ACM

On this page an overview of all the events in which Starfighters played their own roles in Japan during the famous colorful ACM meets. Most of these meets have been held during Autumn every year starting with 1979. The F-104J and DJ Starfighters participated until 1984. Beneath an overview of all the known aircraft during these meets all carrying exotic colorschemes. This use of specific colorschemes during the ACM exercises have been initiated late 70s by 6th Koukuudan Hikougun commander, Colonel (then Captain) Nishigaki Yoshi.

 

ACM (1) - October 1979

During the ACM exercise at least the 203 and 205 squadron aircraft were seen flying missions from Chitose AB.
Known participants during this first ACM meet were (at least):

202 Hikotai :
36-8528 - Very rough camouflage ACM scheme
46-8570 - 3-tone grey color scheme
46-8604 - Yellow-blue band over their central fuselage
46-8606 - Yellow-blue band over their central fuselage
46-8609 - Dark grey band over its central fuselage
46-8654 - Blue band over its central fuselage
46-8661 - Wide dark blue bands over its central fuselage.
Aircraft 8609 was seen with these ACM colors in December 1979. Photo of 46-8606 was taken by Yoshio Akasaka on 4 October 1979 and the photo of 46-8661 was taken on 15 October 1979, thanks to George van der Schoor.

203 Hikotai :
46-8641 - Red-white band over its central fuselage
46-8650 - Red-white band over its central fuselage
56-8673 - Red-white band over its central fuselage
76-8687 - Red-white band over its central fuselage
Aircraft 8673 and 8687 were first noted with the ACM colors on October, 8th, 1979.

204 Hikotai :
36-8546 - Orange band over its central fuselage
46-8593 - Orange band over its central fuselage
46-8594 - Orange band over its central fuselage
46-8613 - Orange band over its central fuselage
46-8648 - Orange band over its central fuselage
56-8669 - carrying an orange band over its central fuselage
56-8677 - carrying an orange band over its central fuselage
Aircraft 8594 was seen with this markings in October 1979.

205 Hikotai :
26-8507 - Yellow-blue band over its central fuselage
46-8591 - Yellow-blue band over its central fuselage
46-8646 - Yellow-blue band over its central fuselage
46-8657 - Yellow-blue band over its central fuselage
Aircraft 8646 was seen with these ACM colors at Komaki AB on 14 October 1979.

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ACM (2) - Autumn 1980

It looks like two-seaters have been used as arbritage aircraft for analysis purposes during the exercises.
These aircraft had red or orange bands around their fuselage for all partipating squadrons.
Known participants during this ACM meet were (at least):

202 Hikotai :
36-8528 - Top dark blue and bottom light blue color scheme
36-8532 - 2-tone grey color scheme + fake canopy
36-8532 - 2-tone grey color scheme + fake canopy
36-8547 - 2-tone grey color scheme + fake canopy
36-8557 - 2-tone light blue color scheme + fake canopy
36-8558 - 2-tone light blue color scheme + fake canopy
46-8570 - 2-tone blue color scheme + fake canopy
46-8587 - Top dark blue and bottom light blue color scheme
76-8684 - 2-tone grey color scheme + fake canopy
76-8690 - Top dark blue and bottom light blue color scheme
76-8710 - Top dark blue and bottom light blue color scheme
26-5007 - carrying red bands around its fuselage
36-5018 - carrying red bands around its fuselage
Both aircraft F-104J 8570 and F-104DJ 5018 were seen with ACM markings at Tsuiki AB on 9 November 1980. Aircraft 8690 was already seen with this blue ACM scheme on 13 May 1980 (??).

203 Hikotai :
46-8621 - Light blue shaded scheme around middle fuselage
56-8672 - Light blue shaded scheme around middle fuselage
76-8692 - Light blue shaded scheme around middle fuselage
26-5002 - Orange bands around fuselage
Aircraft 8621, 8672 and 8692 were seen with ACM colors in November 1980.

204 Hikotai :
36-8516 - 2-tone blue camouflage scheme and Oliv-drab later.
36-8565 - Oliv-drab color scheme
46-8602 - 3-tone grey camouflage scheme
46-8637 - 3-tone grey-blue camouflage scheme
76-8702 - 3-tone grey-blue camouflage scheme (see photo).
36-5012 - Orange bands around its fuselage
Autumn 1980 aircraft 8516 was seen wearing a two tone blue camouflage scheme and on 10 November 1980 it was seen wearing a different, oliv-drab overall, color scheme. This latter day, 10 November 1980, also aircraft 8565 was seen wearing this oliv-drab ACM scheme.

205 Hikotai :
36-8524 - Oliv-drab color scheme
46-8617 - Oliv-drab color scheme

207 Hikotai :
46-8570 - 2-tone light blue color scheme + fake canopy
76-8700 - 2-tone light blue color scheme + fake canopy
76-8705 - 2-tone light blue scheme + fake canopy - lateron grey
76-8706 - 2-tone light blue color scheme + fake canopy
46-5007 - Orange bands around its fuselage
46-5008 - Orange bands around its fuselage
In Autumn 1980 aircraft 8705 was seen wearing a two-tone light blue color scheme while on 10 November 1980 it was seen in some kind of grey-sprayed color scheme.

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ACM (3) - Autumn 1981

Known participants during this ACM meet were (at least) :

202 Hikotai :
36-8518 - Dark blue - light grey camouflage scheme
36-8524 - 2-tone light blue color scheme with fake canopy
36-8526 - Khaki light grey camouflage scheme
36-8528 - Khaki light grey camouflage scheme
36-8558 - 2-tone light blue color grey scheme with fake canopy
36-8563 - 2-tone grey camouflage scheme
36-8570 - 2-tone light blue camouflage scheme with fake canopy
46-8587 - 2-tone grey camouflage scheme
56-8661 - Creme-khaki camouflage scheme
76-8684 - 2-tone light blue camouflage scheme with fake canopy
76-8690 - F-16 camo color scheme.
76-8710 - F-16 camo color scheme.
Aircraft 8518, 8524, 8587, 8661 and 8690 were seen flying in ACM colors on 15 November 1981.
Aircraft 8424, 8526, 8587 and 8710 still had these colors applied in March 1982, 8570 in June 1982 and 8526 even till January 1983!!

203 Hikotai :
46-8621 - Dark grey shaded color scheme on top and aft fuselage

204 Hikotai :
36-8516 - Green-khaki camouflage scheme
36-8531 - Green-khaki camouflage scheme
36-8535 - Grey overall color scheme
36-8538 - Green-khaki camouflage scheme
36-8554 - Medium grey color scheme
46-8637 - Olive-drab color scheme
46-8645 - Grey overall color scheme
56-8677 - Dark light grey camouflage scheme
Aircraft 8516, 8531, 8535, 8538 and 8645 were seen in ACM colors on 15 November 1981. Aircraft 8677 still had the ACM scheme in January 1982, 8537 still had this ACM outfit applied in March 1982. Aircraft 8554 and 8645 still carried the ACM outfit in June 1982.

207 Hikotai :
26-8506 - 2-tone grey camouflage scheme also covering sq markings
36-8511 - 2-tone grey camouflage scheme
46-8561 - 2-tone light blue color scheme
46-8616 - 2-tone light blue color scheme
46-8619 - 2-tone light blue color scheme
56-8664 - 2-tone grey camouflage scheme
56-8672 - 2-tone grey camouflage scheme
76-8705 - 2-tone grey camouflage scheme
Aircraft 8506, 8511, 8561, 8616 and 8705 were all seen in ACM colors on 15 November 1981.

ACM (4) - Autumn 1982

Known participants during this ACM meet were (at least):

202 Hikotai :
36-8526 - Khaki beige camouflage scheme
36-8528 - Khaki beige camouflage scheme
36-8558 - 2-tone blue color scheme
36-8563 - F16 camo color scheme
46-8570 - 2-tone light blue color scheme with fake canopy
56-8684 - Light blue light grey camouflage scheme
56-8710 - Light blue light grey camouflage scheme
Aircraft 8570 was seen in ACM colors on 6 June and in October 1982 while 8558 and 8710 were seen in October 1982. Aircraft 8563 carried an F-16 camouflage scheme just as in 1981. It was seen in October and November 1982.

203 Hikotai :
76-8682 - 2 tone grey camouflage scheme with snake badges
76-8683 - 2 tone grey color scheme
76-8685 - 2 tone grey camouflage scheme
76-8689 - 2 tone grey camouflage scheme
Aircraft 8682, 8685 and 8689 were seen in ACM colors early August 1982 while aircraft 8683 was already seen in June with ACM colors.

204 Hikotai :
36-8531 - Dark oliv-drab overall color scheme
36-8538 - Khaki-blue-green combination colour scheme
36-8563 - 2-tone blue camouflage scheme
46-8637 - Dark oliv-drab overall color scheme
46-8677 - carrying a dark-light combination colour scheme
76-8690 - medium grey colorscheme
Aircraft 8526 had still its ACM colors from the 1981 ACM addition and still had it on 22 November 1982. Aircraft 8531 was seen in ACM colors in March 1982, while aircraft 8538, 8637 amd 8677 were seen already in ACM colors in January, maybe still carrying the scheme from the 1981 meet?? Finally aircraft 8563 was seen flying in ACM colors in October 1982.

207 Hikotai :
36-8511 - Blue-grey camouflage scheme
46-8616 - 2-tone grey camouflage scheme
46-5008 - Olive-green camouflage scheme
Aircraft 8511 was seen flying in ACM colors at Komatsu AB on 8 June 1982 and F-104DJ 5008 was seen in olive-green ACM colors at Komatsu AB on 17 August 1982.

ACM (5) - Autumn 1983

Known participants during this ACM meet were (at least):

203 Hikotai :
56-8673 - Red-white bands around its fuselage.

204 Hikotai :
36-8557 - 2-tone light grey camouflage scheme
36-8558 - Dark grey overall scheme covering also squadron markings
26-5004 - Khaki-light grey camouflage scheme
26-5006 - Khaki-light blue color scheme
Aircraft 8557 was seen with ACM colors in August 1983 while F-104DJ 5006 was still seen with these 1983 ACM colors until at least 7 February 1984..

207 Hikotai :
46-8635 - 2-tone grey camouflage scheme
46-5008 - 3-tone grey camouflage scheme
36-5017 - Green-khaki camouflage scheme
Aircraft 5008 was seen with ACM colors in November 1983.

ACM (6) - Autumn 1984

Known participants during this ACM meet were (at least):

204 Hikotai :
36-8538 - Green-khaki camouflage scheme
26-5006 - Khaki-light blue color scheme
Aircraft F-104J 8538 was seen with these ACM colors on 22 October 1984 while 26-5006 remained its outfit from 1983 till 1984.

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