Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA3407 Japan F-1 "Air Combat Meet 2000" 00-8240, 6th SQ, 8th AW, JASDF

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 The F-1 has slowly been replaced by the Mitsubishi F-2 and upgraded F-4EJ "Kai" Phantom II's. In 2006 six F-1's were retired.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 8th AW (Kokudan) / 6th Squadron (Hikotai) is located at Tsuiki AB. In 1977 the 6th Squadron (Hikotai) flew the F-1 aircraft until 2006 when it was replaced by the more advanced F-2. In 2000 00-8240 took part in the JASDF “Air Combat Meet” which is similar to “Tiger Meets”. It is various teams competing in aircraft against other aircraft in mock dog fights and attacks on ground targets to determine the proficiency of the pilot and aircraft. At the closing of the competition they determine the best pilot and best team.

Specifications for the Mitsubishi F-1
Role - Multi-role Light Fighter and Maritime Attack
Crew – 1 x pilot
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
Empty – 6,358 kg (14,017 lb) Maximum Takeoff – 13,674 kg (30,146 lb)
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)
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