Hercules may become centerpiece of Yokota monument park

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Japanese employees work on a memorial to John F. Kennedy at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. The monument, dedicated to the late president shortly after his assassination in November 1963, was moved from a traffic circle to a park that will open in September. 	 Aaron Kidd/Stars and Stripes
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Japanese employees work on a memorial to John F. Kennedy at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. The monument, dedicated to the late president shortly after his assassination in November 1963, was moved from a traffic circle to a park that will open in September. Aaron Kidd/Stars and Stripes

Hercules may become centerpiece of Yokota monument park

by: Leon Cook and Allen Onstott | .
Stars and Stripes | .
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.
 
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