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Japan Coast Guard: Aircraft Data File

jcgys-11The Japan Coast Guard’s first NAMC YS-11A JA8701 made its maiden flight on January 27, 1969. Almost exactly 42 years later, on January 19, 2011, Blue Eleven was operated on the last flight of
a Japanese-registered YS-11, to Miho AB in Tottori Prefecture. The following day, she was
transferred to JASDF ownership for spares.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

This section provides ongoing information on the aircraft operated over the years by the Maritime Safety Agency (MSA), which changed its English name to Japan Coast Guard (JCG) on April 1, 2000.

Divided into fixed- and rotor-wing aircraft, the types covered are as follows:

Beech 18 Bombardier
Dash 8-Q300
Cessna
Turbo Skyhawk JT-A
NAMC YS-11
Beechcraft
King Air 200
Cessna 185 Dassault
Falcon 900
SAAB 340
Beechcraft
King Air 350
Cessna
U206G Stationair
Gulfstream
G-V Sea Watch
Short SC-7 Skyvan 

 

AgustaWestland AW139 Bell 47D-1 Bell  505 Jetranger X Sikorsky S-55
Airbus Helicopters
AS332L-1 Super Puma
Bell 206B
Jetranger
Kawasaki-Bell
47G-2/KH-4
Sikorsky S-58
Sikorsky S-62
Airbus Helicopters
EC225LP
Bell 212
Bell 412/412EP
Kawasaki-Hughes
369HS
Sikorsky S-76

Appearing at the foot of this page is another table, giving the in-service years and numbers received of JCG aircraft types in chronological order.

JCG Says Sayonara to Its Last Bell 212

JCG 2nd Region MH930(Photo: 2nd Region, Japan Coast Guard)

While the JGSDF in February 2016 bade farewell to the last of its Mitsubishi LR-1s, another familiar—and on occasion for many welcome—sight had already disappeared from Japan’s skies.

During the course of 2015, no less than a dozen Japan Coast Guard Bell 212s were withdrawn from service. On January 13, 2016, a ceremony was held in a hangar at the 2nd Region’s operations base at Sendai airport, Miyagi Prefecture. The centre of attention was the last example (JA9930), which had been flown on its last patrol flight along the Miyagi coast before decommissioning on December 11, 2015.

JA9930 NiigataThis November 2011 shot shows JA9930 in its previous guise as the long-serving resident helicopter at
the 9th Region’s base at Niigata airport, where the aircraft bore the name
Nihonkai (Sea of Japan).
Initially operated from the region’s patrol vessel
Echigo, JA9930 was assigned to the shore base
from February 1990. Clearly visible atop the rotor head is the seesaw-type Bell stabilizer bar
designed to improve handling during the hover. (
Photo: Cp9asngf via Wikimedia Commons)

JA9930During its brief final assignment at Sendai, what was to be the last JCG Bell 212 was named Shiokaze
(Sea Breeze). Having entered service in March 1989, the aircraft was instrumental in the saving of 
61 lives on 39 of its many missions.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

Dating back to the days of the Maritime Safety Agency in December 1973, a cumulative total of 38 Bell 212s were operated from 14 JCG air bases and the decks of 12 ships, making the JCG the world’s largest operator of the type.

Among the 150 or so attendees marking the end of a 42-year service career was Tōru Doi, who coincidentally hails from Miyagi and holds the post of Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and Tourism, the government body to which the JCG reports. Also present was Richard Thornley, in-country representative managing director for Bell Helicopter, who have seen their pre-eminent position as a supplier of helicopters to the JCG eroded by AgustaWestland and Sikorsky; the last of the recently delivered batch of 11 Sikorsky S-76D replacements was also parked in the hangar during the ceremony.

Bell 212 decommissioningHaving a number of selected people step up to gradually paint out an aircraft’s name traditionally
forms the main event at any JCG aircraft decommissioning ceremony. This photo was taken
at Sendai on June 30, 2015, when the previous
Shiokaze (JA9566) was withdrawn from use.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

Fixed-Wing Types

Beech 18 variants
Registration c/n Dates Reg’d to MSA/
Withdrawn from Use
Notes
JA5150 BA-732 Oct. 21, 1974
Apr. 11, 1981
 (H18) Originally (Oct. 65) registered to Transport
 Ministry (Civil Aviation College) at Miyazaki
 airport, solely to Civil Aviation College at Sendai
 from Nov. 1972
 Based at Niigata during time with MSA
 Acquired by Kyoritsu Air Survey Co., Ltd.
 Used from June 1984 to 2012 as instructional
 airframe by Kumamoto Insitute of Technology
 (now Sojo University) (link)
 Reg’n cancelled Apr. 2012
 In Mar. 2015, assembled for display at Kokubu
 Shiroyama Park, Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture
JA5172 BA-763 Oct. 21, 1974
Jan. 13, 1981
 (H18) ex N2080A, originally (Jan. 1970) reg’d to
 Itoh Aviation at Chofu airport

 Reg’d to Transport Ministry (Civil Aviation College)
 at Sendai, Mar. 1970
 Reg’d solely to Civil Aviation College, Nov. 1972
 In MSA service based at Ishigaki (from Oct. 1974),
 Naha 
(from Jan. 1975) and back to Sendai
 (from Dec. 1979)

 Sold to Sendai-based Japanese owner June 8, 1981,
 to USA May 1985, reg’n cancelled May 30, 1985

JA5173 BA-764 Oct. 11, 1974
Aug. 30, 1980
 (H18) ex N2088A, originally (Jan. 1970) reg’d to
 Itoh Aviation, Chofu airport

 Reg’d to Transport Ministry (Civil Aviation College)
 at Sendai, Mar. 1970

 Reg’d solely to Civil Aviation College, Nov. 1972

 In MSA service based at Fukuoka (1974), Naha (from
 June 1977) and Hiroshima (from Mar. 1980)

 Reg’d to Pacifica International Trading Dec. 15, 1981,
 sold to Palau → N26493.
 Japanese reg’n cancelled Dec. 25, 1981

JA5501 BA-125

Both reg’d
Jan. 30, 1956

JA5501 wfu

Feb. 27, 1979

JA5502 wfu
Dec. 27, 1979

 

 (E18S) Based at Haneda, Kagoshima from Apr. 1975,
 Fukuoka from June 1977

 Disposed of Mar. 24, 1981, placed on display at
 Hata Bulldozer Construction, M
iyawaka,
 Fukuoka Prefecture.
Reg’n cancelled Mar. 27, 1981
JA5502 BA-126  (E18S) Based at Tateyama, Hiroshima airport (today’s
 Hiroshima
airfield) from Apr. 1971, Haneda from
 Sept. 1972, Sendai from
June 1977.
 Sold to U.S. owner as N8475D
 Japanese reg’n cancelled July 21, 1980
JA5503 BA-551 Nov. 10, 1960
Jan. 30, 1980
 (G18S) ex N353Z, based at Kagoshima airport
 Reg’n cancelled Apr. 18, 1981, displayed on roof of
 Azuma Hospital, Kumamoto, by hospital’s owner,
 Kenichi Azuma
JA5505 BA- 617 Sept. 5, 1962
Mar. 14, 1980
 (G18S) Acquired Sept. 1962, based at Kagoshima
 Dismantled Mar. 1980, reg’n cancelled Apr. 18, 1981

 Also obtained by Kenichi Azuma (see JA5503),
 placed on display at Kumamoto City Museum
 (See photos below)
JA5506 BA-712 Oct. 23, 1964
Feb. 22, 1980
 (H18) Based at Sendai, Haneda from Apr. 1971,
 Hiroshima from Sept. 1972, reg’n cancelled
 July 21, 1980
 Sold to U.S. owner as N8475E
JA5507 BA-731 Sept. 1, 1965
Sept. 13, 1980
 (H18) Based at Sendai
 Aircraft disposed of June 30, 1981,
 reg’n cancelled July 1, 1981
JA5508 BA-751 Jan. 31, 1968
Sept. 13, 1980
 (H18) ex N7025N, originally (Nov. 1967) reg’d to
 Itoh Aviation,
Chofu airport. Based at Chitose airport
 Reg’n cancelled July 9, 1981, placed on display at
 Aviation & Science Museum, Takikawa, Hokkaido
JA5509 BA-762 Dec. 19, 1969
Dec. 12, 1980
 (H18) ex N2079A, originally (Oct. 1969) reg’d to
 Itoh Aviation,
Chofu airport. Based at Chitose airport
 Reg’n cancelled Feb. 19, 1981, placed on display at
 a flower shop and then Hakucho No. 2 kindergarten,
 both in Tomakomai, Hokkaido Prefecture
 

JCG Beech JA5503Beech G18S comes into land at Kagoshima Airport in March 1978. (Photo: Takao Kadokami)

Beech G18S JA5505, Then & Now

JA5505Its pristine natural metal finish gleaming, the then newly arrived Beech G18S JA5505 undergoes pre-service maintenance checks in a hangar at Chofu airport, Tokyo, on Oct. 1, 1962.
(Photo & copy: Kenji Murakoshi)

JA5505 2012 Fast forward 50 years to Dec. 2012, and JA5505 sports the colour scheme from its MSA days at the Kumamoto City Museum, where the aircraft remains to this day.
(Photo: Chikara Matsuno)

Beechcraft King Air 200/B200T
Registration c/n Name(s) Notes
JA8810 BT-5    ex N2071C, reg’d Nov. 1, 1979, wfu
JA8811 BT-6    ex N2071D, reg’d Nov. 13, 1979, wfu
JA8812 BT-7    ex N2071X, reg’d Nov. 30, 1979, wfu
JA8813 BT-8    ex N2071Y, reg’d Dec. 27, 1979, wfu
JA8814 BT-9    ex N2071Z, reg’d Jan. 30, 1980, wfu
JA8815 BT-11    ex N60576, reg’d June 11, 1980, wfu
JA8816 BT-12    ex N60581, reg’d June 11, 1980, wfu
JA8817 BT-13 Sashiba 1 → Naniwa 1  (B200T, ex N60587)
 reg’d June 11, 1980, del. Sept. 13, 1980
 wfu N45E June 2005
JA8818 BT-14 Toki 1  ex N6059C, reg’d Aug. 1, 1980
 wfu N44U Mar. 2005
JA8819 BT-15 Pirika  ex N6059D, reg’d Oct. 6, 1980,
 del. Dec. 12, 1980,
wfu  → N41R Aug. 2005
JA8820 BT-16 Umineko  ex N60603, reg’d Nov. 18, 1980
 del. Jan. 23, 1981,
wfu
 → N130RL Mar. 2005
JA8824 BT-17 Omoto  ex N3718Q, reg’d Sept. 2, 1981, del. Oct. 29, 1981
 wfu Diamond Air Service K.K. May 2007
JA8825 BT-19    ex N3718N, reg’d Oct. 20, 1981, wfu 
JA8829 BT-22 Sashiba 2  ex N1841K, reg’d June 18, 1982, del. July 23, 1982
 wfu N140RL June 2007
JA8833 BT-28 Sakurajima  ex N1846M, del. Jan. 20, 1984, wfu
 → N170RL June 2009
JA8854 BT-31

Naniwa 2?

Umineko

 (B200T, ex N72392) Del. Oct. 2, 1987
 Damaged in Mar. 2011 tsunami
 Reg’n canx’d June 2, 2011 N52L Aug. 2011
JA8860 BT-32

Umitsubame

Toki?Umineko

 (B200T, ex N1384A) Del. Oct. 14, 1988.
 Decomm’d in fiscal 2010,
 recomm’d June 15, 2011 U.S. summer 2014
Last updated: Apr. 29, 2016

jcgb200The last of nine King Air 200s delivered to the JCG in the 1980s, JA8860 was recommissioned 20112014 to replace an aircraft damaged by the tsunami. Only one (JA8824) remains in Japan,
the rest having all been sold to U.S. operators.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

Beechcraft King Air 350
Registration c/n Name(s) Notes
JA861A FL-180

Ajisashi

Etopirika

 ex N18237, del. Mar. 24, 1999
 (Commissioned on same day)
JA862A FL-188

Kanmuriwashi

Kinbato

 ex N18297, del. Mar. 24, 1999
JA863A FL-191

Mihotaka 1

Toki

 ex N11191, del. Mar. 24, 1999
JA864A FL-193

Mihotaka 2

Toki

 ex N11250, del. Apr. 21, 1999
JA865A FL-195

Kinbato

Hakutaka

 ex N11278, del. Apr. 20, 1999
JA866A BT-218

Umikamome

Etopirika

 ex N2352N, del. Feb. 18, 2000
JA867A BT-222

Toki 2

Kinbato

 ex N23272, del. Feb. 18, 2000
JA868A BT-292

Etopirika

Umikamome

 ex N3192N, del. Aug. 31, 2001
JA869A BT-295 Hakutaka
 ex N3195T. del. Aug. 31, 2001
 Damaged by Mar. 2011
tsunami,
 decomm’d May 15, 2011, reg’n
 canx’d June 15, 2011
JA870A BT-297

Akitaka

Umikamome

 ex N3197N, del. Aug. 31, 2001
Last updated: Feb. 15, 2015

JA868ABeechcraft King Air 350 JA868A was among the last batch of three delivered in August 2001. Having started its career at Shin-Chitose Airport in Hokkaido, the aircraft is currently based at Fukuoka and bears the name Umikamome (Seagull). (Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

JCG Beech 300Beech King Air 350 JA862A during its time serving as Kanmuriwashi (crested serpent eagle) with the
11th Region from Naha.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

Bombardier Dash 8-Q300 (DHC-8-315Q MPA)
Registration c/n Name Notes
JA720A 651 Shimataka 1  Del. Jan. 10, 2009, commissioned Feb. 10, 2009
JA721A 652 Shimataka 2  Del. Jan. 16, 2009
JA722A 656 Mizunagi  ex C-FOIY, del. Feb. 13, 2009
JA723A 668 Oowashi  Del. Nov. 3, 2009
JA724A 669 Oowashi  Del. Jan. 12, 2010
JA725A 672 Mizunagi  ex C-FXAP (May 2009), del. Jan. 20, 2011
JA726A 564 Mihotaka  ex PH-DMP (Mar. 2001), EC-IDK, C-FYRO
 del. Dec. 23, 2010
JA727B 586 Ootaka  ex EC-IGS (2002), PH-DXA, EC-LFH (2010),
 C-GNUD,
del. in Japan Feb. 10, 2014
JA728A 561 Mihotaka  ex PH-DMI (Feb. 2001), EC-IBT, C-FYRQ
 del. in Japan Feb. 16, 2011
Last updated: Feb. 15, 2015

JA724AShin-Chitose Airport-based Dash 8-Q300 JA724A Oowashi (Steller’s Sea Eagle) on patrol over typical Hokkaido winter scenery. Converted for the search and rescue role by Field Aviation in Toronto, the type was selected in December 2006; deliveries commenced in early 2009. (Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

Cessna 185
Registration c/n Reg’d to MSA Notes
JA3302 0158 Sept. 18, 1961

 (ex N9958X, N11B) Built June 15, 1961.
 Acquired as quick replacement for Ministry of
 Education, Science and Culture DHC-2 Beaver
 floatplane JA3111 that sunk off
Kamaishi, Iwate
 Prefecture, on Feb. 16, 1961.

 Used on sixth Antarctic research expedition
 Nov. 1961, then for MSA pilot training.

 Sustained extensive damage when overturned on
 landing at Hiroshima airport, Apr. 28, 1964.

 Reg’n cancelled Oct. 12, 1964

JA3303 774 Oct. 28, 1964

 (Cessna 185C, ex N5974T, N11B)
 Based Hiroshima, retired Dec. 23, 1977
 Reg’n cancelled Dec. 26, 1977

 

 

Cessna Turbo Skyhawk JT-A (Cessna 172S)
Registration c/n Notes
JA391A 172S11689   
JA392A 172S11732  
JA393A 172S11733  At Kounan Airport as white aircraft N542EJ Jan. 21, 2018
JA394A 172S11734  
JA395A 172S11735  
 Order for five aircraft announced September 27, 2017 (See Bulletin Board report)
 Four seen at Kounan Airport, Okayama Prefecture in February 2018 (link1) (link2)
 First commissioned Mar. 1, 2018. All named Amatsubame (White-rumped Swift)
 Last updated: July 2, 2018

Japan Coast Guard Cessna 172S(Photo: 1st Region, Japan Coast Guard)

Cessna U206G Stationair 6
Registration c/n Name Notes
JA3790 03958 Setotsubame  ex N756BK, reg’d Nov. 14, 1977, del. Dec. 23, 1977
 wfu Jan. 2015
 

JA3790Equipped with a ventral door to enable the dropping of rescue equipment, the JCG Cessna U206G was used to monitor oil pollution on the Seto Inland Sea and for pilot training.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

As reported in the April 2015 issue of Aireview, the JCG Cessna U206G Stationair and a Bell 212 (JA9550, see below) were withdrawn from use at a ceremony held at Hiroshima Air Station on January 22, 2015.

In the case of the Cessna, in addition to the speeches, the presentation of a bouquet of flowers to the aircraft’s chief pilot and the anointing of the engine cowling with rice wine, the ceremony for the first time included a series of five final taxying runs along the Hiroshima runway. Station personnel and the local Coast Guard Friends’ Society had been asked to apply for the privilege of taking one of the 15 seats available.

JA3790 090218Setotsubame (Seto [Inland Sea] Swallow) arrives back at its Hiroshima Airport base in February 2009. The aircraft was taxied along the runway for the last time on January 22, 2015.
(Photo: Masato Motoya [Blue W!ngs])

In its 37 years of service the aircraft had been airborne for a total of 15,237 hours. Aside from its age, another deciding factor was the prohibitive cost of aviation fuel of the type needed for reciprocating engines, a fuel that is no longer manufactured in Japan.

The ceremony ended with each of the participants taking turns to paint out a Japanese character of the aircraft name on the sides of the aircraft.

(Additional information taken from the Kaiho Shimbun [Coast Guard Newspaper], the organ of the Japan Coast Guard Foundation.)

Dassault Falcon 900
Registration c/n Names Notes
JA8570 53 Ootaka 1
(from Sept. 1989)
Chiyurawashi 1
(from May 12, 2005)
 Del. to first owner as N438FJ May 1988.
 Initial del. to JCG June 16, 1989
 Reg’d Sept. 89 (to Sony Trading?)
 Commissioned
in Japan Sept. 27, 1989
JA8571 56

Ootaka 2
(from Sept. 1989)

Chiyurawashi 2
(from May 12, 2005)

 Del. to first owner as N440FJ May 1988
 To Sony Aviation Inc. Apr. 1989

 Initial del. to JCG July 12, 1989
 Reg’d Sept. 89 (to Sony Trading?)

 Del. in Japan Sept. 27, 1989
Last updated: Feb. 15, 2015

050613(1)cCarrying a local girl and some other invited guests, one of the two JCG Falcon 900s takes off from Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, on June 13, 2005. A name unveiling ceremony was held that day, a month and a day after the two aircraft had changed base from Haneda. A commemorative gift was presented to the girl, who had won a competition to think of a name for the aircraft. Incorporating a word in the Okinawan dialect, her winning entry was Chiyurawashi (Beautiful Eagle).
(Photo: 11th Region, Japan Coast Guard)

JA8570 contri
A comparison of the colour schemes sported by one of the two Falcon 900s operated by the
MSA/JCG since 1988.

(Above) During their time based at Haneda, the aircraft sported the words Maritime Safety Agency in bus company style along the lower fuselage. (Photo: contri via Wikimedia Commons)
(Below) The arrival of the G-V SeaWatch aircraft prompted a move to Naha, the 2000 name change to Japan Coast Guard the more up-to-date design that features the lettering in airline style above the fuselage windows. (Photo [Naha, Nov. 2014]: Tom Meikle)

JCG Falcon (Tom Meikle)
Falcon 2000 MSA(Illustration: Dassault Aviation)

Dassault Aviation announced on April 22, 2015, that the JCG had selected the Falcon 2000 Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA, artist’s impression above) to enhance its fleet. Not provided at that time, the contract covers five aircraft for delivery from March 2019. Based on the long-range Falcon 2000 LXS business jet, the acquisition was said to have come after an international competition. Dassault’s partners in the project are L-3 Platform Integration and THALES.

Gulfstream Aerospace G-V Sea Watch
Registration c/n Name Notes
JA500A 683 Umiwashi  Del. Sept. 25, 2002
 (to Marubeni Aerospace Corp. as N683GA)
 R
e-reg’d JA500A Apr. 14, 2005
 Commissioned
 JCG May 12, 2005
JA501A 689 Umiwashi  Del. Dec. 20, 2002
 (to Marubeni Aerospace Corp. as N689GA)

 Re-reg’d JA501A Nov. 12, 2004
 Commissioned
 JCG Jan. 7, 2005
Last updated: Feb. 15, 2015

JA500A YamaguchiThe first of the G-V Sea Watch aircraft delivered to the Japan Coast Guard in 2002, JA500A speeds in for a landing on Runway 22 at Tokyo International Airport in March 2007. The photo was taken from the park on adjacent Keihinjima island. (Photo: Yoshiaki Yamaguchi via Wikimedia Commons)

JA501A 110115 Ikarasawa WCMoving at a somewhat more sedate pace, sister aircraft JA501A is seen taxying at its home base in January 2011. Housing the aircraft’s high-performance search radar and a retractable
forward-looking infrared system, the underfuselage “canoe” is clearly visible.
(Photo: Ikarasawa via Wikimedia Commons)

NAMC YS-11A variants
Registration c/n Name(s) Notes
JA8701 2093 Buruerebun  (YS-11A-207) ff Jan. 27, 1969

 Del. Haneda Mar. 20, 1969, last flight Jan. 19, 2011
 (Reg’n canx’d/
transferred to JASDF Jan. 20, 2011,
 aircraft to Miho AB for spares)

JA8702 2175 Ojiro (Sept. 29, 1997)
Buruerebun
(May 25, 2005)
 (-207) ff Oct. 28, 1971

 Del. Haneda Nov. 29, 1971, reg’n canx’d Mar. 2, 2010
 Engineless, used for spares at JMSDF Shimofusa

JA8780 2164 Shurei 1  (-213) ff Sept. 1, 1971

 Del. Mar. 2, 1979, reg’n canx’d Nov. 16, 2009
 Used for spares at JMSDF Shimofusa 2010

JA8782 2167 Ojiro 2  (-213) ff Jan. 26, 1971

 Leased to ANA Feb. 25, 1971

 Leased back to NAMC June 30, 1978
 Converted to JCG standard,
del. Chitose Feb. 2, 1979
 Transferred Haneda Dec. 17, 2009

 Reg’n canx’d Mar. 2, 2010
 To JMSDF Shimofusa for spares 2010

JA8791 2177 Shurei 2  (-213) ff Feb. 8, 1973

 Leased to ANA Feb. 21, 1971

 Leased back to NAMC Mar. 15, 1978
 Converted to JCG standard,
del. Naha Dec. 1, 1978

 Reg’n canx’d Nov. 16, 2009
 Stored at Haneda then JMSDF Shimofusa

Last updated: Feb. 15, 2015

JCG YS-11 JA8702 Maritime Safety Agency YS-11 JA8702 is parked next to the organization’s Short Skyvan at Oita Airport, February 1979 (Photo: Takao Kadokami)
 JCG YS-11 2004The first YS-11 received by the Japan Coast Guard climbs out from Tokyo International Airport in January 2004, when Blue Eleven was still seven years away from retirement.
(Photo: Paul Spijkers via Wikimedia Commons)

SAAB 340 variants
Registration c/n Name(s) Notes
JA953A 340B-362

Hayabusa

 (340B+SAR) ff June 8, 1994

 ex VH-TCH (1994), N362JE, N678PA (2004)

 Reg’d Feb. 2007

JA954A 340B-363

Hayabusa

 (340B+SAR) ff Sept. 7, 1994

 ex F-GMVY (1994), SE-KCZ, XA-ADY, N363JJ (2005)

 Reg’d Feb. 2007

JA8951 340B-385

Hamataka 1

Hayabusa (2004-06+)

Umitsubame

 (340B-SAR) ex SE-C85, ff Feb. 9, 1996

 reg’d Apr. 97, commissioned July 28, 1997

JA8952 340B-405

Hamataka 1

Hayabusa (2004-06+)

Umitsubame

 (340B-SAR) ex SE-B05, ff Feb. 27, 1997

 reg’d May 97, del. Sept. 9, 1997

Last updated: Feb. 15, 2015

SE-C85
(Above) Bearing its pre-delivery registration, the later MSA SAAB 340B-SAR JA8951 was sighted at
Faro, Portugal, in 1996.
(Photo: Pedro Aragao via Wikimedia Commons)
Its sister aircraft JA8952 is seen taxying in the evening glow at Kansai International in March 2006. (Photo: Johan Menten via Wikimedia Commons)

JA8952

JA954ATaxying out at Kansai International November 2008 is the second of the two used SAAB 340Bs that had been converted to +SR standard and confusingly registered out of sequence the year before.
(Photo: Alec Wilson via Wikimedia Commons)

Short SC.7 Skyvan 3-200
Registration c/n Name Notes
JA8800 SH1939 Sukaiba-do
(Skybird)
 Rolled out Feb. 5, 1975, ex G-BCIB
 J-registered to Ataka Sangyo Mar. 12, 1975
 To JCG Mar. 31, 1975 (based at Haneda).
 Registered to ITC Aerospace parked at Ryugasaki,
 Ibaraki Prefecture, Aug. 28, 1997.
 Sold to Australia Sept. 5, 1997
 J-registration cancelled Sept. 30, 1997
JA8803 SH1954 Akitaka  Rolled out ?, ex G-BEOL
 J-registered to Ataka Sangyo Aug. 19, 1977
 To JCG Sept. 21, 1977 (based at Haneda).
 Based at Hiroshima airport Aug. 1981.
 To ITC Aerospace parked at Ryugasaki,
 Ibaraki Prefecture, Nov. 17, 1997.
 Sold to Australia Dec. 10, 1997
 J-registration cancelled Dec. 11, 1997
 

JCG Skyvan  JA8800

(Above) Sporting the Maritime Safety Agency’s colour scheme, Short Skyvan JA8800 is seen parked at Oita Airport in February 1979. (Photo: Takao Kadokami)
(Below) The same aircraft in the Japan Coast Guard colour scheme (Photo: contri via Wikimedia Commons)

JA8800

Rotor-Wing Types

AgustaWestland AW139
Registration c/n Name(s) Notes
JA960A 31204 Okitaka 1
Kamitaka 1
 Commissioned Mar. 31, 2008
JA961A 31206 Okitaka 2  Reg’d Mar. 2008
JA962A 31207 Manazuru 1
→ Setowashi 2
 Reg’d Feb. 2008
JA963A 31216 Manazuru 2
→ Setowashi 1
 Reg’d Jan. 2009
JA964A 31218 Mihozuru 1
Kamitaka 2
 Reg’d Jan. 2009
JA965A 31354 Mihozuru 2
 Commissioned Dec. 16, 2011
JA966A 31357 Kanmuriwashi 1  Commissioned Dec. 16, 2011
JA967A 31358 Raichou 1  Commissioned Mar. 16, 2012
JA968A 31360 Umisuzume  Commissioned Mar. 13, 2012
JA969A 31361 Kanmuriwashi 2
→ Hamachidori
 Commissioned Mar. 16, 2012
JA970A 31362 Raichou 2  Reg’d Dec. 2011, commissioned Mar. 13
 (ceremony Mar. 27), 2012
JA971A 31426 Kanmuriwashi  
JA972A 31438 Kanmuriwashi  
JA973A 31437 Mihozuru  ex I-RAIN
JA974A 31488 Okitaka 1  
JA975A 31494 Okitaka 2  ex I-PTFS
JA976A 31513 Manazuru  
JA977A 31514 Manazuru  
Last updated: Feb. 15, 2015

JA961AThe AW139s assigned to the 8th Region bear the name Mihozuru, a combination of the air station name and the word for crane, a bird that is imbued with deep cultural significance in Japan. Beating off competition from the Eurocopter EC155 and Sikorsky S-76D, AgustaWestland landed the contract
to replace the JCG’s Bell 212s in October 2006.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

Airbus Helicopters (Aerospatiale) AS332L-1 Super Puma
Registration c/n Name(s) Notes
JA6685 2332 Wakataka  ex F-WYMK. Commissioned Apr. 7, 1992.
 Caught in tsunami when on maintenance at Sendai,
 Mar. 11, 2011, decommissioned June 15, 2011
JA6686 2350 Umitaka  Commissioned Apr. 7, 1992
JA6805 2448 Wakawashi 1  ex F-WQDA. Del. May 29, 1997
JA6806 2451 Wakawashi 2
→ Umitaka
 ex F-WQDB. Del. May 29, 1997
Last updated: Feb. 15, 2015

JA6805In the 1990s, the heaviest helicopter type in JCG service was the AS332L1 Super Puma. Delivered in April 1992, JA6686 Umitaka (Seahawk) was one of the first pair that were built to military specification to escort vessels carrying plutonium for Japan’s nuclear power stations. As a result of the sterling
service these aircraft and their five-man crews provided in the aftermath of the earthquake that
struck Kobe in 1995, two civil examples were added in 1997.
(Photo: 3rd Region, Japan Coast Guard)

Airbus Helicopters H225 (Eurocopter EC225LP)
Registration c/n Name Notes
JA687A 2663 Mimizuku  Commissioned Mar. 28, 2008
JA688A 2670 Mimizuku  Reg’d Mar. 2008
JA689A 2854 Akitaka  Reg’d Dec. 2013
JA690A 2883 Akitaka  Airlifted to Japan and reg’d Jan. 2014
 Delivered Sept. 2014
JA691A 2921 Inuwashi  Delivered Jan. 23, 2015
       H225 ordered Mar. 2016 for 2018 delivery
       Three H225s ordered June 2017 for
                          delivery by February 2020
       H225 ordered April 2018 for
                          delivery by March 2021
Last updated: Apr. 26, 2018

JA688AKansai International Airport-based EC225LP JA688A Mimizuku (Horned Owl) hovers over the deck of Settsu (PLH07), the patrol vessel assigned to the 5th Region. (Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

 

Bell 47D-1
Registration c/n Notes
JA7101 649  Based at Tokyo Heliport, conversion to ’G-2A recorded Oct. 12, 1963.
 B
ase changed to Ise airport, Oct. 11, 1968, to Tokyo International Airport June 21, 1972. Reg’n cancelled July 10, 1973
JA7102 650  Based at Tokyo Heliport, conversion to ’G-2A recorded Oct. 12, 1963.
 Base changed to Hiroshima airport. R
eg’n cancelled July 10,
 1973, but aircraft dismantled July 4, 1973, for display at JCG Academy, Kure
JA7103 657  Based at Tokyo Heliport, conversion to ’G-2A recorded Oct. 12, 1963,
 base changed to Niigata airport. 
Reg’n cancelled Aug. 2, 1973
JA8802 660  MSA Tateyama Sqn, reg’n cancelled June 17, 1964
 → JMSDF 8722
JA8803 661  MSA Tateyama Sqn, reg’n cancelled June 17, 1964
 → JMSDF 8723
 (*) First three imported and assembled at Tokyo (Suzaki) heliport in June 1953.
 Registered to 
MSA June 25, commissioned at Tateyama July 2, bestowed with numbers 101-103 at ceremony at Tokyo heliport July 10, 1953. Converted to Kawasaki-Bell 47G-2As in 1963. 
 JA8802/3 both registered to MSA Aug. 26, 1963. See below for Kawasaki-Bell 47G-2/KH-4.

 

Bell 206B Jetranger
Registration c/n Name(s) Notes
JA6082 4149 Abi 1  Del. June 26, 1991
JA6176 4380 Ooruri  Del. Mar. 22, 1996
JA6177 4381 Hachidori Ooruri  Del. Mar. 22, 1996
JA6178 4383 Abi 2 Ooruri  Del. Mar. 22, 1996

 Decommissioned June 15, 2011

JA9116 940    ex N58061, reg’d June 18, 1973, based Yao,
 Haneda (Sept. 1983), Sendai July 1987
 Sold to U.S owner 1996 → N888LH
JA9117 941    ex N58062, reg’d June 18, 1973
 w/o June 18, 1998. Scrapped Aug. 31, 1989,
 reg’n cancelled Sept. 12, 1989
JA9118 942    ex N58063, reg’d June 26, 1973, based Yao,
 Haneda (Sept. 1983). Reg’n cancelled June 24,
 1996, sold to Australian owner 1996
JA9119 947    ex N58064, reg’d June 26, 1973, based
 Hiroshima (Sept. 1983). Passed to first of two
 Japanese owners Oct. 1996 before sold to
 U.S. owner Oct. 2000
Notes: JA9116-JA9119 Bell 206B JetRanger II, others Bell 206B JetRanger III
Former Nara Prefectural Police Bell 206L-3 LongRanger (c/n 51225) acquired 2009 for ground
instruction at JCG Miyagi Branch School, Sendai, scrapped after damaged by March 2011 tsunami
Last updated: Feb. 24, 2015

JA6177One of three Bell 206B Jetrangers in JCG service, JA6177 Ooruri (Blue and White Flycatcher) was transferred from Haneda to Sendai to replace a sister aircraft damaged beyond economical repair
in the March 2011 tsunami. In view of the extensive time spent on overwater pollution control and
training missions, all these aircraft are fitted with skid-mounted flotation devices
.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

Bell 212
Registration c/n Name(s) Notes
JA9516 30583    ex N58076, reg’d Nov. 5, 1973 
 Commissioned Dec. 1973 / Decomm’d Feb. 1995
JA9517 30587    ex N58086, reg’d Nov. 19, 1973
 C Dec. 1973 / D Nov. 1995
JA9518 30591    ex N83259, reg’d Nov. 19, 1973
 C Jan. 1974 / D Feb. 1997
JA9519 30592    ex N83262, reg’d Nov. 19, 1973
 C Feb. 194 / D Nov. 1995
JA9525 30663    Reg’d Apr. 10, 1975
 C June 1975 / D Feb. 1997
JA9526 30729    Reg’d Dec. 15, 1975
 C Feb. 1976 / D May 1997
JA9527 30851     Reg’d Dec. 28, 1977
 C Feb. 1978 / D May 1997
JA9530 30873    Reg’d July 3, 1978
 C Sept. 1978 / D Oct. 1998
JA9531 30874    Reg’d to Mitsui Bussan July 3 1978, assigned to
 Antarctic research vessel, the Souya
 Still assigned when passed to JCG Sept. 25, 1978
 Based at Kushiro from Feb. 1979
 Reg’n canx’d Oct. 15, 1998.
Served as instructional
 airframe at JCG Miyagi Branch School,
Sendai airport,
 until wrecked by tsunami Mar. 11, 2011.
JA9532 30889 Harima 1  Reg’d Nov. 7, 19878, del. Jan. 25, 1979
 Decomm’d Mar. 2008
JA9533 30892 Hirose 1  Reg’d Nov. 22, 1978, del. Jan. 25, 1979
 Decomm’d Mar. 2008 → N705LH, C-GHTG
JA9534 30894    Reg’d Dec. 5, 1978
 C Feb. 1979 / D Mar. 2000 → N894AJ
JA9535 30897    C Feb. 1979
 Crashed Nov. 29, 1982 Fukue, Nagasaki Pref.
 D Feb. 1983
JA9536 30900 Tancho 1

 Reg’d Jan. 17, 1979, del. Mar. 15, 1979, decomm’d
 Mar. 2008
 → N652LH, C-FWOR, VH-JJY

JA9538 30904 Setozuru 1  Reg’d Mar. 1, 1979, del. Apr. 19, 1979
 Decomm’d Mar. 2008 → C-GHTK
JA9540 30922

Kinkou

Suma

Setozuru

 Reg’d June 4, 1979, del. Sept. 20, 1979
 To Hiroshima Dec. 16, 2011

  Reg’n canx’d Mar. 22, 2013 → N922VS*

JA9550 31105 Hayataka
→ Setozuru
 Reg’d June 11, 1980, del. Oct. 9, 1980
 To Hiroshima Mar. 13, 2013
  Decomm’d Jan. 22, 2015 (see note below)
JA9559 31178 Hirose 2  Reg’d May 25, 1981, del. July 23, 1981
 Decomm’d Mar. 2008

  → N706LH, C-GHTL
JA9560 31179 Kariyushi 1
Shidakku
 Reg’d June 3, 1981, del. July 17, 1981

 Reg’n canx’d Mar. 13, 2013 → C-BGSF

JA9561 31181

Tancho 2

Shiboi

 Reg’d June 23, 1981, del. Aug. 20, 1981
 Decomm’d Feb. 2014 
→ VH-KHO
JA9562 31182 Kamitaka 1

 Reg’d June 23, 1981, del. Sept. 10, 1981,

 Decomm’d Jan. 2009
   → N19KK, SE-JJL, OE-XAA

JA9563 31184 Harima 2

Hirose

 ex N18095, reg’d Aug. 5/del. Aug. 27, 1981
 To Sendai Dec. 16, 2011
  Reg’n canx’d Mar, 23, 2013 → N105KK,C-GSLQ
JA9564 31185 Yuukara  ex N18090, reg’d July 28, 1981, del. Oct. 8, 1981
 Decomm’d Feb. 2014 → VH-KHY
JA9565 31186 Sekirei

Tancho

Hirose

 ex N18092, reg’d Aug. 5, 1981, del. Oct. 22, 1981
 To Sendai Mar. 6, 2012
 Assigned Yokohama/PLH-22, Mar. 13, 2013
 Decomm’d Feb. 2014 → C-FCNU
JA9566 31187 Kamitaka 2

Kamitaka

Shiokaze

 Reg’d Sept. 8, 1981, del. Nov. 12, 1981
 Decomm’d June 2015
JA9567 31188    ex N18902, reg’d Oct. 2, 1981
 Commissioned Dec. 1981
 w/o Ikatsuchikayama, Okayama, Oct. 30, 1985
JA9574 31216 Shiokaze  Reg’d July 15, 1982, del. Sept. 17, 1982
 Decomm’d June 15, 2011 → N216J
JA9575 31218 Kariyushi 2
Sekirei
 Reg’d July 15, 1982, del. Sept. 3, 1982
 Decomm’d Mar. 2015
JA9594 31222 Oohari  Reg’d June 1, 1983, del. Aug. 1, 1983
 Decomm’d Sept. 2015
JA9595 31266 Setozuru 2
Kinkou
 Reg’d June 1, 11983, del. Sept. 22, 1983
 Decomm’d Mar. 2015
JA9607 31268 Suma

Setozuru

Suma

 Del. Sept. 13, 1984 / Decomm’d Feb. 2015
JA9617 31265 Kohakucho  Del. Dec. 5, 1985 / Decomm’d June 2015
JA9618 31266 Shiboi 1  Del. Dec. 5, 1985 / Decomm’d Sept. 2015
JA9619 31267

Shiboi 2

Tancho

 Del. Dec. 12, 1985 / Decomm’d Mar. 2015
JA9684 31294 Shidakku 1
Kamitaka
 Del. Apr. 28, 1988 / Decomm’d Mar. 2015
JA9929 31301 Nahatsubame  Del. Mar. 23, 1989 / Decomm’d Sept. 2015
JA9930 31302 Nihonkai  Del. Mar. 23, 1989 / Decomm’d Dec. 2015
JA9931 31303 Shidakku 2  Del. Mar. 23, 1989 / Decomm’d Feb. 2014
 → N303VS*
(*) One of three (one identity unknown) being overhauled at VSC Aircraft Maintenance in Crestview,
Florida, August 2014,
having been acquired direct from Japanese government.
Last updated: Apr. 29, 2016

MSA/JCG Bell 212 JA9533Then brand-new Bell 212 JA9533 about to depart Oita Airport in February 1979.
(Photo: Takao Kadokami)

JA9930Assigned to the 9th Region’s patrol vessel Echigo (PLH08), JA9930 Nihonkai (Sea of Japan) was
shore-based at Niigata airport.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

As reported in the April 2015 issue of Aireview, the Bell 212 JA9550 and Cessna U206G Stationair (see above) were withdrawn from use at a ceremony held at Hiroshima Air Station on January 22, 2015.

Ending its career as Setozuru (Seto [Inland Sea] Crane), JA9550 had in the space of 34 years accumulated 9,975 flying hours, a high proportion of which had been spent aboard the Kagoshima-based patrol vessel Hayato. The day after the ceremony, Bell 412EP JA906A arrived from Haneda to continue the Setozuru name. Named Setowashi (Seto Eagle) 1 and 2, two AW139s are also in service at Hiroshima.

SE-JJLFormerly JA9562, this Bell 212 still retained its JCG colour scheme when owned by Osterman
Helicopter in Sweden in June 2012. The aircraft has since been repainted red and is now in
service with an Anstrian operator. 
(Photo: Alan Wilson via Wikimedia Commons)

Bell 412/412EP
Registration c/n Name Notes
JA6713 36052 Hoshizuna 1  (Bell 412, ex N5092J) Del. Oct. 1, 1993
JA6714 36053

Hoshizuna 2
Isetaka
Isetaka 1

 (Bell 412, ex N5091H) Del. Oct. 1, 1993
 To Chubu airport Mar. 6, 2012
 Assigned to PLH-21 early 2014
JA906A 36227 Oshidori 2

Inuwashi
→ Setozuru

 ex N8236F, del. Apr. 7, 2000
 Transferred from Haneda to Hiroshima, Jan. 2015
JA907A 36246 Rurikakesu 2
Inuwashi
 ex N6739D, del. Mar. 29, 2000
 Decommissioned June 15, 2011
JA908A 36264 Hamachidori 2  Del. May 11, 2001
 To Hiroshima Mar. 22, 2013
JA6756 36096 Hamachidori 1
Isetaka 2
 ex N2291W, del. Nov. 1, 1995

 To Chubu Mar. 13, 2013
 Assigned to PLH-21 early 2014

JA6795 36120

Oshidori 1

Oshidori

 ex N9215T, del. Feb. 7, 1997
 To Hiroshima Dec. 16, 2011
JA6796 36121 Rurikakesu 1  ex N92155, del. Feb. 7, 1997.
 Written off in tragic accident on Aug. 18, 2010
 (Struck power lines and
crashed into sea off
 Sanagijima, Kagawa Prefecture.)
Last updated: Feb. 15, 2015

JA906AThe first of the six Bell 412EPs delivered to the JCG, JA906A was transferred from Haneda to Hiroshima Air Station in January 2015 and thus changed its name from Inuwashi (Golden Eagle) to Setozuru (Seto [Inland Sea] Crane). (Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

Bell 505 Jetranger X
Registration c/n Name Notes
JA181A 65026 Ooruri 1  Commissioned Mar. 27, 2018 
JA182A 65027 Ooruri 2

 

JA183A 65028    
JA184A 65032    
 Last updated: Apr. 24, 2018

 Japan Coast Guard Bell 505Against a dramatic backdrop at Kagoshima airport, the second of the four new Japan Coast Guard
Bell 505 Jetranger X helicopters winds down after landing back from a
manufacturer’s test flight on January 15, 2018.
(Photo: Still from YouTube amateur video, shot by Hayato Gaku [link])

Kawasaki-Bell 47G-2*/KH-4
Registration c/n Reg’d to MSA Notes
JA7105 119 Aug. 8, 1957  (Bell 47G-2) Assigned to Hiroshima airport
 Reg’n cancelled Aug. 2, 1973
JA7106
121 Sept. 24, 1957  (Kawasaki-Bell H-13H/Bell 47G-2)
 Rolled out July 10, 1957 as JG30109

 Assigned to Hakodate after transfer to MSA, operated on
 second
to sixth Antarctic research expeditions 1958–1962
 Reverted to JG30109 Aug. 11, 1962
 Reg’n cancelled Aug. 22, 1962
2169 May 6, 1982  (KH-4) Reregistered to MSA, assigned to Yao airport
 Reg’n cancelled May 6, 1992
JA7107 122 Sept. 24, 1957  (Kawasaki-Bell H-13H/Bell 47G-2)
 Rolled out July 10, 1957 as JG30110

 Assigned to Tateyama after transfer to MSA, operated on
 second
to sixth Antarctic research expeditions 1958–1962
 Reverted to JG30110 Aug, 11, 1962
 Reg’n cancelled Aug. 22, 1962
JA7108 2189 Dec. 9, 1970  (KH-4) Assigned to Ise airport
 Passed to Nippon Helicopter (today’s All Nippon Helicopter)
 at Keisei Yatsu airport Feb. 23, 1982
JA7109 2177 Dec. 14, 1971  (KH-4) Assigned to Yao, Niigata (July 1973 to July 1974)
 and Haneda (from July 1974), registration passed to
 Miyauchi Trading at Kawagoe Heliport Feb. 16, 1989
JA7110 2193 Dec. 14, 1971  (KH-4) Based at Hiroshima, passed to Kamiyama Co., Ltd.
 at Tokyo
heliport on Jan. 19, 1982. After service with a
 total of six private owners, placed on display at
 Kakamigahara Aerospace Museum, Gifu Prefecture, 1996
JA7111 2196 Apr. 5, 1972  (KH-4) Based at Ise airport, change of ownership to
 NishiNippon Airlines Co., Ltd. and base of operation to
 Fukuoka airport recorded on Dec. 9, 1982
JA7112 2197 Apr. 5, 1972  (KH-4) Based at Hiroshima airport, change of ownership to
 Yamauchi Trading (Ace Helicopters) and base of operation
 to Kawagoe heliport recorded on Dec. 22, 1981
JA8806 1019 Sept. 7, 1956  (Kawasaki-Bell 47G, upgraded to ’G-2 standard 1957)
 Acquired from Japan Defense Agency, used on Antarctic
 survey
→ JMSDF 8726, June 17, 1964
JA8807 1020 Sept. 7, 1956  (Kawasaki-Bell 47G) Acquired from Japan Defense Agency,
 used on Antarctic survey → JMSDF 8727, June 17, 1964
         
(*) See Bell 47D-1 for three aircraft imported as Bell 47D-1s in 1953 and converted to Kawasaki-Bell 47G-2 standard in 1963.

 

Kawasaki-Hughes 369HS
Registration c/n Reg’d to MSA Notes
JA9113 6614 May 15, 1972  Ex RG-1001 (GRI-001?), JA9066

 Based at Ishigaki airport, Akeno from Aug. 1979
 wfu June 30, 1993

 Three private owners before sold to NZ, Sept. 2000

JA9115 6615  ex RG-1002 (GRI-002?), JA9067
 Based at Ishigaki airport, Akeno from Aug. 1979
 Grounded June 30, 1993, reg’n cancelled July 8, 1993
 Donated to the Museum of Aeronautical Sciences,
 close to Narita airport, by the JCG Aviation School
 in Sendai. 
 

JCG Hughes 369HSAugust 1977. One of the two JCG Hughes 369HSs at JGSDF Akeno, which was to be its home base from two years later (Photo: Takao Kadokami)

Sikorsky S-55
Registration c/n Reg’d to MSA Notes
JA7151 SS55507 Dec. 1, 1953  Based Tateyama

 Crashed at Zenigamezawa, Hokkaido, Feb. 24, 1960

 Reg’n cancelled Mar. 7, 1960

JA7152 SS55508 Dec. 10, 1953  Commissioned at Tateyama Dec. 12, 1953, but assigned to
 Hakodate
airport. Displayed at Haneda pageant marking
 50th anniversary of
aviation in Japan on Sept. 18, 1960.
 Reg’n cancelled Feb. 4, 1974, placed on display for many
 years at JCG Academy in Kure. Ultimate fate unknown
JA7153 SS55707 July 7, 1954  Assigned to Hakodate airport, to Haneda Apr. 20, 1973
 Reg’n cancelled Mar. 7, 1974
JA7155 M55032 Feb. 27, 1961  Assigned to Haneda airport, to Hakodate Oct. 5, 1967
 Reg’n cancelled Jan. 10, 1974
 

 

Sikorsky S-58
Registration c/n Reg’d to MSA Notes
JA7201 58945 Oct. 15, 1958  Built Aug. 1958, based at Haneda, used for Antarctic
 survey.
Reg’n cancelled Jan. 10, 1974
 Dismantled Dec. 28, 1973 and placed on display at
 National
Museum of Nature & Science, Ueno, Tokyo
JA7202 58946 Oct. 15, 1958

 Built Aug. 1958, based at Tateyama, used for Antarctic
 survey.
Wrecked when crashed into sea off Haneda
 airport after undergoing
maintenance at Mitsubishi,
 Mar. 5, 1966. W
ithdrawn from use Sept. 4, 1966
 Reg’n cancelled Sept. 30, 1966

JA7203 581237 Oct. 14, 1960  Transferred on loan from JMSDF, rolled out
 Oct. 18, 1960,
used for Antarctic survey
 Returned to JMSDF March 13, 1962
 Reg’n cancelled Mar. 14, 1962
 

 

Sikorsky S-62
Registration c/n Reg’d to MSA Notes
JA9156 M62-014 Mar. 29, 1967  Based at Haneda, then at Niigata airport from July 1974

 Disposal decision taken Apr. 28, 1982

 Reg’n cancelled May 18, 1982

 Placed on display at Museum of Aeronautical Sciences,
 close to Narita airport, Chiba Prefecture, Aug. 1989

 

S-62 JA9156The then Maritime Safety Agency’s sole Sikorsky S-62 hovers over the wreck of the Juliana, a Liberian-registered oil tanker that ran aground off Niigata on November 30, 1971. This photo is on display at
the Japan Coast Museum in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.

JA9156The Mitsubishi-built former MSA Sikorsky S-62 was placed on display at the Museum of Aeronautical Sciences in August 1989. (Photo [Sept. 2013]: Alec Wilson via Wikimedia Commons)

Sikorsky S-76 variants
Registration c/n Name Notes
JA909A 760621 Raichou
Kumataka
 (S-76C)
JA6733 760149    (S-76C) Crashed Feb. 20, 1998
JA6755 760431 Kumataka 1
Shimafukurō
 (S-76C) Del. Nov. 24, 1995
JA6903 760484 Raichou 1  (S-76C) Del. Oct. 9, 1998
 Remained on charge after ditching during
 training flight, Jan. 10, 2005. Finally
 wfu May 12, 2005
JA6905 760495 Kumataka 2  (S-76C) Del. June 11, 1999
 Decommissioned June 15, 2011
 
JA6904 760484 Raichō 2
Kumataka
 (S-76C+)
 Reg’d June 8, 1998, del. Oct. 9, 1998
S-76D 
JA910A 761010  Kumataka 1  Ex N7610B, at JAMCO Sept. 2014
 DoC* Feb. 25, 2015 at Hakodate
JA911B   761011   Shimawashi  Ex N7611T, DoC Mar. 11, 2015
JA912A  761012 Rurikakesu   Ex N7612U
 Reg’d to Mitsubishi Corporation, Sept. 2014
 DoC Mar. 12, 2015
JA913A  761005  Kumataka 2  Ex N765G, DoC Mar, 20, 2015
JA914A  761024 Maizuru   DoC Apr. 24, 2015, operational June 30, 2015
JA915A  761029  Okisashiba  Ex N7629Z, DoC Mar. 11, 2015
JA916A  761031  Misago  DoC June 30, 2015
JA917A  761057 Okiajisashi   DoC Sept. 18, 2015
JA918A   761058  Shirasagi   DoC Sept. 29, 2015, ferried to KAN Oct. 2
JA919A  761062  Haitaka  Ex N7622D. Airlifted to SEN, arr. July 30,
 DoC Sept. 29, 2015
JA920A  761061 Umineko   DoC Dec. 22, 2015
 Eleven S-76Ds ordered June 2013
 (*) Date of commissioning
 Last updated: Feb. 25, 2016

JA6755Currently assigned to the JCG air station at Kushiro in Hokkaido, Sikorsky S-76C JA6755 bears the name Shimafukurou (Blakiston’s Fish Owl). At the other end of the country in September 2014,
126 Okinawa residents suggested names for the two S-76Ds that will be assigned to the
11th Region’s
Uruma (PLH04) and Ryukyu (PLH09). Announced in December, the
winning names were
Shimawashi (Island Eagle) and Okisashiba, respectively.
(Photo: Japan Coast Guard)

JCG S-76C+The JCG’s sole S-76C+, which was delivered in October 1998, on a visit to JMSDF Ohminato
in October 2013.
(Photo: Amayagan via Wikimedia Commons)

JCG AIRCRAFT IN-SERVICE DATES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

Aircraft Type In Service No. Notes*                                       
Bell 47 variants 1953–1992 15  
S-55 1953–1974 4  
Beech 18 variants 1956–1981 11  
S-58 1958–1974 3  
       
Cessna 185 1961–1977 2  
S-62 1967–1982 1  
NAMC YS-11 1969–2011 5  
       
Bell 206B JetRanger II 1973–2000 4  
Bell 212 1973–2016 38  
Short Skyvan 1975–1997 2  
Cessna 206 1977–2015 1  
King Air 200 1979–2011 17  
K-H 369HS 1979–1993 2  
       
Falcon 900 1989– 2  Sept. 27, 1989
       
Bell 206B JetRanger III 1991– 4  June 26, 1991 (3)
AS332L1 1992– 4  Apr. 7, 1992 (3)
Bell 412 1993– 8  Oct. 1, 1993 (5)
S-76C 1995– 6  Feb. 10, 1995 (3) 
Saab 340 1997– 4  July 28, 1997
King Air 350 1999– 10  Mar. 24, 1999 (9)
       
GV Sea Watch 2005– 2  Jan. 7, 2005
AW139 2008– 18  Mar. 31, 2008
EC225LP (H225) 2008– 5  Mar. 28, 2008 (4)
 (Plus five H225s from 2018) 
Dash 8-Q300 2009– 9  Feb. 10, 2009
S-76D 2015– 11  Feb. 25, 2015
Cessna Turbo Skyhawk JT-A  2018–  Mar. 1, 2018
Bell 505 Jetranger X 2018– 4  Mar. 27, 2018
Falcon 2000 On order 5 Delivery from Mar. 2019
 (*) Date first aircraft commissioned (number currently in service [May 2018], if differs from total)

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Notices

Announcements

JASDF
2018 Airshow Dates
Feb. 18  Ashiya
Mar. 3  Komaki
Apr. 8  Kumagaya
May 20  Shizuhama
miho 2018 poster
May 27  Miho
June 3  Hofu-Kita
July 22  Chitose
Aug. 26  Matsushima
Sept. 9  Misawa
Sept. 17  Komatsu
Oct. 14  Ashiya
Nov. 3  Iruma
Nov. 18  Gifu
Nov. 25  Hamamatsu
Nov. 25  Tsuiki
Dec. 2  Hyakuri
Dec. 2  Nyutabaru
Dec. 8-9  Naha

2017 Event Posters
Hofu-Kita / Miho
JASDF Hofu-Kita


Miho poster 2017

2019 Airshow Dates
Mar. 31  Komaki
Nov. 3  Iruma

JGSDF
2018 Airshow Dates
Jan. 12  Narashino
 (paratroop display)
Apr. 15  Kasuminome
May 26  Kasumigaura
May 27 Kita-
                Utsunomiya
June 17  Asahikawa
Aug. 26  Fuji live fire
Sept. 9  Kisarazu
                (cancelled)
Sept. 29  Tachikawa
Oct. 6  Obihiro
Oct. 14  Yao
Nov. 4  Akeno
Nov. 25  Naha 

2017 Event Posters
Kisarazu / Metabaru
Kisarazu 170225

Metabaru 2017

2019 Airshow Dates
Jan. 13  Kisarazu
 (paratroop display) 

JMSDF
2018 Airshow Dates
Apr. 21  NAF Atsugi
Apr. 30  Kanoya
May 5  Iwakuni
(joint Friendship Day)
May 27  Omura
July 15  Komatsushima
July 21  Maizuru
July 28  Tateyama
 (cancelled [typhoon])
Sept. 16  Hachinohe
Sept. 29  Tokushima
Oct. 20  Shimofusa
Oct. 21  Ozuki

2017 Event Posters
Ozuki  (July children’s
event / Oct. Swell Festival)
Ozuki event July 2017

Ozuki Swell 2017

(*) Date to be confirmed

(Please note that air show dates are subject to change/cancellation.)

Links

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Arawasi

The Aviation Historian

Japan Association of Aviation Photo-
graphers
 (JAAP, Japanese only)

Asian Air Arms

Visitors
(from Feb. 2016, earlier shown below)

Visitors to Feb. 2016

Past visitors