Hercules may become centerpiece of Yokota monument park
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published: August 18, 2016
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A C-130 Hercules transport plane, soon to be replaced by newer models at Yokota, could become the centerpiece of a new monument park in the works at the western Tokyo air base.
The park, which is currently under construction near the base library, already has nine monuments — including one dedicated to John. F. Kennedy donated by Japanese base workers shortly after the president’s 1963 assassination. The monuments were relocated to the new park from spots throughout the installation.
Park designers have left room for a “Herc” to honor the aircraft’s 36-year history at Yokota, said civil engineer Marco Furlan.
Later this year, the wing is scheduled to replace 14 of the aging aircraft with newer C-130J models that will share ramp space with a squadron of CV-22 tilt-rotor Ospreys due to start flying out of Tokyo in 2017.