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U.S. Air Force Stages Massive Elephant Walk At Kadena Air Base, Japan

April 21, 2017

United States Air Force aircraft from the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan conducted a large elephant walk during a no-notice exercise April 12, 2017.

From AiirSource Military:

The 18th Wing operates combat ready fleets of HH-60 Pave Hawks, F-15 Eagles, E-3 Sentries and KC-135 Stratotankers, making it the largest combat-ready wing in the U.S. Air Force.

An elephant walk is a USAF term for the taxiing of military aircraft right before takeoff, when they are in close formation. Often, it takes place right before a Minimum Interval Takeoff.

This exercise is meant as a show of force in the Pacific theater.

The exercise comes as a response to North Korea’s aggression in the region.

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