Today’s flight was a quick hop up to the range to practice dry high-angle strafe (dry means we didn’t actually shoot anything, it was all simulated in our on-board computers). Afterward we cruised north along the ‘Hatchet,’ the northernmost part of Honshu; then across the Tsugaru Strait over to Hokkaido, where we flew around E-san volcano. There was a little activity there, some steam or vapor was rising from the crater. It still had some snow on it, it was really beautiful. After that, we flew a couple passes over a scenic lake nestled between two mountains, and then we flew back home. The flight made for a pretty nice day.
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