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HA3904 Japan T-4 Trainer "Red Dolphin" 26-5808, 32nd TSQ, JASDF,
Hamamatsu AB

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 Japan T-4 Trainer 26-5808 was built in 2002 c/n 1208 is assigned to the 32nd TSQ (Training Squadron / 1st Air Wing) at JASDF Hamamatsu AB. First established in 1925 Hamamatsu became a flight training school in 1952. Japan has two Training squadrons located at Hamamatsu, the 31st named Blue Dolphin and the 32nd named Red Dolphin. The dolphin is a reference to a mythical dolphin like creature called Shachihoko so these squadrons have adopted it as part of their emblem and squadron names.’

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)
Performance 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 Gun Pods Training Bombs (free-falling) 70-mm unguided rocketsS