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JASDF – Where Are They Now?

As far as is possible, this section will provide the latest information on the whereabouts of surviving examples of withdrawn JASDF aircraft, which can be found in places far removed from the cosseted shelter of aviation museums. Divided into fixed-wing and helicopter types, the information comes in the form of tables of aircraft by type that are being interspersed with a growing number of photos.

All the aircraft listed are on open-air display unless otherwise stated. Bold-type serial numbers indicate aircraft that appear in photos immediately after the relevant table.

A colour-coded Where Are They Now? listing by prefecture follows the tabular JMSDF aircraft information [here].

USAF T-6GWhere were they then? This undated photo shows one of the U.S. Air Force T-6G trainers that was
destined to be supplied to the JASDF, in this case as 52-0104 on September 22, 1955, and withdrawn
from search and rescue use almost exactly eight years to the day later, on September 21, 1963.
Nothing is known of its subsequent fate, but a gaudy yellow aircraft bearing the same JASDF 
serial number was seen on display at the currently closed Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 
Nagoya Aerospace Systems Komaki South Plant collection in August 2016.
(Link to photo removed as website being renovated).
(Photo from June 1952 issue of The World’s Aircraft used with permission of Hobun Shorin Co., Ltd.)

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Even base collections are prone to constant change due to airframe damage or deterioration. Many of the aircraft seen at Gifu AB in October 2000
(above) have since either been removed or replaced.
Former prides of the JASDF fleet can come in for some disrespectful treatment at annual base open day events. Fortunately, those at Matsushima AB
(below) escaped the worst of the damage caused by the devastating tsunami that struck on March 11, 2011, but only three remained in the summer of 2018.
(All photographs on this website are copyright J-HangarSpace unless otherwise stated.) 

matsushima open day

yokokawaf-1rsStill bearing the tail marking of the 6th Sqn based at Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture,
this Mitsubishi F-1 ended up at Fuchu AB in Tokyo.

(Photo kindly provided by Yuichi Yokokawa)
Y
uichi Yokokawa’s own Japanese-language website can be found here (link).

JASDF C-1 scrappedIt is impossible for all aircraft to go into peaceful retirement. Feted after its last flight for having
amassed a total of 17,780 flying hours on May 11, 2015, this ex-402nd Airlift Sqn C-1 was
unceremoniously broken up on site the following year.
(Photo: JASDF Iruma)

Fixed-Wing Types

Beechcraft B-65 (Queen Air A65)

Serial Location
03-3093 Old Car Center, Naraha, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture
 (Note: Placed off limits following the March 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Power
  Plant disaster, the Old Car Center reopened in April 2016.)
03-3094 JASDF Air Park, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
03-3095 Naha AB, Okinawa
Last updated: June 20, 2017

airparkb65The B-65 displayed at the JASDF Air Park bears the markings of the Southwestern Command Support Flight based at Naha, Okinawa Prefecture. It was from there that the aircraft was flown to Hamamatsu after its withdrawal from service.

03-3095 NahaOriginally delivered to JMSDF as 6728 June 8, 1970, the JASDF received this Beech B65 on a transfer
in March 1980. Placed on display at Naha after retirement on July 16, 1998, the aircraft was 
moved to its current location circa 2010.
(Photo [April 2017]: Warren Hardcastle)

Beechcraft T-34A Mentor

Serial Location
41-0309 On “stilts” minus its wheels at Hofu Kita AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture (June 2014)
51-0331 Nara AB, Nara Prefecture
51-0337 Aviation Museum, Hijiri Village Museum 5889-1 Hijiri, Omi Village, Higashichikuma District, Nagano Prefecture 399-7701
51-0382 Suspended from ceiling in exhibition hangar at JASDF Air Park,
Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
51-0384 On roof of Myouganji Kindergarten, 4-8-2 Nakama, Nakama,
Fukuoka Prefecture 809-0034
61-0389 Uwatoko Park, Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture
61-0390 Stored at Shizuhama AB, Shizuoka Prefecture for airshow
 display purposes (May 2017)
61-0391 On plinths as gate guard at Hofu Minami AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture
61-0402 Komatsu AB, Ishikawa Prefecture
61-0406 Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture
71-0416 Chitose AB, Hokkaido Prefecture
71-0419 In front of Shubudai Memorial Hall aviation history museum,
Iruma AB, Saitama Prefecture
71-0420 Reportedly used as instructional airframe in Miyazaki Prefecture (to be confirmed)
71-0428 Mounted on pole on forecourt of car dealership Nagano Motors
1414-1 Tonzawa, Aoi Ward, Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture 421-1311
71-0430 Outside nursery school at 1140 Shirasu, Hakushu-cho, Hokuto,
Yamanashi Prefecture 408-0315
71-0432 Hibariya Park, Gonohe, Sannohe District, Aomori Prefecture
(present in 2010, possibly since removed)
71-0435 (Nose section only) Onrakukan, Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture (April 2017)
Last updated: June 20, 2017

irumat-34Beech T-34A 71-0419 is parked across from the Shubudai Memorial Hall at Iruma AB. Displayed at an
amusement park in Tochigi Prefecture after its retirement from active service in 1981, the aircraft was
added to the Iruma collection then housed next to the on-base Inariyama-Koen train station.
The collection took up residence at its current location in 2003.

gifu t-34In contrast to the Iruma example, the Gifu base collection’s T-34A was looking very sorry for itself when this photo was taken in October 2000. Happily, the aircraft is still in residence and even received a new coat of paint in 2010.

shizuhama t-34Normally kept safely tucked away in a hangar, the Shizuhama AB collection’s T-34A is given an airing for special on-base events.

T-34A 71-0435 OnrakukanThe battered nose section is all that remains of T-34A 71-0435, the last Mentor built by Fuji from
knocked-down components. In service from July 31, 1957, to October 21, 1980, the remnant
is to be found at the Onrakukan sound and light museum in Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture.
(Photo [April 2017]: Warren Hardcastle)

Boeing 747-400

Serial Location

20-1101
Parked at JASDF Chitose (Apr. 2019)
N7474C, owned by CSDS Aircraft Sales & Leasing, California
Offered for sale August 2019 (see Bulletin Board story)
20-1102 Also owned by CSDS as N7477C, being converted to all-cargo configuration
Last updated: Oct. 28, 2019

JASDF B747The most recent JASDF wings to have been clipped are those of the pair of Boeing 747-400s used by
the 701st Sqn to transport imperial and prime ministerial entourages on visits
throughout the world. 
(Photo: JASDF)

AirplaneBen190912(Photo: Airplane Ben @BenAirplane)

Curtiss C-46D Commando

Serial Location
61-1127 Kawaguchiko Motor Museum, Fujizakura Highland, Narusawa,
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0320
(See Aug. 29, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
61-1130 (Nose section only) On roof of Marutaka Autos, 2-10-1 Morishita, Koto Ward, Tokyo 134-0004 (to be confirmed)
91-1138 JASDF Air Park, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
91-1139 Miho AB, Tottori Prefecture (June 2014)
91-1141 Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture
91-1143 (EC-46D) Tokorozawa Aviation Museum, Saitama Prefecture
91-1144 (Nose section and other parts only) Aviation Museum, Hijiri Village Museum, 5889-1 Hijiri, Omi Village, Higashichikuma District, Nagano Prefecture 399-7701
91-1145 (EC-46D) In front of Shubudai Memorial Hall aviation history museum,
Iruma AB, Saitama Prefecture
Last updated: Nov. 3, 2014

tokorozawac-46Curtiss EC-46D 91-1143 graces the park that houses the Tokorozawa Aviation Museum.
Withdrawn from its role as an electronic countermeasures training aircraft in April 1978,
the aircraft has remained in its current location since March 1980.

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(Above) One of the original exhibits at the JASDF Air Park when it opened in April 1999, the C-46 is seen here as it was in September 2000. This aircraft was given a fresh coat of paint late in 2004.
(Below) The same aircraft in October 2012. (Photo: Arjun Sarup)

Arjun Sarup C-46

de Havilland Vampire T.55

Serial Location
63-5571 (Formerly G-5-14) Inside exhibition hangar at JASDF Air Park,
Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
Last updated: Sept. 29, 2013

airparkvampireBuilt and acquired in 1956, the JASDF’s sole de Havilland Vampire T.55 was used to evaluate the
side-by-side training concept. The aircraft was struck of charge in September 1960.
(For another view of this aircraft, please see the photo of the North American T-28D Trojan below)

Fuji T-1A/B*

Serial Location
85-5801 Stored at Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum, Gifu Prefecture
85-5802 (T-1A) Previously displayed at Inariyama Park, Sayama, Saitama Prefecture
(near Iruma AB). Nose section passed to private ownership
85-5803 (T-1A) Fuselage on trailer at Itoh Denki Kosakusho, Kozakai, Toyokawa City, Aichi Prefecture rear fuselage possibly from ’802 (Jan. 2012)
05-5810 On indoor display in Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum,
Gifu Prefecture (Apr. 2018)
05-5812 (T-1A) Gate guard at Ashiya AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
15-5816 (T-1A) Hofu Kita AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture (June 2014)
15-5825 (T-1A) Inside exhibition hangar at JASDF Air Park, Hamamatsu AB,
Shizuoka Prefecture
25-5841 (T-1A) Fuji Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., Utsunomiya Plant, Tochigi Prefecture
25-5846 (T-1A) Maruyama Wanpaku no Mori Park, Kawamoto, Ochi District,
Shimane Prefecture
25-5852 (Nose section only, with ’855) Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Café), Irino 4702-16, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture
25-5853 On display at visitor centre inside Subaru Yajima Plant, Ota, Gunma
25-5855 (Nose section only, with ’852) Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Café), Irino 4702-16, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture
25-5856 On indoor display at Tokorozawa Aviation Museum, Saitama Prefecture
  (In separate storage hangar April 2017)
25-5857 (Nose section only) Moved from Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Café, see ’852/855) to as yet unconfirmed location in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Dec. 2005
35-5860 Miho AB, Tottori Prefecture (June 2014)
35-5862 Mitsu Seiki Co., Ltd., 301 Shimogawai, Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture 656-1522
(See Feb. 18, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
35-5863 In front of main entrance within grounds of Oji Technical High School,
6-1 Oji-Honmachi 3-chome, Kitakatsuragi District, Nara Prefecture 636-0012
35-5866 Komaki AB, Aichi Prefecture (Feb. 2014)
35-5867 JASDF No. 1 Supply Depot, Kisarazu AB, Chiba Prefecture
35-5870 Saitama Subaru Sakitama Garden, 1626 Sama, Gyoda City,
Saitama Prefecture 361-0032 (See feature on Aviation Museums page)
(*) T-1B unless otherwise stated
Last updated: Apr. 12, 2018

tokorozawat-1bThis Fuji T-1B was presented to the Tokorozawa Aviation Museum at a ceremony held on
March 19, 2006.

airparkt-1Delivered to the JASDF in July 1961, 15-5825 was assigned to both the Air Proving Wing and the
13th Flying Training Wing in a service career that spanned 27 years.

Komaki T-1Upon its retirement, this 5th Air Technical School T-1B was placed on display at its Komaki base.

Gifu-Kakamigahara T-1BWhile the first prototype remains languishes in storage behind the scenes, the immaculate 10th T-1
built steals the limelight as one of the main collection exhibits at the
Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum. 

Fuji T-3

Serial Location
81-5501 Stored at Shizuhama AB, Shizuoka Prefecture for display purposes (Sept. 2016)
81-5502 Chiran Peace Museum
17881 Kori, Chiran, Minamikyushu, Kagoshima Prefeture 897-0302
81-5506 Hofu Kita AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture (June 2014)
91-5511 Shizuhama AB, Shizuoka Prefecture (Sept. 2016)
91-5514 Mounted on raised structure at plastic model manufacturer Hasegawa Corporation
3-1-2 Yagusu, Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture 425-8711
91-5515 Hanyu Skysports Park, 1175 Tsunegi, Hanyu, Saitama Prefecture (Sept. 2017)
91-5516 Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Misawa, Aomori Prefecture
99-5517 Inside exhibition hangar at JASDF Air Park, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
01-5529 Instructional airframe at Department of Aerospace Engineering,
School of Science & Engineering, Teikyo University Utsunomiya Campus,
Tochigi Prefecture
01-5530 Japan Aviation Academy Wajima, Mitsui, Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture
01-5533 On indoor display at Mitsu Seiki Co., Ltd., 301 Shimogawai, Awaji,
Hyogo Prefecture 656-1522 (See Feb. 18, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
01-5538 On indoor display at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, Komatsu Airport,
Ishikawa Prefecture
11-5539 JASDF Omaezaki Sub-Base, Shizuoka Prefecture (June 2013)
11-5540 Instructional airframe at Kanazawa Institute of Technology, 7-1 Ogigaoka,
Nonoichi, Ishikawa Prefecture 921-8501 (May 2012)
11-5543 Miho AB, Tottori Prefecture (May 2017)
11-5546 Displayed at Fuji Heavy Industries Utsunomiya Plant, 1-1-1 Yonan,
Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture
11-5547 On indoor display at Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum,
Gifu Prefecture (Apr. 2018, [link])
Last updated: Apr. 12, 2018

Chiran T-3The second-built Fuji T-3 joined a now removed North American T-6G outside the Chiran Peace Museum in May 2005. It was thought more suitable to have a Japanese-built aircraft provide a focal point at a museum dedicated to the wartime special attack pilots. For that reason, too, the aircraft’s standard JASDF red and white training colour scheme gave way to a natural metal finish.
(Photo: Arjun Sarup)

shizuhamat-3Serving as gate guard at Shizuhama AB, Fuji T-3 91-5511 retains the tail marking of its time spent with the based 11th Flying Training Wing.

T-3 Hanyu SkysportsThis T-3 ended up at a park, from which sailplanes are flown, by the Tone River in Saitama Prefecture.
(Photo: SaitamaNabi [link] promotional site for parks in Saitama Prefecture)

Misawa T-3(Photo: Misawa Aviation & Science Museum)

Hamamatsu Air Park T-3The T-3 at the JASDF Air Park is dramatically suspended from the ceiling. Listed on the engine cowling are the names of the personnel who carried out the aircraft’s final overhaul.
(Photo: Arjun Sarup)

jaawt-3Located in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan Aviation Academy Wajima (JAAW) has this former JASDF T-3 on free loan on condition that it is used purely for instructional purposes. Many JAAW instructors formerly served in the SDF, and this connection has eased the obtaining of former SDF aircraft for use on the academy’s courses. (Taken in January 2014, photo courtesy Masayuki Sakamoto, JAAW)

Kawasaki C-1

Serial Location
28-1002 Fuselage only, JGSDF Matsudo Army Camp, Chiba Prefecture (Nov. 2018)
38-1003 Miho AB, Tottori Prefecture, for display purposes (Aug. 2019)
58-1013 Dumped minus engines and tail at Iruma AB, Saitama Prefecture (Sept. 2020) (link)
Last updated: Nov. 7, 2020

 

Kawasaki T-4

Serial Location
46-5726 Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Gifu Works (Nov. 2018)
Last updated: Feb. 14, 2019

T-4 KHI Gifu Works(Photo: Hunini via Wikimedia Commons)

Lockheed F-104J Starfighter

Serial Location
36-8510 Chitose AB, Hokkaido Prefecture
36-8515 On indoor display at Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum,
Gifu Prefecture (Apr. 2018, [link])
36-8532 On plinths at Kisarazu AB, Chiba Prefecture
36-8535 Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture (July 2018 [link]; see 46-8656)
36-8536 (Forward fuselage only) At Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Café), Irino 4702-16,
Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture
36-8537 Hofu Kita AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture (June 2014)
36-8538 (Nose section only) In Nyutabaru AB museum, Miyazaki Prefecture
36-8539 Indoor display at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, Komatsu Airport, Ishikawa Prefecture
36-8540 Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture
36-8546 Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
36-8550 JASDF Nemuro Sub-Base, Nemuro, Hokkaido Prefecture (Sept. 2015)
36-8551 JASDF Tobetsu Sub-Base, Ishikari, Hokkaido Prefecture
36-8552 Family Sports Park, Chippubetsu, Uryu District, Hokkaido Prefecture
36-8558 JASDF Tachikawa Sub-Base, Tokyo
46-8560 Japan Aviation Academy High School, Yamanashi Campus, Kai,
Yamanashi Prefecture
46-8567 Instructional airframe inside hangar at Department of Aerospace Engineering, Nippon Bunri University (NBU),
Oita, Oita Prefecture (April 2017)
46-8568 Kotobuki Park, Nakatonbetsu, Hokkaido Prefecture
46-8573 Kanai Sports Park, Kanaishinbo, Sado, Niigata Prefecture (Aug. 2015)
46-8574 Mounted on pole at Chitose AB, Hokkaido Prefecture
46-8578 IHI Corporation Mizuho Works, Tonogaya 229, Mizuho, Nishitama District, Tokyo
46-8594 On roof of private home in Minobu Town, Minamikoma District,
Yamanashi Prefecture
46-8602 Miho AB, Tottori Prefecture (June 2014)
46-8603 Kasuga AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
46-8604 (Forward fuselage only, with ’617) At Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Cafe), Irino 4702-16, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture
46-8607 On elevated structure at Fukui University of Technology, Fukui, Fukui Prefecture
46-8608 Aviation Museum, Hijiri Village Museum
5889-1 Hijiri, Omi Village, Higashichikuma District, Nagano Prefecture 399-7701
46-8609 National Defense Academy, Hashirimizu 1-10-20, Yokosuka,
Kanagawa Prefecture 239-8686
46-8617 (Forward fuselage only, with ’604) At Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Cafe), Irino 4702-16,
Hamamatsu,
Shizuoka Prefecture. Carries spurious serial “517”
46-8630 Mounted on pole in Yuhien (literally “Soar Upwards Park”) inside Hyakuri AB, Ibaraki Prefecture (Dec. 2019)
46-8636 On plinths at Hofu-Minami AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture
46-8646 Komatsu AB, Ishikawa Prefecture
56-8653 Nara AB, Nara Prefecture (April 2015)
46-8656 Nyutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture with spurious serial “36-8535” (Sept. 2020)
(See Displayed Aircraft Special Report 1 below)
56-8662 Fuchu AB, Tokyo
56-8663 Ashiya AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
56-8666 In front of Shubudai Memorial Hall aviation history museum, Iruma AB,
Saitama Prefecture
56-8672 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagoya Aerospace Systems,
Komaki South Plant, Aichi Prefecture (pending relocation)
(See Feb. 22, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
76-8686 Stored at Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture, displayed on airshow days
76-8687 On plinths at Kyoyama Solar Green Park, Okayama, Okayama Prefecture
76-8688 Mounted on pole at Naha AB, Okinawa Prefecture (with tail from 76-8683)
76-8689 Stored for airshow static display purposes at Chitose AB, Hokkaido Prefecture
76-8693 Inside exhibition hangar at JASDF Air Park, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
76-8698 JASDF Air Park, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture (UF-104J standard)
76-8699 Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Misawa, Aomori Prefecture
76-8704 Kumagaya AB, Saitama Prefecture (See Location Report 5)
76-8705 Old Car Center, Naraha, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture
 (Note: Placed off limits following the March 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Power
  Plant disaster, the Old Car Center reopened in April 2016.)
76-8706 Mounted on roof of plastic model manufacturer Hasegawa Corporation
3-1-2 Yagusu, Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture 425-8711
76-8710 Nakanihon Aviation College, Seki, Gifu Prefecture
Last updated: Oct. 23, 2020

F-104J Nippon Bunri Univ.(Above) Having escaped the scrapyard, some former SDF have remained in the same hands for years.
Delivered to the 202nd Sqn on Jan. 31, 1964, this F-104J was withdrawn from use with the same
unit on Mar. 21, 1980. It has been kept in a hangar at Nippon Bunri University (NBU) in Oita
for around 30 years. The JASDF H-19 in the background was not so lucky and has long  
since been removed.  
([October 1988] Photo: Takao Kadokami)
(Below)
Fast forward to 2017, and that same F-104J does not seem to have moved very far. In case
you are wondering, the three banners on the hangar wall honour NBU students who have
successfully competed in contests organized by the Japan Origami Airplane Association.
(Photo [April 2017]: Warren Hardcastle)
46-8567 F-104J Oita
The F-104J at Komatsu AB carries the tail marking of the (until June 1981) former resident 205th Sqn.
(Photo [September 2018]: Hunini via Wikimedia Commons) 

irumaf-104jHaving served for 17 years, this Mitsubishi-built F-104J Starfighter has been put out to grass close to Iruma AB’s Shubudai Memorial Hall, which is visible in the left background.

F-104 J Chitose show 2013(Photo [Chitose, November 2013]: t-konno via Wikimedia Commons) 

Misawa F-104J(Photo: Misawa Aviation & Science Museum)

airparkuf-104jOriginally delivered to the 204th Sqn in July 1967, the Starfighter displayed outside at the JASDF Air Park has been painted in the markings carried by the 14 aircraft converted to UF-104J/JA pilotless target drone standard. These were flown from Iwo Jima between 1994 and 1997.

Naha F-104JThe pole-mounted F-104J at Naha AB. Displayed next to an F-4EJ and a T-33A, the aircraft can be seen  from the Naha airport monorail visible in the background. (Photo [October 2014]: Andy Binks)

IMG_0004crs(Above [October 2000] and below [December 2018]) Delivered to the JASDF on September 30, 1964, the
F-104J displayed at Hyakuri was withdrawn from use at the base in May 1985 and originally simply put 
out to grass wearing the blue stylized ‘7’ and plum blossom marking of the 206th Sqn on the right side
of its tail and the red version of the 207th Sqn on the left. Now pointing skyward on a pole, the strangely
coloured aircraft—presumably given a fresh coat of protective paint since the above photo was taken—
bears the same plum blossom marking but with a black ‘7’. In the early 2000s, the plinth of the display  
still carried a plaque with the Japanese inscription that translated as ‘7th Wing, 25th anniversary of
Hyakuri AB expansion, September 12, 1992’. Today, only a weathered plaque, dated ‘an auspicious
day in September 1992’, has the barely legible names of the pole-mounting project team.
IMG_8622crs

The 1965-vintage F-104J on the base collection lawn at Ashiya AB. Its external condition does  
not seem to have changed much from the time when this photo was taken,in
September 2000, to this in October 2019
(link).
The Ashiya F-104J is seen on the left in this photo of a 204th Sqn duo departing Nyutabaru on
January 6, 1984; ’663 was retired from active service in May the following year.

(Photo: Takao Kadokami)

Displayed Aircraft Special Report 1
Lockheed-Mitsubishi F-104J Starfighter “36-8535”
Nyutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture

Although many sources say that this aircraft was the first F-104J supplied to Nyutabaru, a nearby sign states that this was the first to fly into Nyutabaru, on November 14, 1963, when seemingly on a visit from Chitose. The base personnel decided not to mention that this aircraft is actually an imposter, 46-8656 having had its serial changed to match that of what was either the first F-104J to take up residency or possibly just a guest that day nearly 60 years ago. (Having fortunately survived the 2011 tsunami, the real ’535 can be found at Matsushima AB.)

Delivered to the JASDF on December 23, 1964, the active service career of ’656 had ended while at Nyutabaru with the 204th Sqn on April 30, 1981. Retaining its last unit’s marking on the left side of its tail, at some stage thereafter the colours of that on the right were changed to those of the 202nd Sqn, and its serial numbers doctored for its new identity. Then still wearing its correct serial number, the aircraft had been placed at a tilted angle on plinths by the end of 1982 and, also as seen below, was still stuck in that position in November 1995.

The real 46-8656 (Photo [Nov. 28, 1982]: Takao Kadokami)

The fake 36-8535 (Photo [Nov. 26, 1995]: Takao Kadokami)

(Above and below) Both taken on November 30, 1997, these photos show the aircraft back on an
even keel and now movable for air show display purposes.

(Photos: Takao Kadokami)

(Above and below) Three years later, on November 26, 2000, the aircraft was once again chocked  
and tethered and perched on plinths. Just visible between the mainwheels
(photo below) is the 
reverse side of a black stone monument dedicated to and bearing the personnel names of 
the former 202nd Sqn, which had disbanded the month before.


The aircraft has remained rooted to that same spot to this day. The central section of the 202nd Sqn
monument bears the kanji
精鋭 (sei-ei), meaning elite.
(Photo [Sept. 2020]: JASDF Nyutabaru AB via Twitter @JASDF_Nyutabaru)

The front fuselage section of F-104J 36-8538 remains in the Nyutabaru base museum. The complete aircraft was in service from November 26, 1963, initially with the 201st Sqn, to July 5, 1982, ending its days with the 204th Sqn and for a time placed on display at Nyutabaru.

Starfighter Survivors in Taiwan

In the mid-1980s, following the end of their JASDF service careers, a total of 31 F-104Js (and six F-104DJs [see below]) were passed on, under the auspices of the United States, to the Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force. The F-104Js included one airframe for instructional purposes and at least seven for use as spare parts. Although sources differ on the subsequent identities of those aircraft, the eight in the chart below are reportedly still in existence.

F-104J in Taiwan (2)Somehow RoCAF (Taiwan) Air Force F-104J 4519 (formerly JASDF 46-8596) ended up carrying the
spurious serial ‘4522’. In October 2012, the aircraft remained in good condition as part of
the collection at Wurih Army Barracks in Chenggong (Chengkung) township in the
municipality of Taitung (Taichung).
(Photo: 玄史生 via Wikimedia Commons)

F-104Js Preserved in Taiwan

JASDF RoCAF Last Known Location
36-8526 4505 (Delivered to JASDF July 22, 1963 / withdrawn from use May 25, 1983) Used for spares only, carries fake code ‘4526’ and is preserved on poles at Nanhua Reservoir theme park, Nanhua (link [2006 photo])
Also appears with F-104DJ photo on this 2010 blog posting (link, entry dated 2010.5.17)
36-8528 4502 (Sept. 30, 1963 / June 1, 1983) Displayed at National Science and Technology Museum, Kaohsiung, coded ‘4303’
36-8547 4547

Sanyuan 1st St., Dashi Jen, Taoyuan

36-8565 4506 (Dec. 27, 1963 / Jan. 25, 1984) Previously coded ‘4303’ as fake 62-12252 on display at Military History Park, Jiji, Nantou County. Photos appear in the same 2010 blog as mentioned above (link, entry dated 2009.9.29), on Tripadvisor (link, April 2017) and in this June 2017 travelog (link)
46-8596 4522 (Apr. 30, 1964 / Nov. 21, 1984 [204th Sqn]) Displayed as ‘4303’ at National Science and Technology Museum, Kaohsiung
46-8616 4514 (Sept. 28, 1964 / Nov. 21, 1984) Preserved at Kuejien Campus, Cheng Kung University’s Aerospace Science & Technology Research Center in Guiren (Gueiren), Tainan County
46-8618 4515 (Aug. 17, 1964 / Feb. 16, 1983 [202nd Sqn]) Preserved at Chia Yang Senior High School, Ching Shui, Taichung County.
Was at National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, July 2007 (link) (link)
46-8645 4519 Displayed at Wurih Army Barracks, Chenggong (Chengkung) township, Taichung (Taitung) as ‘4522’. (See photos above)

F-104J in Taiwan (3)Another view of the fake 4522, taken in October 2011. (Photo: 玄史生 via Wikimedia Commons)

Lockheed F-104DJ Starfighter

Serial Location
36-5001 Intact at Old Car Center, Naraha, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture
 (with ’005).
 (Note: Placed off limits following the March 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Power
  Plant disaster, the Old Car Center reopened in April 2016.)
36-5005 As 36-5001 (in dismantled state)
36-5007 On the roof above entrance to Kawaguchiko Motor Museum, Fujizakura
Highland, Narusawa,
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0320
(See Aug. 29, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
36-5008 Shirokawa Athletic Park, 30-2 Doi, Shirokawa-cho, Seiyo City,
Ehime Prefecture 797-1701
36-5011 (Front fuselage section only) Café Avion, Midori Ward, Yokohama,
Kanagawa Prefecture
Last updated: Mar. 1, 2017

gifu f-104dj
The JASDF received a total of 20 two-seat F-104DJ Starfighters from August 1962 onwards. Although five were eventually passed on to Taiwan, the version is now poorly represented in its original country
of operation. Two of the remaining aircraft, including “005″ shown when displayed at Gifu AB
(above),
were at one time within the area closed off following the March 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster. J-HangarSpace checked the status of the example on the roof of the Kawaguchiko Motor Museum when the Zero Fighter Collection collection was once again open to the public for
the month of August 2014. For an improvement on the admittedly substandard image below,
which dates back to August 2001, please refer to Aviation Museum Report 7.

f-104dj

Sole Survivor in Taiwan

A total of six JASDF F-104DJs, one of which was used for spares, accompanied the F-104Js that were passed to the Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force from July 1987. Details of the sole survivor are as follows:

JASDF RoCAF Last Known Location
36-5017 4595 Displayed on roadside in Shuili township, Nantou County.
Appears with photos of an F-104J on this 2010 blog entry
(link, entry dated 2010.5.21)

 

Lockheed T-33A

Serial Location
51-5609 Kumagaya AB, Saitama Prefecture (See Location Report 5)
51-5610 Ashiya AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
51-5620 In front of Shubudai Memorial Hall aviation history museum,
Iruma AB, Saitama Prefecture
51-5623 At Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Café), Irino 4702-16, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture
51-5627 Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
51-5629 In Yuhien (literally “Soar Upwards Park”) inside Hyakuri AB, Ibaraki Prefecture (Dec. 2019)
51-5632 Hofu Kita AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture (June 2014)
51-5637 Sozaburonuma Park, Mitane, Yamamoto District, Akita Prefecture
51-5639 Kawaguchiko Motor Museum, Fujizakura Highland, Narusawa,
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0320
(See Aug. 29, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
51-5644 Kasuga AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
51-5645 Next to main gate at Komaki AB, Aichi Prefecture (Feb. 2014)
51-5646 Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) Gifu Plant, Kakamigahara, Gifu Prefecture
(was previously painted to represent first KHI-produced aircraft 61-5201)
51-5647 Miho AB, Tottori Prefecture (June 2014)
51-5663 Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture
61-5217 Utsumi Park, Chitose, Hokkaido Prefecture
61-5221 On indoor display at Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum,
Gifu Prefecture (Apr. 2018, T-33AKai standard)
61-5228 Japan Aviation Academy Network (JANET) Corporation,
Yamanashi Campus, Kai, Yamanashi Prefecture
61-5229 Green Palace (B&G Foundation) marine centre, Yunomae, Kuma District, Kumamoto Prefecture
71-5239 Inside JASDF Air Park exhibition hangar, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
71-5242 Tamazato Sports Park, 2316-1 Kurimatashika, Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture
71-5244 Okuchi Sports Center, Okuchitorisu, Isa, Kagoshima Prefecture
71-5250 On “stilts” at Akadomari Coastal Sports Park, 2458 Akadomari, Akadomarimura,
Sado District, Niigata Prefecture (Aug. 2015)
71-5253 Kannondaki Park, 7601 Nakatsugawa, Satsuma Town, Satsuma District,
Kagoshima Prefecture (Broken up on site and removed, June 2020)
71-5254 North side of Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
71-5279 On plinths at Yoshii Sports Island, 1166 Yoshiimachi Chitose, Ukiha,
Fukuoka Prefecture 839-1304 (See Displayed Aircraft Special Report 2 below)
71-5293 On “stilts” at Retro Tachiarai Station, Chikuzen, Fukuoka Prefecture
(prior to Dec. 2008, location housed the Tachiarai Peace Museum)
71-5296 (Forward fuselage only) Privately owned, Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture
71-5305 Old Car Center, Naraha, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture
 (Note: Placed off limits following the March 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Power
  Plant disaster, the Old Car Center reopened in April 2016.)
71-5307 (Forward fuselage only) On former site of aerospace museum,
 Taishi Town, Ibaraki Prefecture (link)
71-5315 In athletics park, Tsunagi Town, Kumamoto Prefecture
71-5321 On indoor display at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, Komatsu Airport,
Ishikawa Prefecture
71-5323 (Forward fuselage only) Inside Shizuoka Institute of Science & Technology
museum, Sakaguchi Industrial Zone, Makinohara, Shizuoka Prefecture
(close to Mt. Fuji-Shizuoka airport)
81-5327 Naha AB, Okinawa Prefecture
81-5335 W2Design, Hinode, Nishi-Tama, Tokyo
(Displayed as skeleton fuselage at Aerospace Exhibition Tokyo, Oct. 2013)
81-5340 Mounted on plinths in clearing at Meda Forest Park, Izumo,
Shimane Prefecture (Apr. 2012)
81-5344 Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Misawa, Aomori Prefecture
81-5345 (Nose section only) Military Shop Ordnance, Nago, Okinawa Prefecture
81-5348 Nara AB, Nara Prefecture (April 2015)
81-5349 In poor condition at the exit of Car Park No. 2, Nago Pineapple Park, Nago,
Okinawa Prefecture (Tail section is from 81-5382)
81-5350 Close to Tokunoshima Airport terminal building, Kagoshima Prefecture (Apr. 2011)
81-5351 JASDF Yakumo sub-base, Yamakoshi District, Hokkaido Prefecture
(81-5358) (See 91-5403)
81-5362 Next to Hyugashintomi Station (JR Hyuga Line), Shintomi, Miyazaki Prefecture (close to Nyutabaru AB)
81-5364 At one time mounted on pole, in field as part of a small collection in Minobu
Town, Minamikoma District, Yamanashi Prefecture
(appeared on Japanese TV programme, April 2016)
81-5375 (Fuselage only) Privately owned, in front of house in Minami Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
81-5379 Komatsu AB, Ishikawa Prefecture
81-5387 Bihoro Aviation Park, Bihoro, Abashiri District, Hokkaido Prefecture
91-5403 Metase no Mori (Metasequoia Grove) parkland, 765 Yuminoshi, Chikujo,
Chikujo District, Fukuoka Prefecture 829-0107 (bears spurious serial 81-5358)
91-5410 Nyutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture
(See Displayed Aircraft Special Report 3 below)
Last updated: Nov. 13, 2020

shizuhamat-33Sadly, Lockheed T-33A 51-5612, a former resident at Shizuhama, Shizuoka Prefecture, was scrapped
along with an F-86D, F-104J and a T-1 in March 2016.

kakamit-33The T-33A on display at Kakamigahara (seen here in October 2000) was first delivered to the
JASDF in November 1956
[link].

Yuichi Yokokawa T-33AThe composite T-33A that stands close to the exit of a car park at Nago Pineapple Park in Okinawa.
The aircraft was formerly displayed in an equally poor condition at a nearby military
surplus supplies store.
(Photo [April 2014]: Yuichi Yokokawa)

Seen here in November 1999, the T-33A still kept at Tsuiki AB has seen annual use as a
childrens climbing frame.
(Photo: Takao Kadokami)

2018-12-02 12.44.24crsOne of the T-33As supplied direct from the United States, ’629 passed into JASDF hands in August 1955
and was placed in storage at Tsuiki after its withdrawal from use in October 1965. At some stage initially
displayed at Tsuiki, the aircraft was loaned to the Yatsu Play Land in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, in
1978, prior to taking up its long-term residence at Hyakuri. For some time now sporting the 501st Sqn’s
woodpecker tail marking, the aircraft was previously adorned with the markings of the 206th/207th
(Starfighter) and 301st (Phantom) squadrons in the 1970s and 80s, respectively.

Tachiarai T-33A

(Above) The sun goes down at the end of another day for the T-33A perched at the Tachiarai Retro
Station café at Tachiarai Station on the Amagi Railway Line in Chikuzen, Fukuoka Prefecture.
(Photo [Nov. 2015]: Soramimi via Wikimedia Commons)
The aircraft’s appearance had been greatly improved since its moss-covered days in 2010 (below).
(Photo [Jan. 2010]: Yakunashi via Wikimedia Commons)

Tachiarai T-33A (2)

T-33A 71-5279 Ukiha (1)Displayed Aircraft Special Report 2
Lockheed-Kawasaki T-33A 71-5279, Ukiha, Fukuoka Prefecture

Displayed at the Yoshii Sports Island recreation ground in the city of Ukiha, Fukuoka Prefecture, is this Kawasaki-built san-san ([T-]33[A]). Japanese sources state that the aircraft was delivered to the JASDF on July 16, 1957, finally retired on June 1, 1995, and donated to Yoshii-machi (the town that in 2005 was merged into Ukiha) in June 1996.

The signboards in front of the aircraft state that the airframe had been subjected to a total of 7,560 flight hours and that the Ukiha-Asakura Youth Air Group is (or was) responsible for the aircraft’s upkeep. Taken in March 2012, photos on a now defunct Yahoo indicated that a new coat of paint was applied at around that time. (Photos [April 2017]: Warren Hardcastle)

T-33A 71-5279 Ukiha (2)
Displayed Aircraft Special Report 3
Lockheed-Kawasaki T-33A 91-5410, Nyutabaru, Miyazaki Prefecture

The last of the 210 Kawasaki-built T-33As, ’410 was handed over to the JASDF at a ceremony held at Kawasaki’s Gifu plant on March 25, 1959. Four snapshots from its peripatetic existence during its squadron days are provided below.

(Photo [6th Sqn, Tsuiki, March 1967]: Takao Kadokami) 

Exact date unknown, but the aircraft wore the green tail marking of the Western Air Defense Force
HQ Support Flight Group to which it was assigned in the early 1980s.
(Photo: Ritmo via Twitter @LeicaS007)

While with the 301st Sqn at Nyutabaru in June 1989 (above) and November 1990
(Photos: Takao Kadokami)

Presumably having ended its career with the 301st Sqn, following its retirement from active service on May 31, 1991, the aircraft ended up with the Nyutabaru base collection.

(Photo [Nov. 1995]: Takao Kadokami)
(Photo [Nov. 1997]: Takao Kadokami)

(November 2000)

(Photo [July 2020]: JASDF Nyutabaru AB via Twitter @JASDF_Nyutabaru)

Also present in the Nyutabaru base museum is the tail of T-33A 91-5406. This aircraft was in service from February 28, 1959, initially with the 7th Sqn, to October 22, 1991, its last operator having been the 202nd Sqn. The latter’s marking graces the right side of the tail, that of the 301st Sqn the left side.

McDonnell-Douglas F-4EJKai Phantom II

Serial Location
17-8302  In Yuhien (literally “Soar Upwards Park”) inside Hyakuri AB,
 Ibaraki Prefecture (Dec. 2019)
37-8319  On plinths at Aviation Plaza, Airport Park, Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture
37-8321  Naha AB, Okinawa Prefecture
47-8345  Chitose AB, Hokkaido Prefecture
57-8360  Nyutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture (Oct. 2020)
57-8375  Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Misawa, Aomori Prefecture
77-8399  Hyakuri AB, Ibaraki Prefecture (302nd Sqn special markings [black])
87-8404  Placed on display at Komatsu AB main gate Oct. 9, 2020
 Was last with 302nd Sqn, but has 303rd (left) and 306th markings
87-8409  (F-4EJ) Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture (Jan. 2020)
07-8428  Hyakuri AB, Ibaraki Prefecture (302nd Sqn special markings [white])
Last updated: Oct. 23, 2020

naha302f-4ej(Above and below) Then and now shots of one of the pair of ex-works McDonnell-Douglas F-4EJ Phantoms
that was delivered in July 1971 and initiated a type service career that is planned to finally come to an end 
in early 2021. Shown above at Naha in December 2008, during its final assignment with the 302nd Sqn,
the aptly numbered ’302 was resplendent in markings celebrating the 7th Air Wing’s 40-year association
with the Phantom (markings originally sported by 67-8388 in October 2012) when placed in the Yuhien
at Hyakuri in April 2013 
(link [from July 2013]). The aircraft was still in good condition when the 
photo below was taken from the less accessible right side in December 2018.
(
Note: Having undergone a scheduled maintenance inspection, sister aircraft ’301 was returned to service 
with the Air Development & Test Wing at Gifu AB in September 2018.)

2018-12-02 13.07.48crs

Hyakuri F-4EJKai
This former 302nd TFS F-4EJKai is now displayed in an open area close to the Ibaraki airport
terminal building, opposite Hyakuri AB. 
(Photo: Tetsuya Otabe)

thumbnail_IMG_0250(Photo [December 2019]: Warren Hardcastle)

Modified to F-4EJKai standard in 1992, Nyutabaru’s Phantom made its last flight on November 28,
2007, and according to its signboard was the first to be retired. The aircraft took up residency
in 2008.
 (Photo [Oct. 2020]: JASDF Nyutabaru AB via Twitter @JASDF_Nyutabaru)

(Photo [January 2020]: JASDF Gifu AB [See Bulletin Board])

The scene close to the Komatsu main gate in early October 2020 as F-4EJKai ’404 is lowered
into position to serve as a gate guard.
(Photo [Oct. 9, 2020]: JASDF Komatsu AB via Twitter @JasdfKomatsu)
See the Bulletin Board and Base Histories pages.

McDonnell-Douglas RF-4E/EJ Phantom II

Serial Location
47-6901* (RF-4EKai) Hyakuri
47-6903* (RF-4EKai) Hyakuri
47-6905 (RF-4EKai) Hyakuri
57-6906 (RF-4EKai) In Yuhien (literally “Soar Upwards Park”) inside Hyakuri AB,
 Ibaraki Prefecture (Dec. 2019)
57-6907* (RF-4EKai) Hyakuri
57-6909* (RF-4EKai) Hyakuri
57-6912 (RF-4EKai) Hyakuri
57-6913 (RF-4EKai) Hyakuri
57-6914 (RF-4EKai) Hyakuri
47-6335 (RF-4EJKai) Hyakuri
67-6380* (RF-4EJKai) Hyakuri
77-6392 (RF-4EJKai) Hyakuri
77-6397 (RF-4EJKai) Hyakuri
87-6412 (RF-4EJ) On plinths at Aviation Plaza, Airport Park, Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture
07-6433* (RF-4EJKai) Hyakuri
(*) Denotes one of the six aircraft that flew for the last time on Mar. 9, 2020
Last updated: May 4, 2020

Hyakuri RF-4EJHaving avoided being modified to the upgraded standard and being broken up for spares, this RF-4EJ also graces the Aviation Plaza at Ibaraki airport, adjacent to its former base.
(Photo: Tetsuya Otabe)

2018-12-02 12.56.18crsIn service with the 501st Sqn from 1975 to 2009, the Hyakuri collection’s RF-4EKai
has been on display since 2010.

Mitsubishi F-1

Serial Location
70-8201 Stored in hangar at Iruma AB, Saitama Prefecture, opposite base’s
Shubudai Memorial Hall aviation history museum
70-8207 Mitsu Seiki Co., Ltd., 301 Shimogawai, Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture 656-1522
(See Feb. 18, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
80-8212 (Nose section only) At Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Cafe), 4702-16 Irino, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture 432-8061
80-8219 Used for fire crew training at Ashiya AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
80-8223 Mounted on pole as gate guard at Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture
90-8225 On indoor display at JASDF Air Park, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
90-8227 On indoor display at JASDF Air Park, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
90-8231 Viewable from road only at closed Harada Collection Racing Palace
(formerly Gotemba Racing Palace) automobile museum (Sept. 2018 [link])
73-1, Yoshikubo, Oyama-cho, Sunto-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture 410-1322
90-8232 Formerly at Tsuiki AB, now at JGSDF Otsu Army Camp, Shiga Prefecture
90-8233 (Nose section only)
On indoor display inside PR Building, Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture
90-8234 On plinths as gate guard at Kasuga AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
00-8242 JASDF Erimo Sub-Base, Hokkaido Prefecture
00-8246 JASDF Sado Sub-Base, Sado Island, Niigata Prefecture (Aug. 2015)
00-8247 Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Misawa, Aomori Prefecture
00-8249 JASDF Kamo Sub-Base, Ogashi, Akita Prefecture
10-8256 Hofu-Kita AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture (June 2014)
20-8260 On plinths close to main base collection at Miho AB, Tottori Prefecture (June 2014)
20-8263 National Defence Academy, Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture (Mar. 2014)
30-8268 Gate guard at U.S.-Japan Joint Air Defence Command HQ, Yokota AB, Tokyo
60-8273 Kumagaya AB, Saitama Prefecture (See Location Report 5)
60-8274 In Yuhien (literally “Soar Upwards Park”) inside Hyakuri AB, Ibaraki Prefecture (Dec. 2019)
60-8275 Fuchu AB, Tokyo (See Yuichi Yokokawa’s photo at the top of this page.)
70-8277 Mounted on plinths as gate guard at Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
Last updated: Dec. 3, 2019

tsuiki f-1In September 2000, the retired Mitsubishi F-1 then on display at Tsuiki AB was adorned with temporary special markings to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 6th Sqn, the resident operator of the type.
All the aircraft in the Tsuiki base collection were treated to a new paint finish in 2012.

JASDF Sado F-1Sado Island is historically a place of exile, so perhaps it was only right that this F-1 was banished to the
JASDF radar site sub-base there, for unknown misdeeds, in around 2005.
(Photo: JASDF Sado Sub-Base)

2018-12-02 13.05.03crsDelivered to the JASDF in 1986 and thus the youngest exhibit (32 at the time the photo was taken), the
Hyakuri collection F-1’s faded camouflage makes its appearance much worse than that of other, much 
older aircraft. Although the base museum is right next to the aircraft collection and sufficient space
could be made available, no funds have been allocated for a facility in which to store the aircraft
and from which to bring them out on special occasions. As it is, the museum is not open on air 
show days, being used primarily for new recruit educational purposes. The base website used 
to provide information on how members of the public could apply to join a group guided
tour, which included a whistle stop at the museum, but that page has been deleted.

Mitsubishi MU-2S

Serial Location
73-3201 (Fuselage only) At Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Café), Irino 4702-16, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture
13-3209 Inside JASDF Air Park exhibition hangar, Hamamatsu AB,
Shizuoka Prefecture
83-3223 Miyazaki Universal College, Miyazaki
63-3228 Nyutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture (Oct. 2020)
Last updated: Oct. 23, 2020

airparkmu-2Delivered to the JASDF in 1971, the MU-2S on display at the Air Park was with the Air Rescue Wing’s Akita detachment prior to its retirement from active service.

The MU-2S at Nyutabaru was the penultimate example delivered to the JASDF in 1986 and made
the last flight of the type, from Hamamatsu to its current retirement home, on October 22, 2008.
The aircraft was placed on display the same day as the KV-107
(see later), November 28, 2013.
(Photo [Oct. 2020]: JASDF Nyutabaru AB via Twitter @JASDF_Nyutabaru)

Mitsubishi T-2

Serial Location
19-5101 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagoya Aerospace Systems,
Komaki South Plant, Aichi Prefecture (pending relocation)
(See Feb. 22, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
29-5102 JASDF Air Development & Test Wing Wing 50th anniversary monument,
Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture
29-5103 (T-2CCV) Moved from long-term storage at Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture, to indoor display at nearby Kakamigahara Aerospace Museum (now Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum) in December 2014
59-5105 Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Misawa, Aomori Prefecture (standard training scheme; see ’177)
59-5107 (FS-T2Kai) Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture (from Feb. 20, 2017)
(formerly at No. 2 Supply Depot, Gifu AB)
59-5109 Removed from display at Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture,
by 2016, possibly placed in storage
59-5111 Inside JASDF Air Park exhibition hangar, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
(Blue Impulse aerobatic team markings)
59-5114 Used for flight simulator exhibit inside JASDF Air Park, Hamamatsu AB,
Shizuoka Prefecture
59-5115 (Nose section) Old Car Center, Naraha, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture
 (Note: Placed off limits following the March 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Power
  Plant disaster, the Old Car Center reopened in April 2016.)
69-5125 Ashino Prefectural Park, Goshogawara, Aomori Prefecture
69-5126 Takayama Air Park, Ayagawa, Kagawa Prefecture
69-5127 Nyutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture (Sept. 2020)
69-5128 Near Kazuma Station, Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture (April 2017)
(See Displayed Aircraft Special Report 4 below)
79-5146 (Nose section) On top of shed roof in Minobu Town, Minamikoma District,
Yamanashi Prefecture (Feb. 2012)
89-5151 Mounted on pillars at Kojika Kindergarten, 1-100 Hirai, Kashima, Ibaraki Prefecture
99-5163 On indoor display at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, Komatsu Airport,
Ishikawa Prefecture (Blue Impulse aerobatic team markings)
19-5173 On indoor display at Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum,
Gifu Prefecture (Blue Impulse aerobatic team markings, Apr. 2018 [link])
29-5175 In Yuhien (literally “Soar Upwards Park”) inside Hyakuri AB, Ibaraki Prefecture,
in Blue Impulse aerobatic team markings (Dec. 2019)
29-5176 Matsushima AB, Ibaraki Prefecture (Blue Impulse aerobatic team colours)
29-5177 Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Misawa, Aomori Prefecture
(Blue Impulse aerobatic team markings; see ’105)
51-5192 Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture (July 2018 [link])
79-5193 On display in hangar at Department of Aerospace Engineering,
School of Science & Engineering, Teikyo University Utsunomiya Campus,
Tochigi Prefecture
89-5196 Nyutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture
Last updated: Oct. 23, 2020

T-2 69-5128 Higashi-MatsushimaDisplayed Aircraft Special Report 4
Mitsubishi T-2, Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture

Perhaps the most poignantly symbolic of all former JASDF aircraft on display is this former Blue Impulse T-2, which is located close to unmanned Kazuma Station on the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) Senseki Line in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture.

Although inundated and still bearing the scars of the tsunami that was triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, this area was not as badly affected as nearby Matsushima AB, though Kazuma Station remained closed for just over a year.

The aircraft was first delivered to the JASDF on July 2, 1976, and originally saw service with the 22nd Sqn before being flown by the aerobatic team from February 1983 to December 1995. After retirement, the aircraft reportedly did the rounds of air bases, including Nara, as a promotional exhibit.

Possibly as part of the post-tsunami clean-up of the area, the aircraft seems to have been repainted, removing some of the original stencil markings in the process. The air intake splitter plate on the port side still bears the names of the 14-man team from the 4th Air Wing’s Maintenance Support Group at the air base that was responsible for installing the aircraft on its pedestal on July 18, 2001. (Photo: Warren Hardcastle [April 2017])

airparkt-2
Given the nickname “Triple Sticks” from the last three digits of its serial number, T-2 59-5111 at the JASDF Air Park
(above) retains the markings of its time with the Blue Impulse aerobatic display team. Sister ship 99-5163 (below) has been granted pride of place at the Ishikawa Prefecture Aviation Plaza located across from Komatsu Airport’s terminal buildings.

ishikawa t-2
Misawa T-2(Photo: Misawa Aviation & Science Museum)

Kakamigahara T-2 CCVIn December 2014, the T-2 Control-Configured Vehicle (CCV) was a valuable addition to what is
now the new-look Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum. 

Hyakuri T-2Delivered to the JASDF as Blue Impulse aircraft ‘5’ in 1982, ’175 was the team leader’s mount for the
final T-2 display season, which ended in December 1995. The aircraft reached the end of its flying
career with the 21st Sqn in April 2001 and was added to the Hyakuri collection soon thereafter.

(Photo [Sept. 2020]: JASDF Nyutabaru AB via Twitter @JASDF_Nyutabaru)

NAMC YS-11

Serial Location
52-1152 (YS-11P) Aichi Museum of Flight, Nagoya Airport, Aichi Prefecture
Last updated: Nov. 26, 2017

 

North American F-86D Sabre

Serial Location
84-8102 In storage hangar at Tokorozawa Aviation Museum, Saitama Prefecture
84-8104 In JASDF Air Park exhibition hangar, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
84-8106 Ashiya AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
84-8115 Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
84-8119 Family Sports Park, Chippubetsu, Uryu District, Hokkaido Prefecture
94-8125 Painted as “84-8111” at Komaki AB, Aichi Prefecture (Feb. 2014)
84-8127 Hofu Minami AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture
84-8128 Kumagaya AB, Saitama Prefecture (See Location Report 5)
94-8146 Aviation Museum, Hijiri Village Museum 5889-1 Hijiri, Omi Village,
Higashichikuma District, Nagano Prefecture 399-7701
04-8164 (Front fuselage only) Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Café), Irino 4702-16,
Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture
04-8182 In store with damaged tail at Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture
(with spurious serial “04-8209”)

04-8187
Former base collection aircraft at Nyutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture
On dump with spurious tail markings August 2020
(See Displayed Aircraft Special Report 5 below)
04-8191 JGSDF Army Camp Zentsuji, Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture
04-8195 Kaimondake Nature Park, Kagoshima Prefecture
04-8196 Nara AB, Nara Prefecture (painted as “84-8100”)
04-8197 In Yuhien (literally “Soar Upwards Park”) inside Hyakuri AB, Ibaraki Prefecture (Dec. 2019)
04-8199 Chitose AB, Hokkaido Prefecture
04-8202 Miho AB, Tottori Prefecture (June 2014)
04-8203 Hofu Kita AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture (June 2014)
04-8205 Instructional airframe at Japan Aviation Academy High School, Yamanashi Campus, Kai, Yamanashi Prefecture
14-8217 Komatsu AB, Ishikawa Prefecture
14-8222 JGSDF Otsu Army Camp, Shiga Prefecture
Last updated: Nov. 14, 2020

shizuhamaf-86dSeen in May 2012, the apparently well-preserved F-86D Sabre at Shizuhama sports the shachihoko tail
marking that was worn by three Komaki-based F-86 units. For some reason, this aircraft was one
of four broken up at the base in March 2016.

Komaki F-86DForming part of the base collection at Komaki in Aichi Prefecture, this F-86D bears a spurious serial number in place of 94-8125 and 102 Sqn tail markings.

tokorozawaf-86dThe Tokorozawa Aviation Museum’s F-86D Sabre was surrounded by assorted artifacts at
the October 2013 storage hangar open day.

IMG_0001crs(Above [October 2000] and below [December 2018]) Delivered to the JASDF in August 1960, the F-86D
at Hyakuri was withdrawn from use while serving with the Chitose-based 103rd Sqn in October 1968.
Japanese sources show that, during its time as a Hyakuri gate guard, the aircraft has worn the plum
blossom tail markings of the Starfighter-equipped 206th and 207th squadrons and, in the late-1980s,
even that of the Misawa-based 3rd Air Wing. The eagle’s head of the 204th Sqn had been applied by
the early 2000s and has remained even though that F-15J squadron moved to Naha in 2009.
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The F-86D displayed at Komatsu carries the two blue tail stripes that were once the marking of
the Chitose-based 103rd Sqn.
(Photo [September 2018]: Hunini via Wikimedia Commons)

Displayed Aircraft Special Report 5A
North American F-86D Sabre 04-8106, Ashiya AB, Fukuoka Prefecture

Handed over to the JASDF on June 3, 1958, this aircraft was placed in temporary storage at JASDF Kisarazu three days later and not supplied to squadron service, the 102nd at Komaki, until its formation on March 1, 1959. With the same unit upon its disbandment at the same base on October 1, 1968, the dates for its move to and subsequent display at Ashiya are unknown. The aircraft was still present in October 2019 (link).

The aircraft in October 1990; a similar side view, taken in 1995, can be found here (link).
(Photo: Takao Kadokami)

Despite having spent its service career with the 102nd Sqn, the aircraft was given the similar 
markings of the 101st, which differ only in having a green rather than a yellow horizontal tail stripe.
(Above two photos taken in September 2000)

Displayed Aircraft Special Report 5B
North American F-86D Sabre 04-8187, Nyutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture

Handed over to the JASDF 60 years ago, on May 24, 1960, this aircraft started and ended its short active service career—at Komaki and Chitose, respectively—with the 2nd Air Wing’s 103rd Sqn. It is not known how many years passed between its withdrawal from use, on October 1, 1968, the day of the 103rd’s disbandment, and its arrival to join the Nyutabaru base collection.

Possibly used merely to test the application of a green and grey camouflage scheme, at a time 
when these were in vogue, the aircraft was still sporting this and the 202nd Sqn tail marking
and on this same spot two years later.
(Photo [November 1982]: Takao Kadokami)

(Photo [November 1995]: Takao Kadokami)

(Photos above and below: November 2000)

In August 2020, it seemed that the aircraft was awaiting disposal (link) alongside the base collection’s F-86F; both shared the same fake tail marking (link).

North American F-86F-40* Sabre

Serial Location
52-7403 (*F-86F-30) Hofu-Minami AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture
52-7406 (*F-86F-30) Ashiya AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
52-7408 (*F-86F-25) Komatsu AB, Ishikawa Prefecture
62-7415 (*F-86F-30) Chitose AB, Hokkaido Prefecture
62-7417 (*F-86F-30) Shizuhama AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
(62-7427) See 92-7897
(62-7437) (See photo below.) Instructional airframe inside hangar at Department
of Aerospace Engineering, Nippon Bunri University, Oita, Oita Prefecture
62-7508 Misawa AB, Aomori Prefecture
62-7527 Nara AB, Nara Prefecture
62-7702 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagoya Aerospace Systems,
Komaki South Plant, Aichi Prefecture (pending relocation)
(See Feb. 22, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
72-7723 Displayed inside resource centre at Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture
(72-7743) See 92-7910
72-7749 Sodeura Park, Ryuyo, Iwata, Shizuoka Prefecture
72-7753 On raised structure in car park of Seikodo (now DrugTops) drugstore
1011-3 Iguchishinden, Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture 946-0076
82-7777 Kasuga AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
(in Blue Impulse aerobatic team markings; see 02-7964)
82-7778 Komaki AB, Aichi Prefecture (Feb. 2014)
82-7789 Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture (July 2018 [link])
82-7807 In front of Shubudai Memorial Hall aviation history museum,
Iruma AB, Saitama Prefecture
(82-7818) See 92-7883
82-7849 Kumagaya AB, Saitama Prefecture (See Location Report 5)
82-7865 Aviation Museum, Hijiri Village Museum 5889-1 Hijiri, Omi Village, Higashichikuma District, Nagano Prefecture 399-7701
92-7883 JGSDF Kita Utsunomiya Army camp, Tochigi Prefecture
(with spurious serial 82-7818)
92-7885 In Yuhien (literally “Soar Upwards Park”) inside Hyakuri AB, Ibaraki Prefecture (Dec. 2019)
92-7888 Peace park within Hachimenzan Nature Park, Sanko, Oita Prefecture
92-7897 Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture (sporting spurious serial 62-7427)
92-7910 Bears spurious serial 72-7743 at local museum
Shimizu 36-1, Kota, Nukata District, Aichi Prefecture 444-0124 (Mar. 2014)

92-7916
Former base collection aircraft at Nyutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture
On dump with spurious tail markings August 2020
(See Displayed Aircraft Special Report 6 below)
92-7922 Nose section only displayed inside resource centre at Tsuiki AB,
Fukuoka Prefecture
(92-7929) See 12-7975
92-7938 Mounted on pole at Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
02-7946 (Painted as 12-7996) Old Car Center, Naraha, Futaba District,
 Fukushima Prefecture
 (Note: Placed off limits following the March 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Power
  Plant disaster, the Old Car Center reopened in April 2016.)
02-7960 Inside JASDF Air Park exhibition hangar, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
(in Blue Impulse aerobatic team markings; see also 02-7966)
02-7962 Painted as Blue Impulse 02-7960 at Zero Fighter Museum (Kawaguchiko Aviation
Hall), Fujizakura Highland, Narusawa, Minamitsuru District,
Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0320
(See Aug. 29, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
02-7964 JASDF Takahatayama sub-base, Kushima, Miyazaki Prefecture
(with spurious serial 82-7777, q.v.)
02-7966 Mounted on pole at JASDF Air Park, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
(in Blue Impulse aerobatic team markings; see also 02-7960)
02-7970 Derelict at Zero Fighter Museum (Kawaguchiko Automobile Hall),
Yamanashi Prefecture (see 02-7962)
(See Aug. 29, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
12-7975 Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture (with spurious serial ’92-7929′, Oct. 2019)
12-7996 (See 02-7946)
Last updated: Nov. 14, 2020

airparkf-86fThe pole-mounted F-86F makes a distinctive feature at the main entrance to the Air Park’s exhibition hall. Another example is on terra firma static display inside the building.

Carrying 4th Sqn tail markings, the aircraft on display at Komatsu still appeared to be in
good condition in September 2018.
(Photo: Hunini via Wikimedia Commons) 

(Above and below) The F-86F displayed at Tsuiki photographed 17 years apart; that above was
taken in September 2000, that below in November 2017. The aircraft carries 6th Sqn markings
on the left side of its tail, and those of the 10th Sqn on the right.

(Nov. 2017 photo: Hunini via Wikimedia Commons)

utsunomiyaf-86This JASDF F-86F interloper at JGSDF Kita-Utsunomiya Army camp has been painted to loosely represent an aircraft from the Blue Impulse aerobatic team.

Komaki F-86FSeen here in February 2014, the F-86F preserved at Komaki shares a picturesque on-base display area
with a number of other retired aircraft.

JASDF F-86F NakatsuDelivered to the JASDF in March 1959 and retired from service when with the 10th Sqn in July 1976,
F-86F ‘Triple 8’ somehow ended up in a peace park in the city of Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture.
Although this photo was taken in June 1985, the aircraft is reportedly still in residence,
having been repainted in 2006.
(Photo: Takao Kadokami)

Nippon Bunri F-86F OitaThe F-86F sitting forlornly in a corner of the instructional airframe hangar at Nippon Bunri University 
in Oita is a composite of at least three aircraft. Although carrying ‘437’ on its nose, the fuselage is
from 62-7473, which was delivered to the JASDF on May 12, 1956, and flown by the 1st Air Wing.
After ending its career with the Tsuiki-based 6th Sqn on October 21, 1980, the aircraft was perched
atop a hospital in Oita from April the following year, bearing the name of a restaurant in Fukuoka
City owned by an aviation enthusiast (Lindbergh), on its rear fuselage.
First delivered to the JASDF on August 8, 1956, the real 62-7437 served with the 1st Air Wing
until its retirement on March 30, 1982.
(Photo [April 2017]: Warren Hardcastle)

IMG_0003crs(Above [October 2000], below [December 2018]) Delivered to the JASDF in March 1959, the Hyakuri
collection’s F-86F was in storage from 1973 to 1979 before being operated by the 6th Sqn from Tsuiki.
Assigned to the Central Air Command HQ Air Squadron at the time of its retirement in March 1982, 
the aircraft had been placed on display at Hyakuri (at that time in blue 9th Sqn fin flash markings)
by January 1985, and the U.S. Air Force-style fuselage stripe added at some stage in the late 1980s.
Applied in the early 2000s, its current tail marking matched that of the then resident 305th Sqn and
has remained even after that unit relocated its F-15Js to Naha in 2016.
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Displayed Aircraft Special Report 6A
North American F-86F Sabre 52-7406, Ashiya AB, Fukuoka Prefecture

This aircraft was formally handed over to the JASDF at Kisarazu on December 1, 1955, and supplied to what was then just called the Air Wing on the 19th of that month.

At Tsuiki AB on March 1, 1956, ’406 was one of the four aircraft used for the first public formation flight performed by JASDF pilots, all of whom were wartime veterans that had undergone jet training with the U.S. Air Force in the States.

Its brief period on active service over, the aircraft was passed to the 3rd Technical School on August 26, 1959. The dates for its move to and subsequent display at Ashiya are unknown. The earliest photo found thus far was this one, taken in January 1968 (link), the most recent is from October 2019 (link). The following four photos depict the aircraft over the decades from the 1970s.

(Photo [October 1978]: Takao Kadokami)
(Photo [October 1980]: Takao Kadokami)
(Photo [October 1990]: Takao Kadokami)
(September 2000)

Displayed Aircraft Special Report 6B
North American F-86F Sabre 92-7916, Nyutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture

Taken on charge by the 5th Air Wing’s 10th Sqn on August 13, 1959, this aircraft was withdrawn from active service while with the 6th Sqn, under the 8th Air Wing at Tsuiki, on June 8, 1976. Three photos from the 1990s follow.

(Photo [November 1995]: Takao Kadokami)

(Photos above and below [November 1995]: Takao Kadokami)

(November 2000)

In August 2020, it seemed that the sad-looking aircraft was awaiting disposal (link) alongside the base collection’s F-86D. Both aircraft carried the same fake tail marking, like that of the early 6th Sqn design with its stripe colour changed from red to blue.

North American T-6G* Texan

Serial Location
52-0002 (*T-6D) Ashiya AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
52-0010 (*T-6F) Inside JASDF Air Park exhibition hangar, Hamamatsu AB,
Shizuoka Prefecture
52-0011 (*T-6F) In storage for airshow display purposes at Shizuhama AB,
Shizuoka Prefecture
(“72-0022”) (See 72-0176)
52-0041 Japan Aviation Academy Network (JANET) Corporation, Yamanashi Prefecture
52-0071 JGSDF Fukushima Army camp, Fukushima City, as “86-1144”
(52-0074) Formerly stored at Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture, scrapped 2014 
52-0075 Komaki AB, Aichi Prefecture
52-0076 Bihoro Aviation Park, Bihoro, Abashiri District, Hokkaido Prefecture
52-0078 JGSDF Higashi-Chitose Army camp, Hokkaido Prefecture (Feb. 2001[link]) (May 2014)
52-0080 Dumped minus wings, Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture (July 2018 [link])
52-0082 Komatsu AB, Ishikawa Prefecture
52-0083 Nara National College of Technology, 22 Yatacho, Yamatokoriyama,
Nara Prefecture (April 2017)
52-0084 Yamazaki Mazak Corporation of Oguchi, Aichi Prefecture
52-0098? Zero Fighter Museum (Kawaguchiko Aviation Hall), Yamanashi Prefecture
(See Aug. 29, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
52-0099 On indoor display at Tokorozawa Aviation Museum, Saitama Prefecture
52-0101 Disguised as Zero on plinths inside the Zero Fighter Research Center at
Rurikei Spa, Sonobe, Nantan, Kyoto Prefecture
52-0104 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aerospace Systems, Komaki South Plant,
Aichi Prefecture (Aug. 2016, current whereabouts unknown)
(See photo from 1952 at top of this page)
52-0118 In front of love hotel (Hotel 2in1), Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture (April 2017)
52-0128 Kumagaya AB, Saitama Prefecture (See Location Report 5)
52-0131 Part of small collection in Minobu Town, Minamikoma District,
Yamanashi Prefecture (appeared on Japanese TV programme, April 2016)
72-0142 In dilapidated state in park at Kiryugaoka amusement park, Miyamotomachi 4-1-1,
Kiryu, Gunma Prefecture
72-0147 JGSDF Iwate Army camp, Takizawa, Iwate District, Iwate Prefecture
“72-0169” (See below)
72-0178 Repainted as “72-0169”, Nyutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture (Aug. 2020)
72-0176 (Painted as 72-0022) Old Car Center, Naraha, Futaba District,
Fukushima Prefecture
 (Note: Placed off limits following the March 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Power
  Plant disaster, the Old Car Center reopened in April 2016.)
Last updated: Nov. 14, 2020

shizuhamat-6Shizuhama personnel drag out the resident T-6F Texan (above) for the base’s annual open house event. Note the strategically placed engine oil drip tray.
The positioning of the T-6G at the Tokorozawa Aviation Museum
(below) affords
this glimpse into the rear cockpit.
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52-0083 Nara T-6G
Received by the Nara National College of Technology as long ago as 1965, T-6 52-0083 carries the
abbreviation NNCT above the starboard wing.
(Photo [April 2017]: Warren Hardcastle)

T-6G 52-0118 You have probably already seen the photo on this page of a well-tended Mitsubishi T-2 tastefully
mounted on a pedestal near Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture. At the other end of the scale,
and of the country, is this dilapidated T-6G that has ended up at the 2inPart1 love hotel in
Miyakonojo. Miyazaki Prefecture. Supplied to the nascent JASDF on October 5, 1955,
52-0118 was assigned the Chitose AB air rescue detachment at the time of its
withdrawal from service on October 23, 1968. Loaned to what is now the
Dai-ichi Institute of Technology in Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture,
in the mid-70s, the aircraft appears to have been slowly decaying at
its current location for some time.
(Photo [April 2017]: Warren Hardcastle)

Displayed Aircraft Special Report 7
North American T-6G Texan “72-0169”, Nyutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture

Admittedly looking far from authentic, a photo on the FlyTeam website (link) states that 72-0169 is in fact 72-0178, a long-time resident, after having been given a makeover. Another source lists ’178 as having indeed been on display at Nyutabaru but broken up on an unknown date. If the former is correct, the following photos point to ’178 having been repainted in 1996 or ’97.

Provided to the JASDF on November 12, 1957, and withdrawn from active service at Nyutabaru on
March 11, 1970, this aircraft was still present until at least November 1995,
when this photo was taken.
(Photo: Takao Kadokami)

Reportedly the former ’178, this photo of “169” was taken in November 1997. Provided to the 
JASDF on February 16, 1957, the real ’169 was withdrawn from active service on March 11, 
1970, and moved to Nyutabaru, date unknown.
(Photo: Takao Kadokami)


(Above two photos taken in November 2000)

(Photo [August 2020]: JASDF Nyutabaru AB via Twitter @JASDF_Nyutabaru)

North American T-28B Trojan

Serial Location
63-0581 Inside JASDF Air Park exhibition hangar, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
Last updated: Aug. 20, 2017

airpark t-28Initially assigned the civil registration JA3086 when imported from the manufacturer in 1954, this North American T-28B Trojan was passed to the then Japan Defense Agency for technical research purposes in 1956. Converted for the reconnaissance training role in 1962, the aircraft suffered a heavy landing at Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, on July 3, 1963, when serving with the 501st Sqn. For a time used
as an instructional airframe at Kumagaya AB in Saitama Prefecture, the aircraft was in place
when the Air Park first opened its doors in April 1999.

JASDF T-28B 1954The T-28B in its newly arrived look. Imported in October 1954 and assembled by then Shin Mitsubishi
(New Mitsubishi) Heavy Industries—note the three diamonds logo on the tail—this photo was taken at
Komaki airfield on November 30 that year, on the first of two days of flight testing. The aircraft was
put through its paces for the benefit of the top brass of the then newly formed JASDF
at Hamamatsu, its now long-term home, on January 6, 1955.

(Photo from Jan. 1955 issue of The World’s Aircraft, used with permission of Hobun Shorin, Co., Ltd.)


Helicopter Types

Kawasaki-Vertol KV-107IIA-5

Serial Location
24-4832 Inside JASDF Air Park exhibition hangar, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
74-4844 Stored in hangar at Iruma AB, Saitama Prefecture, opposite Shubudai Memorial Hall aviation history museum
04-4851 Komaki AB, Aichi Prefecture (Feb. 2014)
04-4852 Nyutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture (Sept. 2020)
Last updated: Oct. 23, 2020

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J-HangarSpace was present at Iruma AB on November 3, 2009, when KV-107IIA-5 74-4844 was put through a spirited performance on what was its last flight. Its wings clipped, the aircraft is
currently languishing next to the Mitsubishi F-1 prototype in a storage hangar
opposite the base’s Shubudai Memorial Hall.

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Komaki KV107The Komaki AB collection’s KV-107IIA-5 seen bathed in early spring sunshine in February 2014.

JASDF Air Park KV-107A long-standing resident, the JASDF Air Park’s KV-107IIA-5 was formerly assigned to the air rescue unit at the adjacent Hamamatsu AB.

Placed on display at Nyutabaru on November 28, 2013, the year of its withdrawal from service
when based at Hamamatsu, the KV-107IIA-5 at Nyutabaru had been the last of the type
delivered to the JASDF, on February 16, 1990.

(Photo [Sept. 2020]: JASDF Nyutabaru AB via Twitter @JASDF_Nyutabaru)

Banchoh1289Three sorry-looking KV-107IIs behind the scenes at Komaki in 2004, the JASDF’s 50th anniversary year.
(Photo: Banchoh via Twitter [@BANF30])

Piasecki H-21B

Serial Location
02-4756 JASDF Air Park, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
Last updated: Jan. 9, 2014

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The removal of H-21B 02-4759
(above) from the Gifu base collection leaves only one example of the type on permanent display, at the JASDF Air Park (below).

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Sikorsky H-19C

Serial Location
91-4707 Ashiya AB, Fukuoka Prefecture bearing spurious serial 91-4777
91-4709 Inside JASDF Air Park exhibition hangar, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
Last updated: Jan. 9, 2014

airparkh-19Formerly operated from Hamamatsu AB, this fortunate H-19C has been on indoor display at the adjacent JASDF Air Park since March 2000.

Displayed Aircraft Special Report 8
Sikorsky-Mitsubishi H-19C “91-4777”, Ashiya AB, Fukuoka Prefecture

This is another aircraft that for some reason sports a doctored serial. As the nearby sign proclaims, this aircraft was present (as the real 91-4707) at Hamamatsu on March 18, 1958, the day the then Provisional Air Rescue Squadron was formed. Were it displayed at a Mitsubishi facility, mention would no doubt be made this, the third S-55 airframe in Japan, was actually the first to be built under licence by the company.

Due to advancing years, its career was brought to an end while serving with the Ashiya Air Rescue Squadron on January 18, 1973, the day on which it was, literally, put out to grass. It was during a makeover in 2000 that the last three of its serial were changed. This photo shows its condition in October 2019 (link).

After five years of being exposed to the elements, in October 1978. (Photo: Takao Kadokami)

(Photo [September 1991]: Takao Kadokami)

ashiya h-19Seen in September 2000, reportedly the year in which its serial was doctored during maintenance.

Complete with JASDF 50th anniversary sticker on its nose, October 2004 (Photo: Takao Kadokami)

Sikorsky S-62J

Serial Location
53-4774 Inside JASDF Air Park exhibition hangar, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
53-4775 Next to main gate at Komaki AB, Aichi Prefecture (Feb. 2014)
63-4776 Miho AB, Tottori Prefecture (June 2014)
Last updated: Aug. 3, 2014

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(Above and below) Three of the JASDF’s nine Mitsubishi-built Sikorsky S-62J rescue helicopters remain. Known by the unofficial name of Raicho (Ptarmigan), the type was in sevice from 1963 to 1983 before being replaced by the more capable, twin-engined Kawasaki-Vertol KV-107.

Komaki S-62J

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Notices

Announcements

JASDF
Airshows in 2021
Mar. 6  Komaki

Airshows in 2020
All shows cancelled
Apr. 5  Kumagaya
May 24  Hofu
May 24  Shizuhama
June  Miho  
July 19  Chitose
Aug. 23  Matsushima
Sept.  Komatsu
Sept.  Misawa
Oct.  Ashiya
Oct.  Hamamatsu
Oct.*  Hyakuri
  (SDF Review)
Nov. 3  Iruma
Nov.  Gifu
Dec.  Tsuiki
Dec.  Naha
Dec. 6  Nyutabaru

Airshows in 2019
Komaki 2019 poster
Mar. 2  Komaki
Apr. 14  Kumagaya
May 19  Shizuhama
June 2  Hofu-Kita
June 2  Miho
Aug. 4  Chitose
Aug. 25  Matsushima
Sept. 8  Misawa
Sept. 16  Komatsu
Oct. 13  Ashiya
Oct. 20  Hamamatsu
Nov. 3  Iruma
Nov. 9  Komaki
Nov. 10  Gifu 
Nov. 23  Kasuga
Dec. 1  Hyakuri
Dec. 7-8  Naha
Dec. 8  Tsuiki
Dec. 15  Nyutabaru

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JGSDF
Airshows in 2020
All shows cancelled

Jan. 12  Narashino
(paratroop display)
Apr. 11 Somagahara

May 24  Okadama
Oct.  Kisarazu
Oct.  Metabaru
Oct.  Yao
Oct.  Tachikawa
Nov.  Akeno

Airshows in 2019
narashino1ab2019koukahajimersJan. 13  Narashino
 (paratroop display)
Apr. 13  Kasuminome
Apr. 13  Somagahara
May 12  Takayubaru
June 1  Kasumigaura
June 16  Kita-Utsunomiya
June 23  Okadama
Oct. 6  Metabaru
Nov. 3  Akeno
Nov. 9  Tachikawa
Nov. 17  Naha
Nov. 24  Yao
Dec. 8  Kisarazu

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JMSDF
Airshows in 2020
All shows cancelled
Apr. 11 Atsugi
(joint Friendship Day)
Apr. 26  Kanoya
May 5  Iwakuni
(joint Friendship Day)
Oct.  Ozuki
Oct.  Shimofusa
Nov.  Tokushima

Airshows in 2019
Apr. 27  Atsugi
Apr. 28  Kanoya
May 5  Iwakuni
(joint Friendship Day)
May 18  Maizuru
May 19  Ohmura
July 13-14
          Komatsushima
July 27  Tateyama
Sept. 21  Hachinohe
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Oct. 20  Ozuki
Oct. 26 Shimofusa
Nov. 17  Tokushima

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

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