Fans of cute girls and military hardware alike have been delighted by the recent display of base mascot Akane Kisarazu and her ita-Cobra attack helicopter as part of Camp Kisarazu’s 40th air festival.
The character appearing on the aircraft – and cosplayed by the pretty girl sitting atop it – is Akane Kisarazu, the mascot of JGSDF Camp Kisarazu, a JGSDF base in Chiba prefecture which houses the 1st Helicopter Brigade and hosts its own matsuri, in this case hosted by 4ATH, the 4th anti-tank helicopter squadron:
The vital statistics of Akane Kisarazu:
Name: Akane Kisarazu (木更津茜)
Rank: 1st Lieutenant
Skill: Combat pilot
BWH: STATE SECRET
Hobbies: Cooking & outdoor activities
The helicopter she appears on is a AH-1S Cobra (the unit having not yet received their AH-64D Apaches), a modernised variant of the USA’s venerable AH-1 Cobra produced under license in Japan until 2000.
Whether the cosplayer in question is actually a serving member of the air force is unfortunately not clear – though judging by the number of Japanese vowing to enlist after seeing her, her power as a recruitment aid is as great either way.
The base festival of course had plenty of serious military posturing on display as well (mili-ota field promotions to those who can identify all aircraft featured):