21st Flight Training Squadron
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Mitsubishi F-2B of 21st Squadron (2010)
ActiveMarch 31, 1975-present
Allegiance4th Air Wing
BranchJapan Air Self-Defense Force
Garrison/HQMatsushima Air Base

The 第21飛行隊 (dai-ni-ichi-hikotai) 21st Fighter Training Squadron is a squadron of the 4th Air Wing of Air Training Command of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. It is based at Matsushima Air Base in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.[1][2]


Mitsubishi T-2s of Blue Impulse in flight (1995)
Mitsubishi T-2s of Blue Impulse in flight (1995)

The predecessor to the squadron was formed on March 31, 1975, and it formally became the 21st squadron on October 1, 1976.

After retiring their original North American F-86F Sabres, from January 12, 1982 to December 22, 1995 the JASDF aerobatics team Blue Impulse flew Mitsubishi T-2 aircraft as part of the squadron.

During the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Matsushima Air Field was flooded with seawater, and eighteen Mitsubishi F-2B's belonging to 21st Squadron, as well as other aircraft, were damaged or destroyed.[3][4]

In the aftermath of this event, the 21st was relocated to Misawa Air Base where it conducted a reduced schedule of training while both the airfield and its damaged aircraft were repaired. A ceremony marking the 21st's return to Matsushima was held on March 28, 2016.[5]

Tail marking

The squadron has a unique tail marking.

Tail marking (2016)
Tail marking (2016)

Aircraft operated

Mitsubishi T-2 (1994)



See also


  1. ^ Thompson, Paul JASDF - Order of Battle July 1, 2017 J-HangarSpace Retrieved October 4, 2017
  2. ^ 第21飛行隊松島基地帰還行事 Archived 2016-12-03 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved October 4, 2017 (in Japanese)
  3. ^ "Massive Tsunami Submerges Towns, Washes Away Houses, Cars". Nikkei. March 12, 2011.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2017-12-10.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "JASDF - Order of Battle". J-Hangerspace. March 1, 2018.