Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni is pleased to announce additional performers for this year’s JMSDF/MCAS Iwakuni Friendship Day, which will be held on May 5.

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni have been working together to make the 41st annual JMSDF/MCAS Iwakuni Friendship Day a culturally enriching experience for everyone. It is our goal to provide a memorable event that offers something for all ages.

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Air Show:

JASDF F-2 – Flying from Tsuiki Air Base, Fukuoka, Japan Air Self-Defense Force will demonstrate the capabilities of the F-2. Spectators will be amazed by its agility, thrust and maneuverability as it soars through the skies.

Aircraft Static Displays/Ground Static Displays:

Ice from Antarctica – Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force supports the annual Antarctic Research Expedition of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan. JMSDF takes great pleasure in displaying portions of an iceberg directly from the South Pole. The Japanese icebreaker ship SHIRASE supported the expedition and brought back the ice from the 58th Antarctic Research Expedition. Additionally, the CH-101 helicopter, which supports airlift and transportation for the Antarctic expeditionary team, will be on display.

Breitling DC-3 – The Breitling DC-3 will be doing a grand-world tour in several stages, an amazing accomplishment for this legendary plane that will be celebrating its 77th birthday this year. This DC-3 HB-IRJ was delivered to American Airlines in 1940 and was first used by the American military between 1942 and 1944, before resuming service on behalf of various commercial airlines. Breitling demonstrates its commitment to safeguarding aeronautical heritage by supporting the restoration of legendary aircraft such as the Douglas DC-3.

USMC/JGSDF ground equipment – Visitors will have an opportunity to view bilateral professional gear and assets. Enthusiasts will be able to see Type 89 Assault Rifles, 5.56 mm caliber rifle MINIMIs, and middle-range SAM surface-to-air missile systems, and more.

Aviation fans will also have the opportunity to see WACO classic biplanes and additional aircraft provided by the AOPA, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association of Japan.

All air show performers and static display/ground static display participants are subject to change without notice.

We look forward to seeing you at the JMSDF/MCAS Iwakuni Friendship Day!


Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan Public Affairs Office
Misumi-cho, Iwakuni City Yamaguchi Pref., Japan PSC 561 BOX 1868
Phone: 0827-79-5551
[email protected]