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U.S. military aircraft and personnel from Japan, Okinawa and Hawaii are part of the American exposition this weekend at the 2007 Australian International Airshow, according to a 13th Air Force news release issued Thursday.

The six-day event, at Avalon Airport in southern Australia, is the country’s largest air show. Gen. Paul V. Hester, the Pacific Air Forces commander, took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday to open the U.S. exhibit.

Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines will appear before an audience of Australian and Pacific region defense leaders, government officials and the public, the release stated.

The show features displays showcasing Air Force history and capabilities.

Aircraft from several Pacific Command bases also have been rolled out. They include F-16s from Misawa Air Base, Japan; F-15s and an E-3 from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa; a C-17 from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; and F/A-18s from Carrier Air Wing 5 at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan.

Sailor suspected of smashing windowYOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A Japanese prosecutor’s office is considering charging a USS John S. McCain sailor arrested for smashing a train station window.

A Kanagawa Prefectural Police spokesman said Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel James Weidig, 24, allegedly punched and broke a glass window at Misakiguchi station on the Keikyu Line at about 7:50 a.m. last Sunday.

The spokesman said Weidig appeared to be drunk when he was arrested that morning on suspicion of destruction of property. The value of the window was set at about $680.

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