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Airmen from the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tow an F-15C Eagle into a protective aircraft shelter on Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 12, 2007.  Some base aircraft  were moved into hangars and protective aircraft shelters to keep them safe from fast approaching Typhoon Man-Yi, the first for Okinawa this year.  It's expected to make landfall Friday at Kadena. Sergeant Farr is a crew chief with the 18 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.  U.S. Air Force  photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney

Airmen from the 18th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tow an F-15C Eagle into a protective aircraft shelter on Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 12, 2007. Some base aircraft were moved into hangars and protective aircraft shelters to keep them safe from fast approaching Typhoon Man-Yi, the first for Okinawa this year. It's expected to make landfall Friday at Kadena. Sergeant Farr is a crew chief with the 18 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney

Atushi Matayoshi and Nobunuki Higa clear debris from amain drain for the airfield at Kadena Air Base, Japan on July 12, 2007. The drain is being cleared in preparation of Typhoon Man-Yi, the first typhoon of the year for the base. Mr Matayoshi and Mr Higa are assigned to the ground maintenance section of the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Chrissy FitzGerald

Atushi Matayoshi and Nobunuki Higa clear debris from amain drain for the airfield at Kadena Air Base, Japan on July 12, 2007. The drain is being cleared in preparation of Typhoon Man-Yi, the first typhoon of the year for the base. Mr Matayoshi and Mr Higa are assigned to the ground maintenance section of the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Chrissy FitzGerald

Senior Airman Shawn Denoma salutes as a KC-135 Stratotanker taxis for departure at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 12, 2007, enroute to Anderson Air Force Base, Guam as part of the base's typhoon evacuation.  In preparation for Typhoon Man-Yi, the majority of KC-135 aircraft assigned to the base are being evacuated. Typhoon Man-Yi, the first typhoon of the year for Okinawa, is expected to make landfall Friday at Kadena. Airman Denoma is assigned to 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. U.S. Air Force  photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney

Senior Airman Shawn Denoma salutes as a KC-135 Stratotanker taxis for departure at Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 12, 2007, enroute to Anderson Air Force Base, Guam as part of the base's typhoon evacuation. In preparation for Typhoon Man-Yi, the majority of KC-135 aircraft assigned to the base are being evacuated. Typhoon Man-Yi, the first typhoon of the year for Okinawa, is expected to make landfall Friday at Kadena. Airman Denoma is assigned to 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney

Master Sgt. Lawrence Armstrong (standing) and Staff Sgt. Victor Matus refill sandbags for their building at Kadena Air Base, Japan on July 12, 2007. The sandbags are being filled in preparation of Typhoon Man-Yi, the first typhoon of the year for the base. Both are assigned to the Electronic Warfare Section of the 353rd Maintenance Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Chrissy FitzGerald

Master Sgt. Lawrence Armstrong (standing) and Staff Sgt. Victor Matus refill sandbags for their building at Kadena Air Base, Japan on July 12, 2007. The sandbags are being filled in preparation of Typhoon Man-Yi, the first typhoon of the year for the base. Both are assigned to the Electronic Warfare Section of the 353rd Maintenance Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Chrissy FitzGerald

A 353rd Special Operations Group MC-130 departs Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 12, 2007, enroute to another base in the Pacific as part of the base's typhoon evacuation.  In preparation for Typhoon Man-Yi, base aircraft are either being evacuated or placed in hangars and protective aircraft shelters. Typhoon Man-Yi, the first typhoon of the year for Okinawa, is expected to make landfall Friday at Kadena. U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney

A 353rd Special Operations Group MC-130 departs Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 12, 2007, enroute to another base in the Pacific as part of the base's typhoon evacuation. In preparation for Typhoon Man-Yi, base aircraft are either being evacuated or placed in hangars and protective aircraft shelters. Typhoon Man-Yi, the first typhoon of the year for Okinawa, is expected to make landfall Friday at Kadena. U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kelly Timney