Japan Evacuated Okinawa-based F-15s After 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake In Taiwan | Aviation

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A dozen of F-15Js parked on one of the roads within the perimeter of Naha air base. The building in the background sits on the opposite side of the airbase. (Photo: JASDF)

Following a tsunami alert after the earthquake, Naha air base evacuated its F-15s in the city’s streets.

The X account of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Naha air base, on the island of Okinawa, released some unusual photos of its F-15s parked on the public roads within the city. The aircraft were, in fact, evacuated from the apron following the tsunami warning in the aftermath of the earthquake which hit Taiwan on Apr. 3, 2024.

“In response to the tsunami warning on April 3rd, Naha Air Base scrambled to confirm the damage situation in the Sakishima area, and at the same time evacuated F-15 fighter jets and vehicles to higher elevations to protect their equipment,” said the statement from the base’s officials. We were able to geolocate the photos and, apparently, the aircraft were still within the perimeter of the airbase, although they were moved among the other facilities away from the apron

Such actions are not unprecedented, as they were already seen in the past to avoid aircraft losses such the ones caused by the 2011 tsunami which struck Japan. In that occasion a high number of military aircraft, mainly Mitsubishi F-2 jets, was heavily damaged and many were destroyed or not worth the repair. Many aircraft took years before repairs were complete.

Although only a dozen F-15s can be seen in the…

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