Hobby Master 1:72 HA4412 Lockheed F-35A 69-8701, JASDF, August 2016
The maiden flight of the first Japan Self Defence Force Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II took place on August 24, 2016 and delivered to Luke AFB, Arizona. The F-35A 69-8701 (also designated AX-1) will become part of the international training fleet operated by the 944th FW. Japan has agreed to purchase 28 F-35As over 5 years with possibly acquiring an additional 14 aircraft. The first aircraft to arrive in Japan will be based at Misawa AB operated by the 301 and 302 Squadrons.