U.S. air force base
located 30 miles outside Tokyo
near the Okutama Mountains
. During World War II
, the Japanese Imperial Army
called it Tama Army Airfield
and used it for testing aircraft such as the Mitsubishi Zero
. In 1946, the Occupation
forces reopened the base and named it Yokota after a nearby village.
The base is currently used for airlift missions throughout East Asia: it houses the 315th Intelligence Squadron, 374th Airlift Wing, and 730th Air Mobility Squadron of the United States Pacific Air Forces. Aircraft in use at Yokota include the C-130 Hercules, C-9 Nightingale and UH-1 Huey. There are about 14,000 troops stationed there.
Yokota was the setting of Murakami Ryu's autobiographical novel Almost Transparent Blue.