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HA3903 Japan T-4 Trainer JASDF 4th AW, 11th SQ, Matsushima AB, 2016 "Blue Impulse 20th Anniversary Special Paint"
The Kawasaki T-4 is a subsonic intermediate jet trainer used by the JASDF. In
November 1981 Kawasaki was awarded the contract to produce 220 T-4s with the
actual final production number being 212. The aircraft was designed to replace the
Lockheed T-33 and Fuji T-1. The first prototype flew on July 29, 1985 with the first
production aircraft flying in June 1988 and delivery of the first T-4 to the 31st and 32nd Flying Training Squadrons, 1st Air Wing 3 months later.
The Blue Impulse is the 11th Squadron, 4th Air Wing of the Japan Air Self-Defense
Force and the national aerobatic demonstration team. They formed in 1960 and
originally named Tenryu but changed to Blue Impulse. Their first aircraft were 6 F-86
Sabres and in 1982 after 545 demonstrations they moved to the Matsushima Air Base and began using the Mitsubishi T-2. The T-2 was used for 175 demonstrations until 1996 when they switched to the Kawasaki T-4. In 2016 to celebrate 20 years flying the T-4; the Blue Impulse aircraft were given a special paint scheme.
Specifications for the Kawasaki T-4
Number Manufactured – 212
Role – 2 seat intermediate jet-trainer
Crew – 2 X pilots in tandem
Length – 42 ft. 8 in. (13 m)
Wingspan – 32 ft. 7 in. (9.94 m)
Height – 15 ft. 1 in. (4.6 m)
Empty – 8,360 lb. (3,790 kg)
Maximum Take-Off – 16,530 lb. (7,500 kg)
Engines – 2 X Ishikawajima-Harima F3-IHI-30 turbofans producing 3,250 lb. (16 kN) of thrust per engine.
Maximum Speed – 645 mph (1,038 km/h)
Range – 900 nm (1,670 km)
Service Ceiling – 49,800 ft. (15,200 m)
2 X Hardpoints for
ASM-2 long-range anti-ship missiles
AA-4 Air-to-air missiles
Training Bombs (free-falling)
70-mm unguided rockets