And in this impressive pic we have here, showing the mother of all elephant walks, we get no less than eight types of military aircraft, and a total of no less than 34 machines. Not all of them, sadly, are seen here, but the ones we do see give us a pretty decent sense of how the whole thing might have looked like.
In this image, leading the pack and spreading throughout the herd are twelve F-35A Lightning IIs operated by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. The second row, and some of the other ones, is occupied by no less than sixteen F-16CM Fighting Falcons, deployed with the USAF.
Further back, two Japanese E-2C Hawkeyes proudly display their massive dishes, and a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon completes the formation.
On deck for the display, but not visible in the main pic of this piece, were also a Navy EA-18G Growler and C-12 Huron, but also a Japanese CH-47 Chinook.
According to the Air Force, the elephant walk took place at the Misawa Air Base in Japan in mid-May and was the culmination of a week-long readiness exercise.
This particular formation was not just for show, but part of a “routine exercise scenario testing the 35th Fighter Wing's ability to generate airpower in support of the defense of Japan and other partner nations.”