Kanoya Air Field


Kanoya Hikōjō
Airport typeMilitary
Operator Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
LocationKanoya, Japan
Elevation AMSL214 ft / 65 m
Coordinates31°22′05″N 130°50′17″E / 31.36806°N 130.83806°E / 31.36806; 130.83806Coordinates: 31°22′05″N 130°50′17″E / 31.36806°N 130.83806°E / 31.36806; 130.83806
RJFY is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08R/26L 2,250 7,382 Concrete
08L/26R 1,200 3,937 Concrete
Source: Japanese AIP at AIS Japan[1]

Kanoya Air Field (鹿屋飛行場, Kanoya Hikōjō) (ICAO: RJFY) is a military aerodrome of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kanoya Air Base (鹿屋航空基地, Kanoya Kōkū-Kichi). It is located 1.5 NM (2.8 km; 1.7 mi) southwest[1] of the city of Kanoya in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. Runway 08R/26L is equipped with ILS.

On April 6, 2016 a U-125 airplane operated by the Flight Check Squadron of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force crashed near the base, and all six crew members were killed. It had been checking the base's air navigation aid system.[2][3][4][5]

After some years of discussion[6] it was announced in July 2018 that the base would be used by the US military. United States Marine Corps KC-130 aerial tankers will use the base.[7]

The Kanoya Air Base Museum is located at the base.


  1. ^ a b AIS Japan Archived 2016-05-17 at the Portuguese Web Archive
  2. ^ ASDF jet disappears from radar over southwestern Japan April 6, 2016 Japan Times Retrieved January 22, 2017
  3. ^ Yoshida, Reiji Bodies of four ASDF jet crewmen found; search for remaining two, wreckage ongoing April 7, 2016 Japan Times Retrieved January 22, 2017
  4. ^ Bodies of last two ASDF airmen recovered from cliff in Kagoshima April 8, 2016 Japan Times Retrieved January 22, 2017
  5. ^ ASN Accident Report Raytheon U-125 (Hawker 800) 49-3043 Kanoya Air Base Aviation Safety Network Retrieved January 23, 2017
  6. ^ "U.S. KC-130 relocation mulled". Japan Times. March 3, 2006. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  7. ^ 日米合同委員会合意事案概要 (PDF) (in Japanese). July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2018.