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AC-130J GHOSTRIDER VISITS JAPAN

An AC-130J Ghostrider approaches the runway on a final landing at Kadena Air Base.

An AC-130J Ghostrider prepares to land at Kadena Air Base on March 29, 2021. Regularly stationed at Hurlburt Field, Florida, this is the first time the updated J model of the AC-130 has landed or operated in Japan.

An AC-130J Ghostrider gunship taxis on the flightline at Kadena Air Base.

An AC-130J Ghostrider gunship taxis to its final parking location on Kadena Air Base on March 29, 2021. During this visit to Japan, the AC-130J will conduct joint, allied and partner nation training in the Indo-Pacific region. This training will include close air support and forward area refueling point training, and demonstrates the specialized airpower that the U.S. can leverage to support the security of Japan and promote peace and stability in the region.

An AC-130J Ghostrider gunship taxis to a parking space at Kadena Air Base

An AC-130J Ghostrider gunship taxis to its parking location after landing at Kadena Air Base on March 29, 2021. The AC-130J is a highly modified C-130J aircraft that contains many advanced features. It contains an advanced two-pilot flight station with fully integrated digital avionics.

An Airman from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron marshals an AC-130J Ghostrider to its parking location after landing at Kadena Air Base.

An Airman from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron marshals an AC-130J Ghostrider to its parking location after landing at Kadena Air Base on March 29, 2021. The 73rd Special Operations Squadron plans, prepares and executes AC-130J Ghostrider gunship missions, directly supporting theater commanders conducting close air support, armed reconnaissance, armed escort and air interdiction.

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa, Japan -- An AC-130J Ghostrider prepares to land at Kadena Air Base on March 29, 2021. Regularly stationed at Hurlburt Field, Florida, this is the first time the updated J model of the AC-130 has landed or operated in Japan.

AC-130J GHOSTRIDER VISITS JAPAN

An AC-130J Ghostrider approaches the runway on a final landing at Kadena Air Base.

An AC-130J Ghostrider prepares to land at Kadena Air Base on March 29, 2021. Regularly stationed at Hurlburt Field, Florida, this is the first time the updated J model of the AC-130 has landed or operated in Japan.

An AC-130J Ghostrider gunship taxis on the flightline at Kadena Air Base.

An AC-130J Ghostrider gunship taxis to its final parking location on Kadena Air Base on March 29, 2021. During this visit to Japan, the AC-130J will conduct joint, allied and partner nation training in the Indo-Pacific region. This training will include close air support and forward area refueling point training, and demonstrates the specialized airpower that the U.S. can leverage to support the security of Japan and promote peace and stability in the region.

An AC-130J Ghostrider gunship taxis to a parking space at Kadena Air Base

An AC-130J Ghostrider gunship taxis to its parking location after landing at Kadena Air Base on March 29, 2021. The AC-130J is a highly modified C-130J aircraft that contains many advanced features. It contains an advanced two-pilot flight station with fully integrated digital avionics.

An Airman from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron marshals an AC-130J Ghostrider to its parking location after landing at Kadena Air Base.

An Airman from the 73rd Special Operations Squadron marshals an AC-130J Ghostrider to its parking location after landing at Kadena Air Base on March 29, 2021. The 73rd Special Operations Squadron plans, prepares and executes AC-130J Ghostrider gunship missions, directly supporting theater commanders conducting close air support, armed reconnaissance, armed escort and air interdiction.

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa, Japan -- An AC-130J Ghostrider prepares to land at Kadena Air Base on March 29, 2021. Regularly stationed at Hurlburt Field, Florida, this is the first time the updated J model of the AC-130 has landed or operated in Japan.