Video of Japanese fighter jet base swamped by tsunami

Earlier this morning, we showed you an amazing photo of a swamped Japanese F-2A fighter jet. Now there's video of the damage done to it — and 17 others — at its air base.


We've learned now that 18 F-2As belonging to the 21st Fighter Squadron out of the Matsushima Japanese Air Self Defence Force base in the Miyagi prefecture were swamped due to the tsunami that hit directly after the March 11th 9.0 earthquake.


The Mitsubishi F-2 is manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Lockheed Martin as a fighter jet for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, with a 60/40 split in manufacturing between Japan and the USA. Production started in 1996 and the first aircraft entered service in 2000. A total of 94 F-2s were produced.

And we've now learned that these 18 jets might be irreparably damaged.

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Let's see... engine damage due to water ingestion, electrical (avionics, navigation, weapons systems, etc.) flooding, life support system damage, control systems over-stress, exterior impact damage, almost certain landing gear injury, and other associated damage due to debris impact. Not to mention, the untold structural damage caused to the airframe from the impact of the water and the aircraft hitting the building. Plus anything I didn't think of.

Yes, it might be possible to rebuild the planes and make them flightworthy again. But I wouldn't bet on it — more than likely, they will be stripped for whatever spares can be salvaged off them. And that gives me a mega-sad.