passenger aircraft. Assigned flying squadrons returned to Yokota in 1992 when the 374th Airlift Wing was assigned with it's C-130Es and C-21 Learjets. Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Kadena Air Base is the largest American airbase in Asia. ... Aerial photo of Security Hill American and Japanese air traffic controllers work together in Misawas busy control tower. ... The North American Sabreliner (later sold as the Rockwell Sabreliner) was developed by North American Aviation in response to the U.S. Air Forces Utility Trainer Experimental (UTX) program. ... The Bell UH-1 Iroquois, commonly known as the Huey, was a multipurpose military helicopter, famous for its use in the Vietnam war. ...


Headquarters, Fifth Air Force was transferred to Yokota on November 11, 1974, being transferred from Fuchu AS, Japan. The Fifth Air Force (5AF), with headquarters currently located at Yokota Air Base,Japan, is one of very few numbered air forces of the United States Air Force never to have been based in the United States itself. ...


In 2005, the Japanese government announced that the headquarters of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force would be moved to Yokota. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Japan Air Self-Defense Force ), or JASDF, is the aviation branch of the Japan Self-Defense Forces responsible for the defense of Japanese airspace and other aerospace operations. ...


The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has advocated opening Yokota to civilian flights, as a method of relieving traffic at Haneda and Narita Airport. Tokyo International Airport ) (IATA: HND, ICAO: RJTT), located in Ota, Tokyo, Japan, is one of the two primary airports serving the Greater Tokyo Area. ... Narita International Airport (Japanese: 成田国際空港 Narita Kokusai Kūkō) (IATA airport code: NRT, ICAO Airport Code: RJAA) is an international airport in the eastern portion of Narita, Chiba, Japan. ...


Amenities

Friendship Festival

Each year in August, Yokota Air Base opens the gates to the Japanese community for its annual Friendship Festival. For two days, local residents can learn about Yokota Air Base. Food and events are provided for all ages. Roughly 200,000 visitors show-up each year, although non-Japanese visitors may be turned-away from the gates for security reasons.


For those 2 short days, visitors are able to examine many types of aircraft and even tour some of the large cargo planes from inside.


Hotels And Lodging

Kanto Lodge - DSN (315) 224-2000


The Kanto Lodge is one of PACAF's largest hotel operations. Each year, over 130,000 personnel are housed in the Kanto Lodge's eleven on-base facilities. The new, 125-room Temporary Lodging Facility (TLF) opened in the summer of 2001 .


Education

The Department of Defense operates schools for children of airmen at the base. [1]

  • Yokota East Elementary School
  • Yokota West Elementary School
  • Yokota Middle School[2]: School Dedication Ceremony took place on 13 June 2000. YMS initial year began with only grades 7 and 8, with the upstairs specialty wing housing High School classes until construction modifications to YHS were competed. Class officially began August 2000.
  • Yokota High School

Higher educational opportunities for those in the military and working for the Department of Defense, as well as for family members at Yokota are available through several contracted academic institutions. For example: [3]

  • The Asian Division of University of Maryland University College (UMUC)

The base was the setting of Almost Transparent Blue, a best-selling novel written by Ryu Murakami and published in 1976. It is also the setting of parts of The Yokota Officers Club : A Novel by Sarah Bird. Almost Transparent Blue (限りなく透明に近いブルー) is a novel by Japanese author Ryu Murakami, published in 1976. ... Ryu Murakami (村上龍 Murakami RyÅ«, born 19 February 1952 in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan) is a Japanese novelist and filmmaker. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Yokota Air Base Photo Gallery

Yokota Air Base Emblem Gallery

See also

Emblem of the U.S. Air Forces Pacific The United States Pacific Air Forces (USPACAF or PACAF) is one of nine major U.S. Air Force commands and one of two located outside the continental United States, the other being U.S. Air Forces Europe. ...

References

Some of the text in this article was taken from pages on the Yokota Air Base website, which as a work of the U.S. Government is presumed to be a public domain resource. That information was supplemented by: Shortcut: WP:PD There are many resources available on the net that are in the public domain, and therefore freely usable without restrictions for Wikipedia content. ...

  • Endicott, Judy G. (1999) Active Air Force wings as of 1 October 1995; USAF active flying, space, and missile squadrons as of 1 October 1995. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. CD-ROM.
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BASES: Andersen Air Force BaseEielson Air Force BaseElmendorf Air Force Base • Hickam Air Force Base • Kadena Air BaseKunsan Air BaseMisawa Air BaseOsan Air BaseYokota Air Base
NUMBERED AIR FORCES: 5th Air Force7th Air Force11th Air Force13th Air Force
WINGS: 3d Wing8th Fighter Wing15th Airlift Wing18th Wing35th Fighter Wing36th Wing51st Fighter Wing354th Fighter Wing374th Airlift Wing

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Yokota Air Base is one of three operational U.S. Air Force installations in Japan.
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The base serves as the headquarters for United States Forces Japan, and is currently used for airlift missions throughout East Asia.
The facility which houses Yokota Air Base was originally constructed by the Imperial Japanese Army in 1940 as Tama Airfield, and used as a flight test center.
The base was the setting of Almost Transparent Blue, a best-selling novel written by Ryu Murakami and published in 1976.
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