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Thursday, April 23, 2015

First Of 13 Japanese Tsunami-Damaged F-2B Fighter Jet Repaired

F-2B Viper ZeroThe Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) rolled out the overhauled F-2B fighter aircraft in a ceremony to mark to the completion of repairs by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Lockheed Martin held at MHI's Komaki South Plant.

The overhauled aircraft will be used for pilot training at Misawa Air Base, before being transferred to Matsushima Air Base, according to JASDF.

JASDF suffered serious damage to 18 of its 31 F-2B aircraft in the tsunami that inundated Matsushima Air Base on the northwest coast of Japan, about 300 km north of Tokyo. Work to fix 13 of these began in December 2013, with the remaining five deemed to be beyond economic repair, the website reported.

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