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HA3402 Mitsubishi F-1"90-8226" 8th Sqn., 3rd Wing, JASDF, Misawa AB, Japan

The Mitsubishi F-1 is a single-seat attack aircraft that evolved from the Mitsubishi T-2 supersonic jet trainer. Its primary task in the Japanese Self Defense Force is anti- shipping with an air-to-air capability. The F-1 entered service in April 1978 and production ended in March 1987. 160 aircraft were planned, but only 77 were built. The F-1 had several upgrades to extend its service life. The F-1 has slowly been replaced by the Mitsubishi F-2 and upgraded F-4EJ "Kai" Phantom II's. In 2006 six F-1's were retired.

The 3 Kokudan (wing) is made up of two Hikotais (Squadrons), 3 Hikotai and 8 Hikotai. Both are assigned to Misawa Air Base in northern portion of the island of Honshu. The Mitsubishi F-1 first flew in November 1976 and very soon after equipped several squadrons. In 1983 JASDF squadrons began to use individual markings so the 8 Hikotai of 3 Kokudan chose the Black Panther (Kurohyou) as well as using “Black Panthers” as their name. A Black Panther is usually found on the aircraft tail and just behind the cockpit.

Specifications for the Mitsubishi F-1
Role - Multi-role Light Fighter and Maritime Attack
Crew – 1 x pilot
Dimensions
Length – 17.66 m (57 ft 11 in) Wingspan – 7.88 m (25 ft 10 in) Height – 4.39 m (14 ft 5 in) Wing Area – 21.2 m
Weight
Empty – 6,358 kg (14,017 lb) Maximum Takeoff – 13,674 kg (30,146 lb)
Performance
Power Plant – 2 x Ishikawa-Harima TF40-801A After-burning Turbofan Each Producing 32.4 kN (7,280 lbf ) (License Built Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca Adour Mk 801A) Maximum Speed – 1,700 km/h (1,060 mph) Rate of Climb - 118 m/s (35,000 ft/min) Service Ceiling – 15,250 m (50,020 ft) Range – 1,130 km (705 miles)
Armament
1 x 20 mm JM61A1 Vulcan Cannon AIM-9 Sidewinder Missiles Mitsubishi AAM-1 Mitsubishi ASM-1/2 Anti-ship Missiles JLAU-3A 70 mm Rocket Pods RL-7 70 mm Rockets RL-4 125 mm Rockets Mk-82 500 lb General Purpose Bomb M117 750 lb General Purpose Bomb GCS-1 – IR Guided Versions of the Mk-82 All Can Be Carried On 4 x Under-Wing Pylons, 1 x Under-Fuselage Pylon, 2 x Wingtip Missile Rails