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Numazu Beach Landing, a 459th AS first

Two Pilots in UH1N Cockpit

Capt. Jose Sahagun Flores, 459th Airlift Squadron flight safety officer, left, and Capt. Nick Curren, 316th Operations Support Squadron, Joint Base Andrews, Md., training officer, fly over Numazu Beach, Japan for the first time, Feb. 18, 2021. During the flight the pilots conducted various water and land training scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas)

Two Helicopters at Numazu Beach

Two UH1N helicopters, assigned to the 459th Airlift Squadron, conduct landing maneuvers at Numazu Beach, Japan, for the first time Feb. 18, 2021. Specific flight and landing procedures had to be considered because of beach’s rocky and sandy terrain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas)

Two UH1N Helicopters fly over Numazu Beach

Two UH1N helicopters, assigned to the 459th Airlift Squadron, fly over Numazu Beach, Japan, for the first time, Feb. 18, 2021. Numazu allows the 459th AS to practice flight and landing training in coastal environments, which enhances their multi-faceted evacuation capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas)

Mount Fuji

Mt. Fuji sits in the view of a UH1N Helicopter, assigned to 459th Airlift Squadron, near Numazu Beach, Japan, Feb. 18, 2021. The flight served as the first ever landing mission at Numazu for the 459th AS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas)

Airmen sit in a conference room observing a powerpoint slide

Airmen assigned to the 459th Airlift Squadron plan a first ever landing operation at Numazu Beach, Japan, Feb. 18, 2021. All pertinent information was rehearsed prior to execution to ensure a successful operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas)

Yokota Air Base, Japan -- Capt. Jose Sahagun Flores, 459th Airlift Squadron flight safety officer, left, and Capt. Nick Curren, 316th Operations Support Squadron, Joint Base Andrews, Md., training officer, fly over Numazu Beach, Japan for the first time, Feb. 18, 2021. During the flight the pilots conducted various water and land training scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tyrone Thomas)