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JASDF – Where Are They Now?  Part 1

As far as is possible, this section will provide the latest information on the whereabouts of surviving examples of withdrawn JASDF aircraft, which can be found in places far removed from the cosseted shelter of aviation museums.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 latter being included in Part 2, the information comes in the form of tables of aircraft by type that are being interspersed with a growing number of photos.

Part 1  Beechcraft B-65 (Queen Air A65) to McDonnell-Douglas F-15J Eagle

Part 2  Mitsubishi F-1 to North American T-28B Trojan plus helicopter types

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.

As a general guide, a colour-coded Where Are They Now? listing by prefecture follows the tabular JMSDF aircraft information [here].

The JASDF Air Park at Hamamatsu AB, September 2000. Having become something of
a “time capsule” in the 20 years of its existence, the facility underwent some radical
changes in 2021. See the January and April 2021 Bulletin Board stories for details.

Now housed in a facility within KHI’s Gifu Works, a former Blue Impulse T-4 relives its
mirror formation flying days.
(Photo [Nov. 2022]: DOLPHIN via Twitter @s2f5g4)

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

Contrastingly, the same Matsushima F-86F receives some TLC from base personnel, next to a sign
that warns children that climbing on aircraft can be dangerous. The accompanying caption stated  
that some of the cleaning detail are air traffic controllers, who rarely come into close contact  
with the aircraft, being given the opportunity to trade in their headset mikes for wipes.

(Photo [July 2020]: JASDF/Matsushima AB via Twitter @matsushimabase

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the SDFs increased their output of media information. In the case
case of Komaki’s PR office, this included releasing this unusually artsy image of a Fuji T-3, one of 
two aircraft that are sheltered in wartime dispersal hangars at the base.

(Photo [August 2021]: via Twitter @komaki_airbase)

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)

(Above and below) The numbers of preserved aircraft in less secure display environments than say 
the JASDF Air Park are gradually dwindling. Both of these examples, which were displayed at 
the Family Sports Park in Chippubetsu, Hokkaido Prefecture, were removed and disposed of
as part of the park’s refurbishment in 2016, 10 years after these photos were taken.

(Photos [Nov. 2006]: 100 Yen via Wikimedia Commons)

Fixed-Wing Types

Beechcraft B-65 (Queen Air A65)

Serial Location
03-3093 Old Car Center KUDAN, Naraha, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture
 (Sept. 2020 [link])
03-3094 Removed from display at JASDF Air Park and placed in outside storage at
Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture (Mar. 2021)
03-3095 Naha AB, Okinawa (Oct. 2021 [link])
Last updated: May 9, 2022

airparkb65The B-65 that was removed from display and placed in outside storage at the JASDF Air Park in
March 2021 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)

(Photo [Old Car Center KUDAN, Naraha, Dec. 2019]: Warren Hardcastle)

Having been registered N7754 for ferry flight purposes, 03-3093 (above) was initially delivered to the JMSDF as 6722 on September 3, 1963, and had served with the 202nd Air Training Sqn before being transferred to the JASDF on March 5, 1980. The aircraft is still carrying the markings applied when flown for the last time on February 3, 1998, and for its last public appearance, at the Iruma air show the following November. Note though that the inscription on the engine nacelle gives 1969 as the year of its service entry.

Beechcraft T-34A Mentor (Part 1/2)

Serial Location

National Defense Academy, Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, as 防大-0781
(Believed still current, photos from Nov. 2008 [link], Nov. 2013 [link] and
Nov. 2019 [link], see also 51-0372)

(51-0309) On “stilts” minus its wheels at Hofu Kita AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture
(May 2017 [link]) Removed some time after June 2018
51-0331 Nara AB, Nara Prefecture (June 2019 [link], Apr. 2022 [link])

Aviation Museum, Hijiri Village Museum 5889-1 Hijiri, Omi Village,
Higashichikuma District, Nagano Prefecture 399-7701
(Photos from June 2018 [link] and Oct. 2022 [link])

Hofu-Kita AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture (July 2022 [link])
Previously at National Defense Academy, Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture,
as 防大-0782, replaced 51-0309 at Hofu-Kita c. late 2018 
(Photos from Nov. 2009 [link] and Nov. 2017 [link], see also 41-0297)

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
(Photos from Oct. 2015 [link], Nov. 2017 [link] and Sept. 2019 [link])
61-0389 Uwatoko Park, Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture
(Photos from Aug. 2019 [link] and Apr. 2022 [link])
(Continued in Part 2 below)
Last updated: Mar. 14, 2024

(Above) The Nara T-34A as it appeared in April 2013. A photo posted by the base soon after the
collection had undergone facelifts
(below, see Bulletin Board March 2023) showed this aircraft
in the background. Currently sporting an orange colour scheme, its overall appearance is
marred by a badly clouded canopy.

(Photos: [Top] Hunini via Wikimedia Commons; [above, posted March 2023]
JASDF Nara via Twitter @JASDF_nara)

The Hijiri Museum T-34A’s operational service commenced in March 1955 and ended while
assigned to the 11th FTW in September 1973. Although in comparatively good condition, the
orange-painted areas on the wingtips and atop the fin have almost disappeared. 
The propeller that can be seen in the background of the photo below is one of the few 
remaining relics from JASDF C-46 91-1144, the nose section and main wheels of
which were removed from display and disposed of by Gifu AB personnel circa 2012.

(Photos [Aug. 2020]: TAKA via X @alice_herb)

(Photo [JASDF Air Park, Nov. 2014]: Hunini via Wikimedia Commons)

Beechcraft T-34A Mentor (Part 2/2)

Serial Location
61-0390 Stored at Shizuhama AB, Shizuoka Prefecture for airshow display purposes
(Photos from May 2019 [link], May 2023 [link])
61-0391 On plinths as gate guard at Hofu Minami AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture
(May 2017 [link])
61-0402 Komatsu AB, Ishikawa Prefecture (Oct. 2023 [link])
61-0406 Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture (Nov. 2019 [link], Nov. 2023 [link])
(71-0416) (Removed from display and probably scrapped at 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 Universal College,
Miyazaki Prefecture (to be confirmed)

Mounted on pole on forecourt of car dealership Nagano Motors
1414-1 Tonzawa, Aoi Ward, Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture
(Photos from May 2020 [link], Nov. 2022 [link])
71-0430 Outside nursery school at 1140 Shirasu, Hakushu-cho, Hokuto,
Yamanashi Prefecture (May 2018 [link], Oct. 2022 [link])
71-0432 On plinths in Hibarino Park, Gonohe, Sannohe District, Aomori Prefecture
(Sept. 2022 [link])
71-0435 (Nose section only) Onrakukan, Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture (April 2017)
(Aug. 2008 [link])
Last updated: Mar. 13, 2024

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.

One of the 75 Fuji-built T-34As delivered to the JASDF, in this case in 1956, the Hofu-Minami AB
Mentor was initially parked in the air rescue squadron area on Nyutabaru AB when its
operational career came to an end in January 1980.

(Photo [posted Mar. 2021]: Aomori SDF Provincial Cooperation Office via X @aomori_PCO)

(Photo [Komatsu AB, Sept. 2018]: Hunini via Wikimedia Commons)

gifu t-34In contrast to other examples, the Gifu base collection’s T-34A was looking decidedly sorry
for itself when the above photo was taken in October 2000. Happily, the aircraft
received a new coat of paint in 2010 and remains in residence
(Photo above [Nov. 2023]: tujimon via X @orapo960)

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

Delivered to the JASDF on June 19, 1957, and later operated by the 11th FTW, 71-0428’s flying
career ended on April 18, 1979. It is believed to have been perched precariously on poles on the
forecourt of a Suzuki car dealership in Shizuoka City for most of its retirement. The banner on
the right is advertising shiitake mushrooms.
(Photo [Nov. 2019]: Warren Hardcastle)

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) 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)

After 26 years of operational service, one of the Boeing 747-400s takes off from
Sapporo’s Shin-Chitose airport runway for the last time, June 27, 2019.

(Photo: JASDF Public Affairs Office via Twitter @JASDF_PAO)

AirplaneBen190912(Photo: Airplane Ben @BenAirplane)

Curtiss C-46D Commando

Serial Location

Kawaguchiko Motor Museum, Fujizakura Highland, Narusawa,
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture
(Photos from Aug. 2016 [link] and Aug. 2023 [link])
(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 (July 2020 [link])
91-1138 JASDF Air Park, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture (Jan. 2024 [link])
91-1139 Miho AB, Tottori Prefecture (July 2017 [link] and May 2022 [link])
91-1141 Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture (Nov. 2019 [link] and Nov. 2023 [link])
91-1143 (EC-46D) Tokorozawa Aviation Museum, Saitama Prefecture
(Jan 2024 [link]) (Plus see dedicated museum page [link])

(Formerly included nose section and landing gear, now prop and wing/tail
parts parts only) Aviation Museum, Hijiri Village Museum, 5889-1 Hijiri,
Omi Village, Higashichikuma District, Nagano Prefecture (link)
91-1145 (EC-46D) In front of Shubudai Memorial Hall aviation history museum,
Iruma AB, Saitama Prefecture (Aug. 2019 [link])
Last updated: Mar. 15, 2024

(Photo [Miho AB, Oct. 2014]: Andy Binks)

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.

(Iruma, Sept. 2012 [This aircraft had been repainted by mid-March 2021])

Having been handed over to the JASDF on December 1959, this 1942-vintage C-46D soldiered
on until finally withdrawn from use while with the Air Transport Wing on June 8, 1976.

(Photos at Gifu AB: [Top, Mar. 1980] Takao Kadokami; [above, Oct. 2000] J-HangarSpace)
A long overdue repaint has transformed the aircraft from its November 2019 appearance (link).
(Photo [Jan. 2023]: JASDF Gifu AB via X [formerly Twitter] @JASDF_GIFUAB)
The repainting of Gifu’s C-46 in May 2022 permitted a rare glimpse of the interior of this
venerable aircraft. Built in 1944, 91-1141 came to Japan via the Republic of China
(Taiwan) Air Force in December 1959 and remained in service until June 1976.
(Photos: JASDF Gifu AB via Twitter @JASDF_GIFUAB)

(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) Removed from Air Park display and placed in storage
at JASDF Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture (Mar. 2021)
Last updated: Mar. 9, 2024

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.

Its canopy having been carefully given a protective covering, the Air Park Vampire is given a
helping hand as it ventures out for its first breath of fresh air in some time. The photo was
taken on the day in March 2021 when the aircraft was one of eight banished from the
museum and placed in store to make way for new arrivals.

(See Bulletin Board for Jan. and Apr. 2021). (Photo: tujimon via Twitter @orapo960)

Fuji T-1A/B* (Part 1/2)

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 (location unknown),
rear section mated with front section of ’803 (see below)

85-5803 (T-1A) Fuselage on trailer at Itoh Denki Kosakusho, Kozakai, Toyokawa City,
Aichi Prefecture,
rear fuselage from ’802 (Oct. 2020)
(See Rescued for Posterity below)
05-5810 On indoor display in Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum,
Gifu Prefecture (Photo from Apr. 2018 on dedicated museum page [link])
05-5812 (T-1A) Gate guard at Ashiya AB, Fukuoka Prefecture (Sept. 2022 [link])
15-5816 (T-1A) Hofu Kita AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture (June 2019 [link], June 2023 [link])
15-5825 (T-1A) Removed from Air Park display and placed in storage at Hamamatsu AB,
Shizuoka Prefecture (Mar. 2021)
25-5841 (T-1A) Fuji Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., Utsunomiya Plant, Tochigi Prefecture
(T-1B continued in Part 2 below)
(*) T-1B unless otherwise stated
Last updated: Mar. 5, 2024

(Above and below) For many years, the prototype of Japan’s first indigenously produced postwar jet aircraft has been languishing in disassembled storage at what is now the Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum. In April 2001, seven months after these photos were taken at Ashiya AB, the aircraft was removed from display, taken over National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (Tobunken) in Tokyo and transferred to Kakamigahara in April 2002, from where it has yet to again see the light of day. Rolled out on November 11, 1957, and first flown on January 19, 1958, the then T1F2 (T-1A) was handed over to the Defense Agency on March 25 that year. Having made its second first flight, to re-engined T1F1 (T-1B) standard, on May 17, 1960, the aircraft was withdrawn from service at the then Air Proving Group at Gifu on December 18, 1961, and occasionally loaned out for publicity events. ’801’s marathon residency as an Ashiya gate guard commenced circa 1964; this photo is from November 1967 (link).

(Photos [Ashiya AB, Sept. 2000]: J-HangarSpace)

Rescued for Posterity: T-1A 95-5803
Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture

(Photo [Sept. 2017]: TAKA via Twitter @alice_herb)

Mounted on a trestle, the fuselage of this aircraft is kept in the car park of Itoh Denki Kosakusho (the workshop of automotive equipment maker Itoh Electric) located along Highway 1 in the city of Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture. The facility is close to Kozakai station on Central Japan Railway (JR Tokai)’s Iida Line.

First flown on January 23, 1959, this the first of four pre-production T-1As was delivered to the then Technical Development and Research Institute of the Japan Defense Agency on March 9 and according to one report to the JASDF on June 24 of that year. Flown from Komaki during the type’s test programme, this aircraft was based at Gifu with the 13th Flying Training Wing at the time of its appearance at a Yokota AB event in May 1960 (link). These two photos show the aircraft from the left (link) and right (link) sides at Hamamatsu in November 1965.

Following its withdrawal from use, which took place as early as September 7, 1968, the aircraft was noted on display still at Hamamatsu AB in March 1974 and at the Kanzanji Pal Pal amusement park at Lake Hamana, Shizuoka Prefecture, in August 1988. Removed and dismantled in 1990, ’803 was eventually acquired by the Itoh company, which had originally planned to build a tower on which to mount the aircraft for publicity purposes, in itself not a rare use for former SDF aircraft. A photo from February 2003 shows the fuselage on its low-level trestle, but with the top of its fin missing.

(Photo [Oct. 2017]: via Twitter @sabannar2)

A series of photos of the aircraft in its service days (sporting an array of vortex generators on its tail) and its current home taken in October 2013 can be found here (link). Another image shows the aircraft in its current location and with its canopy wisely protected in June 2020 (link).

Including a photo of the cockpit and current company president Toshiyuki Itoh (50), an article on The Chunichi Shimbun news website dated October 25, 2020 (link), provides a little more of the back story. It was a young Itoh who had rescued and restored the aircraft. In 1995 a member of an aviation enthusiasts’ group in Hamamatsu, he had heard that the aircraft was destined for the scrap yard and managed to negotiate the acquisition of its fuselage, minus the tail section. Scouring the country for spares, including flight instruments, wheels and canopy, while receiving cooperation from local painters and welders he knew, Itoh went to great lengths to make up for the neglect that the aircraft had suffered over the years.

Two years after the initial acquisition, Itoh obtained information about another T-1 (reportedly the second prototype, ’802) that was about to be scrapped in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, and purchased the rear half of the fuselage, which was duly mated to his pride and joy. In the article, Itoh says that in total he spent the equivalent of the cost of a luxury car.

Gifu-Kakamigahara T-1BWhile the first prototype 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. 

(Photo [Ashiya, Oct. 1990]: Takao Kadokami)The prototype’s replacement on guard duty at Ashiya has been the 12th T-1A built. Delivered to the
JASDF 60 years ago, on December 17, 1960, the aircraft completed its last flight with the 13th 
FTW at Ashiya on February 1, 2001, and was withdrawn from use at the end of that month. 
The above photo was posted to announce its first makeover in six years.

(Photo [October 2020]: JASDF/Ashiya AB via Twitter @jasdf.ashiya)

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 and evicted
 from the JASDF Air Park museum after 22-year residency in March 2021.

Fuji T-1B (Part 2/2)

Serial Location

(Nose section only) Formerly with ‘855 at Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Café),
Irino 4702-16, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture (Sept. 2020 [link])
Transported to new private owner, location unknown, June 2022
(See June 2022 Bulletin Board story)
25-5853 On display at visitor centre inside SUBARU Yajima Plant, Ota, Gunma Prefecture
(Sept. 2017, photo taken at night [link])

(Nose section only) Formerly with ’852 at Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Café),
Irino 4702-16, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture (Oct. 2020 [link])
Had been transported out by mid-December 2020, current location unknown
(See June 2022 Bulletin Board story)
25-5856 On indoor display, but occasionally placed in separate storage hangar, at
Tokorozawa Aviation Museum, Saitama Prefecture
(See dedicated museum page [link])

(Nose section only) Moved from Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Café, see ’852/855) in
Dec. 2005. Now at private residence in city of Nanto, Toyama Prefecture
(See June 2022 Bulletin Board story)
35-5860 Miho AB, Tottori Prefecture (April 2019 [link])
35-5862 Mitsu Seiki Co., Ltd., 301 Shimogawai, Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture
(See Feb. 18, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
35-5863 Since July 2007 in front of main entrance within grounds of Oji Technical High
School, 6-1 Oji-Honmachi 3-chome, Kitakatsuragi District,
Nara Prefecture (photos from June 2016 [link] and May 2023 [link])
Still carries special marking worn during last days at Hamamatsu (April 2007 [link])

Komaki AB, Aichi Prefecture (Displayed at Aichi Museum of Flight‘s fourth
anniversary exhibition, from Nov. 27, 2021, to Mar. 14, 2022,
returned to Komaki Oct. 7, 2022)
35-5867 On plinths in non-public area at JASDF No. 1 Supply Depot, Kisarazu AB,
Chiba Prefecture (July 2020, photo from Oct. 2008 [link])
35-5870 Saitama Subaru Sakitama Garden, 1626 Sama, Gyoda City,
Saitama Prefecture 361-0032 (See feature on Aviation Museums page)
Last updated: Feb. 24, 2024

Delivered on September 28, 1962, it was 853 that made the last T-1B flight, from Komaki to
Hamamatsu, on March 3, 2006—as seen here
(link) that day, with the Japanese for
So Long Komaki AB on the right side of its fuselage, So Long T-1B on the left
(link)—before being struck off charge on May 11 that year.
(Photo [Nov. 2019]: Warren Hardcastle)

tokorozawat-1bThe presentation ceremony for this Fuji T-1B was held at Tokorozawa Aviation Museum
on March 19, 2006

(Photo [Miho AB, May 2017]: Hunini via Wikimedia Commons)

During the J-HangarSpace visit to the Mitsu Seiki company facility in Hyogo Prefecture, Feb. 2014

Having reportedly been involved in the training of more than 2,800 pilots during the course of
its 43-year
(March 1963 to May 2006) service career, T-1B 35-5863 has been on display in
the car park at Oji Technical High School, Nara Prefecture, since July 30, 2007.
(Photo [May 2012]: Oji Technical High School Facebook page)

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

(Above) 866 during its time on display at the Aichi Museum of Flight and (below) being returned
to Komaki AB under cover of darkness to minimize traffic disruption at the end of its residency.

(Photos: [Top] はやと@ばーちゃん via Twitter @ts4rWEpSMDXrSvn;
[above, Oct. 7, 2022]: ちひろ via Twitter @Chr0102)

During J-HangarSpace’s October 2013 visit to the Subaru company facility in
Gyoda, Saitama Prefecture

Fuji T-3 (Part 1/2)

Serial Location
81-5501 Stored at Shizuhama AB, Shizuoka Prefecture for display purposes
(Photos from May 2019 [link] and May 2023 [link])
81-5502 Chiran Peace Museum, 17881 Kori, Chiran, Minamikyushu,
Kagoshima Prefecture (Oct. 2020 [link])
81-5506 Hofu Kita AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture
(Photos from June 2019 [link] and June 2023 [link])
81-5507 In secluded wartime blister hangar, Komaki AB, Aichi Prefecture
(Feb. 2014 [link])
91-5511 Shizuhama AB, Shizuoka Prefecture (May 2019 [link])
91-5514 Mounted on raised structure at plastic model manufacturer Hasegawa Corporation
3-1-2 Yagusu, Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture (Apr. 2018 [link])
91-5515 Hanyu Skysports Park, 1175 Tsunegi, Hanyu, Saitama Prefecture
(Jan. 2023 [link])
91-5516 Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Misawa, Aomori Prefecture
99-5517 Indoor exhibit at JASDF Air Park, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture

Since Dec. 2006 instructional airframe at Department of Aerospace Engineering,
School of Science & Engineering, Teikyo University Utsunomiya Campus,
Tochigi Prefecture (link)
Undated photo from website on aviation in Tochigi [link])
(Continued in Part 2 below)
Last updated: Mar. 5, 2024

First flown on January 17, 1978, the prototype Fuji KM-2B entered service as the T-3 in March the 
same year. Its last flight, from Gifu to Shizuhama, took place on April 23, 2007. Then still in its 
ADTW markings, the markings of the resident 11th FTW markings were a later addition.

(Photo [Shizuhama AB, Sept. 2016]: Hunini via Wikimedia Commons)

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)

The T-3 at Komaki peers out from its home since 2010, one of a row of three 1944-vintage concrete
dispersal hangars surviving at the base
(its next door neighbour is T-6G 52-0075). In more rural
parts of Japan, these relics have long since been repurposed, in some cases for the storage of
agricultural equipment. At least this example is being used as originally intended, albeit
anachronistically for a T-3 that was in service from October 1978 to March 2007.
The previous resident was likely an Army Type 2 Hien fighter of the 55th Flight Regiment.

(Photo [from viewing area at Aichi Museum of Flight, Nov. 2019]: Mike Jefferies)

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
(Photo: SaitamaNabi [link] promotional site for Saitama Prefecture parks)

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)

Fuji T-3 (Part 2/2)

Serial Location
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 (photos from Sept. 2020 [link] and Aug. 2023 [link])
11-5539 JASDF Omaezaki Sub-Base, Shizuoka Prefecture (Mar. 2022 [link])
11-5540 Instructional airframe at Kanazawa Institute of Technology, 7-1 Ogigaoka,
Nonoichi, Ishikawa Prefecture 921-8501 (Oct. 2020 [link])
11-5543 Miho AB, Tottori Prefecture (photos from Apr. [link] and June 2019 [link])
11-5546 Displayed at Fuji Heavy Industries Utsunomiya Plant, 1-1-1 Yonan,
Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture (Nov. 2019 [link]) 
11-5547 On indoor display at Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum, Gifu Prefecture
(Photo from Apr. 2018 on dedicated museum page [link])
Last updated: Mar. 15, 2024

jaawt-3(Above) Located 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)

(Below) The same aircraft when given an airing for the October 2013 JAAW Noto Airport Campus
air show. As far as is known, the aircraft escaped damage during the January 2024 earthquake. 

(Photo: i北陸 [i-Hokuriku] / Hokuriku region official event and tourist destination blog [link])

Photo from J-HangarSpace’s Feb. 2014 visit to the Mitsu Seiki company in Hyogo Prefecture.

Ishikawa Aviation Plaza (Photo [Sept. 2011]: i北陸 [i-Hokuriku] / Hokuriku region official
event and tourist destination blog [link])

The T-3 displayed at JASDF Omaezaki Sub-Base is seen (above) on the day of its arrival in
2008 and
(below) at the end of a makeover carried out by a team from Shizuhama AB
from September to October 2019, as documented here

(Photos: JASDF Omaezaki Sub-Base)

Its service career having lasted from April 1981 to August 2005, T-3 11-5540 was at
some stage thereafter placed on display at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology.

(Photo [Nov. 2019]: Warren Hardcastle)

The Miho AB T-3 in October 2014 (above) and May 2017(Photos: [Top] Andy Binks; [above] Hunini via Wikimedia Commons)

(Photo [posted Oct. 2023]: 岐阜かかみがはら航空宇宙博物館 via X @SORAHAKU324)

Grumman E-2C Hawkeye*

Serial Location
54-3455  To be confirmed
54-3457  To be confirmed
* It was reported in Defense of Japan, published on July 13, 2021, that three E-2Cs had been “removed from the register”
Last updated: Dec. 1, 2023

The three mothballed E-2Cs at Gifu seen on the air show day in November 2023.
That on the right is 54-3456; the others are thought to be ’455 and ’457.

(Photo: GHOST via X [formerly Twitter] @boy_816)

Kawasaki C-1

Serial Location
38-1003 Parked at Miho AB, Tottori Prefecture, for display purposes (Oct. 2020 [link])
58-1013 Being broken up at Iruma AB, Saitama Prefecture (Sept. 2020 [link)[)*
68-1018 Being broken up at Iruma AB, Saitama Prefecture (Nov. 2020 [link])*
68-1020 Withdrawn from use at Iruma July 30, 2020
78-1025 Completed last flight from Iruma November 4, 2020
88-1028 Tailless at Iruma Sept. 2022
98-1029 Last flight Iruma air show Nov. 3, 2022 

* The latest aircraft to be withdrawn from use and broken up, in a process that started with 48-1005 in April 2012 and has seen around half of the total fleet of 31 aircraft suffer a similar ignominious fate. The dismantling process itself takes time; ’013 and ’018 were withdrawn from service in February 2018 and July 2019, respectively. Additionally, four aircraft have been lost in operational accidents.

(Note) One website photo from November 2018 shows “the second aircraft” through the fence at JGSDF Matsudo Army Camp in Chiba Prefecture, but this is actually 0-2, the second stress and fatigue test airframe. (Airframe 0-1 was used for testing at JGSDF Narashino Army Camp.) Both flying prototypes remain in service at Gifu, where ’001 is used on the Test Pilot Course with the ADTW.

Last updated: Mar. 10, 2024

(Photo [Miho AB, May 2018]: Hunini via Wikimedia Commons)

Having been flown for the last time at the Iruma air show in November 2022, C-1 029 was
still present there, albeit minus its tail, in August 2023.
(Photo: mania via X @ mania1515)

(See Kawasaki C-1 Retrospective/Sitrep (Aug. 2022) on JASDF Aircraft Roll Call page.)

Kawasaki T-4

Serial Location
46-5726 Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Gifu Works, on loan from Ministry of Defense
66-5745 Former Blue Impulse aircraft, ferried from Matsushima to Hamamatsu on
March 24, 2020, placed on display at revamped Air Park in March 2021
26-5805 Aichi Museum of Flight, arrived Oct. 11, 2022
The whereabouts of the four aircraft (46-5727 to ’730) withdrawn from use since 2017 are unknown.
The tailfin of 46-5725, which was withdrawn from use in December 2016, has been mounted on a trolley and is usually displayed in a hangar during base events at Matsushima.
The tailfin of 26-5804, which was damaged beyond economic repair by the March 2011 tsunami, has been turned into a monument outside the 11th Sqn building.
Last updated: Mar. 9, 2024

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

The retired T-4 selected for display at JASDF Air Park being towed along a Hamamatsu AB
taxiway to take up residence in a three-aircraft Blue Impulse exhibit, March 2021.

(Photo: tujimon via X @orapon960)

See October 2022 Bulletin Board story (Photo [Oct. 20, 2022]: マイテイvia Twitter @mighty0715)

Lockheed F-104J Starfighter (Part 1/4)

Serial Location
36-8515 On indoor display at Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum, Gifu
Prefecture (photo from Apr. 2018 on dedicated museum page [link])
36-8532 On plinths in non-public area at Kisarazu AB, Chiba Prefecture

(Photos from Oct. 2008 [link] and Oct. 2023 [link])

“36-8535” Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture (see 46-8656)

(Forward fuselage only) Formerly at Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Café),
Irino 4702-16, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture.
Moved to private owner’s residence in Seto, Aichi Prefecture, June 2020
(See June 2022 Bulletin Board story) 
36-8537 Hofu Kita AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture (June 2019 [link])
36-8538 (Nose section only) In Nyutabaru AB museum, Miyazaki Prefecture*
46-8539 Indoor display at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, Komatsu Airport, Ishikawa Prefecture
(Photos from Oct. 2016 [link] and May 2022 [link])
36-8540 Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture (photos from Nov. 2019 [link] and Nov. 2023 [link])
36-8546 Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture (See Displayed Aircraft Special Report 1A below)
(36-8550) (Removed early 2018 from JASDF Nemuro Sub-Base, Nemuro,
Hokkaido Prefecture)
(36-8551) (Removed circa Aug. 2019 from JASDF Tobetsu Sub-Base, Ishikari,
Hokkaido Prefecture)
(36-8552) Family Sports Park, Chippubetsu, Uryu District, Hokkaido Prefecture
(Removed when park underwent refurbishment in 2016) 
(36-8558) (Removed circa 2018 from JASDF Tachikawa Sub-Base, Tokyo)
(Continued in Part 2 below)
Last updated: Mar. 18, 2024

* 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.

One of those aircraft that Mitsubishi assembled from knocked-down components, the F-104J at the
Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum was initially operated by the JASDF’s 201st Sqn.
Having ended its operational career with the Air Proving Group in April 1986, 36-8515
was placed on display at what was then the Kakamigahara Aerospace Science Museum
in March 1996.
(Photo [May 2023]: 颯太 via X @_y4tty_)

Photographed a few days before being joined on gate guard duties at Hofu-Kita AB by F-1 10-8256
after the latter’s on-base move in March 2023, F-104J 36-8537 has only in recent years had its
cockpit canopy painted black. Damaged beyond economic repair in an accident at Nyutabaru
on October 14, 1972, ’537 was been on public display at the base since July 21, 1997.

(Photo: JASDF Hofu-Kita AB via Twitter @hofukitabase)

(Above) The Ishikawa Aviation Plaza F-104J as it was in September 2001 and (below) seen in
part from the vantage point of a platform erected next to the neighbouring T-2’s
cockpit in October 2021

(Oct. 2021 photo: Phantom 2-680 via Twitter @680Phantom 2)

In squadron service from September 1963 to May 1984 (link), by the autumn of 1986 Gifu AB’s
resident F-104J had been placed on display alongside the Bell 47G-2A
(now in the JMSDF
Kanoya museum) in the Izu BioPark in Shizuoka Prefecture (link). When returned to the
JASDF, the aircraft was passed to Gifu AB in 203rd Sqn markings, complete with shark
mouth, in April 2004
(link); the Air Proving Wing tail markings were applied in 2009.
(Photo [Nov. 2023]: K太郎 via X @kekekeno_Ktaro)

Displayed Aircraft Special Report 1A
Lockheed-Mitsubishi F-104J Starfighter 36-8546
Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture

In December 2017, the aircraft’s condition was unchanged from that shown above (link).
(Photo [Tsuiki AB, Oct. 2012]: Takao Kadokami)

(Photo [Tsuiki AB, Nov. 1999]: Takao Kadokami)

As seen above, having in its time having come in for some of the same treatment as the Matsushima F-86F at the top of this page, this aircraft has been a long-term member of the Tsuiki AB collection.

(Photo [Sept. 2000]: J-HangarSpace)

Handed over to the JASDF on October 31, 1963, and having done the rounds of several units, its service career ended in January 25, 1984. ’546 has perennially been displayed in standard 207th Sqn markings, but while with the Nyutabaru-based 204th Sqn in November 1983, shortly before its retirement, this was one of the aircraft that had worn a low-visibility camouflage scheme at that year’s TAC Meet.

(Photos [Sept. 2000]: J-HangarSpace)

Lockheed F-104J Starfighter (Part 2/4)

Serial Location
46-8560 Japan Aviation Academy High School, Yamanashi Campus, Kai,
Yamanashi Prefecture (Oct. 2016 [link])
46-8567 Instructional airframe inside hangar at Department of Aerospace Engineering,
Nippon Bunri University (NBU), Oita, Oita Prefecture
(Oct. 2015 [link])     

46-8568 Kotobuki Park, Nakatonbetsu, Hokkaido Prefecture
(Photos from Aug. 1985 [link], June 2004 [link], Aug. 2013 [link])

(Nose and part of fuselage only) Daikeiken Amusement Park,
Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture (August 2020 [link])
(See Starfighter Scrapbook below)

46-8573 Kanai Sports Park, Kanaishinbo, Sado, Niigata Prefecture
(April 2012 [link])
46-8574 Mounted on pole at Chitose AB, Hokkaido Prefecture
(Photos from July 2018 [link] [link])
46-8578 IHI Corporation Mizuho Works, Tonogaya 229, Mizuho, Nishitama District,
46-8594 On roof of private home in Minobu Town, Minamikoma District,Yamanashi
Prefecture (See Displayed Aircraft Special Report 1B below)
46-8602 Miho AB, Tottori Prefecture (Apr. 2019 [link]) 
46-8603 Kasuga AB, Fukuoka Prefecture

(Forward fuselage only) Formerly with ‘617 at Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Cafe),
Irino 4702-16,
Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture (Sept. 2020 [link]) 
Acquired by private owner in Kyushu, moved (with MU-2S ‘201) in April 2021
(See June 2022 Bulletin Board story)     
(46-8607) (Aircraft removed and imposing elevated structure [link] dismantled at
Fukui University of Technology, Fukui, Fukui Prefecture 2017–18)

Aviation Museum, Hijiri Village Museum
5889-1 Hijiri, Omi Village, Higashichikuma District, Nagano Prefecture
(June 2018 [link])       

National Defense Academy, Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture
(Photos from May 2017 [link])
from 2000 to Nov. 2019 [link])

(Continued in Part 3 below)
Last updated: Mar. 13, 2024

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
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)
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 in Kotobuki Park, Nakatonbetsu, Hokkaido Prefecture, being prepared for and
and after completion of repainting in 2023. In service from January 1964 to June 1980,
the aircraft has amazingly been a park resident since 1982.

(Photos [top, summer 2023; above, posted Nov. 2023]: Rudy via X @aG2kCoLaEPjzPjx)

(Photo [Miho AB, Oct. 2014]: Andy Binks)

Kasuga AB, Fukuoka Prefecture, Sept. 2000
(Photo [Nov. 2017]: Hunini via Wikimedia Commons)
This aircraft’s appearance in November 2019 can be seen in this photo (link).

(Above and below) The F-104J at the Hijiri Village Museum normally receives some measure of
protection from the rigours of winter in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture.

(Photos, via X: [Top, Dec. 2023] aya01@長野県特地派遣隊 @aya01flt;
[above, posted Dec. 2023] Hijiri Village Museum Volunteer Group @m5p4lczOzT3U0mA)

In service from February 1964 to March 1980—here (link) when with the 203rd Sqn at Chitose in
October 1979—this F-104J was first displayed in normal static fashion at the 1980 Chitose air
show. The aircraft was mounted on its concrete structure in 2002 and repainted in 2014.
(Photos: [Top] のりvia X @norinori1977; [above] JASDF Chitose AB)

Displayed Aircraft Special Report 1B
Lockheed-Mitsubishi F-104J Starfighter 46-8594
Minobu Town, Yamanashi Prefecture

(Photo [204th Sqn, Nyutabaru, Nov. 1976]: Takao Kadokami)

(Photo [Aug. 2020]: TAKA via Twitter @alice_herb)

A corner of this small town of 12,000 in south-central Yamanashi Prefecture is home to five intact ex-SDF aircraft in varying states of repair as well as the nose of a T-2 and (possibly still) the wings from a Sabre.*

Securely perched on the roof of a private house, the centrepiece F-104J was delivered to the JASDF on July 30, 1964, and withdrawn from use while with the 204th Sqn on April 30, 1991. The aircraft was at one time one of three Starfighters, including a two-seat F-104DJ, on the premises of Café Avion in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, which closed down in 2011.

In the meantime, ’594 had already been acquired by its current owner and was in its present rooftop position in Minobu Town by January 2002. One Japanese source states that the owner’s family name is Mochizuki. Although yet to be confirmed, this could be Mikiya Mochizuki, who has served as the town mayor.

The aircraft can be glimpsed in this advertisement for its previous owner’s location, Café Avion in
Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, which appeared in the May 1996 issue of
Kōkū Fan magazine.

* Including a short video, the Twitter feed of the photographer mentioned in the above caption provides a good lie of the land (link).

Lockheed F-104J Starfighter (Part 3/4)

Serial Location

(Forward fuselage only) Was with ’604 at Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Cafe),
Irino 4702-16, Hamamatsu,
Shizuoka Prefecture. Carries spurious serial “517”
Moved to private owner, location unknown, March 2016
(See June 2022 Bulletin Board story) 
46-8622 JASDF Ominato Sub-Base (Oct. 2015 [link])
46-8630 Mounted on pole in Yuhien (literally “Soar Upwards Park”) inside Hyakuri AB,
Ibaraki Prefecture (See May 2022 Bulletin Board story)

Dai-ichi Institute of Technology, Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture (to be confirmed)

46-8636 On plinths at Hofu-Minami AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture
(Photos from Jan. [link] and May 2017 [link])
46-8646 Komatsu AB, Ishikawa Prefecture
(Photos from Sept. 2012 [link], Sept. 2019 [link] and Oct. 2023 [link])
56-8653 Nara AB, Nara Prefecture
(Photos from June 2019 [link] [link] and Apr. 2022 [link])
46-8656 Nyutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture with spurious serial “36-8535”
(Photo from July 2018 [link]; see Displayed Aircraft Special Report 1C below)
56-8662 Fuchu AB, Tokyo (photos from Sept. 1994 [link], Feb. 2007 [link],
Feb. 2015 [link] and Sept. 2023 [link]) 
(56-8663) Ashiya AB, Fukuoka Prefecture (removed with T-33A 610 August 23, 2021)
56-8666 In front of Shubudai Memorial Hall aviation history museum, Iruma AB,
Saitama Prefecture
56-8669 (Fuselage section only) Daikeien Amusement Park, Ichikawa,
Chiba Prefecture (See Starfighter Scrapbook below)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagoya Aerospace Systems, Komaki South Plant,
Aichi Prefecture (See Feb. 22, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
(July 2016 [link]. Adjacent former archives building planned for demolition
so may be moved, at least temporarily)

(Continued in Part 4 below)
Last updated: Mar. 13, 2024

Retired from active service after 20 years in May 1985, F-104J 46-8622 was at some stage
placed on display at JASDF Ominato Sub-Base, the radar site of which can be
seen atop Mt. Kamabuse from the city of Mutsu.

(Photo [posted July 2022]: JMSDF Headquarters Ominato District via Twitter @jmsdf_orh)

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 for a time 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.
(See Bulletin Board, May 2022 story: Hyakuri’s F-104J Reverted)

Not the best of photos, but included to give some idea of the condition of the Hofu-Minami AB
F-104J, which was in squadron service from September 1964 to May 1984.
(Photo [posted Mar. 2021]: Aomori SDF Provincial Cooperation Office via X @aomori_PCO)

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
(In June 2021, a request for tenders anticipated the aircraft’s removal that autumn,
but the work was carried out [with the T-33A] late that August.)
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)

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) 

(Photo [Dec. 2016]: ‘Fuchu’ via Wikimedia Commons)

irumaf-104jHaving served for 17 years, this Mitsubishi-built F-104J Starfighter was put out to grass close
to Iruma AB’s Shubudai Memorial Hall, which is visible in the left background.
. . . and from the other side.
(Photo [Mar. 2023]: まーさん@描く闘技2 via X @neckrock_ma2)

Displayed Aircraft Special Report 1C
Lockheed-Mitsubishi F-104J Starfighter 46-8656 (“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)

Taken in July 2023, this photo “535” now corralled, having been joined by a gaggle of
retired aircraft from the Nyutabaru base collection.
(Photo: 颯太 via X @_y4tty_)

Lockheed F-104J Starfighter (Part 4/4)

Serial Location
76-8686 Stored at Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture
76-8687 On plinths at Kyoyama Solar Green Park, Okayama, Okayama Prefecture
(Photos from Mar. 2020 [link] [link])
76-8688 Mounted on pole at Naha AB, Okinawa Prefecture (tail from 76-8683)
(Dec. 2019 [link])      
76-8689 Stored for air show static display purposes at Chitose AB, Hokkaido Prefecture
(Aug. 2019 [link])
76-8693 Inside exhibition hangar at JASDF Air Park, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
(Oct. 2020 [link])       

(Nose, part of fuselage only) Daikeiken Amusement Park, Ichikawa,
Chiba Prefecture (Photos from Aug. 2020 [link], Sept. 2019 [link])
(See Starfighter Scrapbook below)

76-8698 (UF-104J standard) JASDF Air Park, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture

(Photos from Oct. 2019 [link] and Oct. 2020 [link])

76-8699 Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Misawa, Aomori Prefecture
(Nov. 2020 [link])

Kumagaya AB, Saitama Prefecture (See Location Report 5)
(Photos from Apr. 2016 [link] and Apr. 2017 [link])
Removed by early February 2021
76-8705 Old Car Center, Naraha KUDAN, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture
(Photos from Sept. 2020 [link] and May 2023 [link])
76-8706 Mounted on roof of plastic model manufacturer Hasegawa Corporation
3-1-2 Yagusu, Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture (Apr. 2018 [link])      
76-8710 Nakanippon Aviation College, Seki, Gifu Prefecture
Last updated: Mar. 11, 2024

With only an equally flightless bird for company, the F-104J in Kyoyama Green Park in Okayama
looks very much down in the dumps.
(Photo [posted Nov. 2023]: TAKA via X @alice_herb)

Naha F-104J(Above and below) The 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.
(Photos: [Top, Oct. 2014] Andy Binks; [above, Aug. 2023]
OKA@飛行機好き via X @oka_Boeing787) 

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

(Photo [Oct. 2012]: Arjun Sarup)

Enjoying a brief respite from being cooped up indoors, the Air Park Starfighter basks in the
Hamamatsu sun in March 2021. The aircraft was parked outside next to the museum’s
F-86D while eight aircraft were moved to storage to make way for their new
neighbours, a Phantom and a T-4.
(Photo: tujimon via Twitter @orapo960)

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.
(Photos: [top, Sept. 2000]; [above, Aug. 2023] ぽんた via X @n_wag_p)

On December 2, 1967, 76-8710 became the last F-104J to be delivered. Retired on January 25,  
1984, while with the 203rd Sqn, the aircraft has been resident at the Nakanippon Aviation 
College, Gifu Prefecture, since at least the late 1990s. In January 2017, a crane was used  
to move the F-104J to a new position within the college, where it remains to this day.

(Photo, top [Jan. 2017]: Nakanippon Aviation College via Twitter @cnakouhou)
(Photo, above [Sept. 2019]: Nagoya Sky Friend Association via Twitter @sfanagoya)

大 Starfighter Scrapbook
慶    Daikeien Amusement Park, Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture
園    (All photos by Warren Hardcastle, November 2019)

Having first been flown as 36-8571 early in January 1964, this aircraft was 46-8571 by the time of
its delivery to the 202nd Sqn on March 13 that year. Having suffered a minor fire on December 22,
1967, in August 1968 the airframe was passed on to Hamamatsu AB and mounted on a trestle for
use as a maintenance training “skeleton”. Surplus to requirements from around 1986, the
circumstances and date of its arrival at the Daikeien Amusement Park are unknown.

Long before being added in a less than fully intact state to the Daikeien collection, 56-8669 had
been delivered on January 30, 1965, and withdrawn from use 21 years later, on January 31, 1986.

Its service career having spanned August 1967 to March 1986, the first photos of the remains of
76-8697 at the Daikeien Amusement Park surfaced in 2002. This photo (link) shows the
aircraft, complete with shark mouth, landing at Gifu AB when with the 207th Sqn
in October 1985, at the time of that year’s TAC Meet. 

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)

Last Known Locations of F-104Js Preserved in Taiwan

36-8526 / RoCAF 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)
Note: A special feature in the June 2023 issue of Kōkū Fan states that 4505 crashed into the sea off Hsinchu County following a mid-air collision on  Dec. 9, 1989, and that 36-8526 is 4526 displayed at the Military History Park in Jiji, Nantou County (see 36-8565).

36-8528 / 4502 
(JASDF Sept. 30, 1963 / June 1, 1983) Reportedly displayed at National Science and Technology Museum, Kaohsiung, coded ‘4303’ but see 46-8596 below.

36-8547 / 4547
According to the June 2023 issue of Kōkū Fan, was acquired for spares. Displayed at the School of Science and Engineering, National Defense University, Bade District, Taoyuan, since March 1, 1991.

36-8565 / 4506
(JASDF 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)
(See Note for 36-8526 above.)

46-8596 / 4522
(JASDF Apr. 30, 1964 / Nov. 21, 1984 [204th Sqn]) According to the June 2023 issue of Kōkū Fan, displayed as ‘4303’ at National Science and Technology Museum, Kaohsiung

46-8616 / 4514
(JASDF Sept. 28, 1964 / Nov. 21, 1984) At Kuejien Campus, Cheng Kung University’s Aerospace Science & Technology Research Center in Guiren (Gueiren), Tainan County

46-8618 / 4515
(JASDF Aug. 17, 1964 / Feb. 16, 1983 [202nd Sqn]) Having been at National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, July 2007 (link) (link), according to the June 2023 Kōkū Fan, was moved to the Chia Yang Senior High School, Ching Shui, Taichung County, as an instructional airframe in June 2009. 

46-8645 / 4519
Displayed at Wurih Army Barracks, Chenggong (Chengkung) township, Taichung (Taitung) as ‘4522’. (See photos above and below)

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

Taken in October 1989 at Ching Chuan Kang (CCK) Air Base, which is located adjacent to
Taichung International Airport, these photos show
(above) ex-JASDF F-104J 36-8528
when operated by the 7th “Grey Wolves” TFS and F-104DJ
(the former 26-5004) in
the markings of the 28th TFS, 3rd Air Group, Republic of China AF.

(Photos: CCK-FOX [link] via Skywarriors Gallery [link])

Lockheed F-104DJ Starfighter

Serial Location
26-5001 Intact at Old Car Center KUDAN, Naraha, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture
(with ’005). (Photos from Sept. 2020 [link] and May 2023 [link])
26-5005 As 26-5001, but in dismantled state (photo from Sept. 2020 [link])

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)
(Photos from Aug. 2016 [link] and Aug. 2023 [link])

Shirokawa Athletic Park, 30-2 Doi, Shirokawa-cho, Seiyo City,
Ehime Prefecture 797-1701
(Series of photos from 2003 to 2015 [link] and Feb. 2023 [link])

(Front fuselage section only)
Formerly at Café Avion, Midori Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture,
moved to private residence close to Toso Park, Seto, Aichi Prefecture,
June 2020
Last updated: Mar. 5, 2024

The JASDF received a total of 20 two-seat F-104DJ Starfighters from August 1962 onwards. A total of six were eventually passed on to Taiwan, but the version is now poorly represented in its original country of operation. Although retired examples were resident for periods at Gifu and Iruma air bases, none of the survivors remain on a JASDF site and only three are intact.

(Photo [Old Car Center KUDAN, Naraha, Dec. 2019]: Warren Hardcastle)

Although an ignominious end for the first JASDF two-seat Starfighter, ‘001 at least remains largely intact. Flown for the first time (as 16-5001) from Lockheed’s Burbank facility in California on August 25, 1961, following reassembly by Mitsubishi its first flight in Japan (as 26-5001) was conducted from the company’s Komaki plant in Nagoya on April 27, 1962. The aircraft still bears the tail markings, albeit fading, of the 207th Sqn, the unit with which the aircraft was serving when its service career came to an end on April 18, 1986; a photo taken of the aircraft on approach to Gifu AB in November 1985 can be found here (link). From the latest November 1989 until around March 2003, this aircraft had been part of the Iruma AB collection (photo taken in November 2000 [link]). 

gifu f-104dj’005 in October 2000 during its time at Gifu AB. The aircraft was removed from display in
2004 and passed to the Old Car Center in June that year.

Two of the survivors, including ‘005 shown above during its time at Gifu AB, are at the Old Car Center in Naraha, which was within the area closed off following the March 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster. Radioactive contamination caused by the disaster had been removed by 2014, and the Center reopened in March 2016. J-HangarSpace last checked the status of the example on the roof of the Kawaguchiko Motor Museum in 2014 (below), when the Zero Fighter Collection was once again open to the public for the month of August (please refer to Aviation Museum Report 7).

Having been placed there in May 1986, ’008 is still mentioned as an attraction at the park in Seiyo, Ehime Prefecture, on a municipal tourism website. The aircraft is now not surprisingly in poor condition and its removal was described as just a matter of time in the Japanese link, which dates from 2015. A satellite image shows the aircraft still out in the woods in September 2020 (link).

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 Originally 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). According to the June 2023 issue of Kōkū Fan, was moved to make way for a bicycle lane in January 2017, now displayed at the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Yunlin County 

F-104DJ ’005 on sunny and gloomy days in happier, more active times, when with Nyutabaru- 
based 204th Sqn on display at Tsuiki AB in November 1976 (above) and with the
207th Sqn on a visit from Naha to Nyutabaru AB in March 1981

(Photos: Takao Kadokami)

A pair of 204th Sqn Starfighters visit Tsuiki AB, November 1978. Later converted to UF-104J
drone standard, ‘698 is today on display at the JASDF Air Park.
(Photo: Takao Kadokami)

Lockheed T-33A (Part 1/4)

Serial Location
51-5609 Kumagaya AB, Saitama Prefecture (See Location Report 5)
(Photo from Apr. 2017 [link]), had been repainted by end Mar. 2021)
(51-5610) Ashiya AB, Fukuoka Prefecture (Oct. 2019 [link])
(Removed with F-104J 663 August 23, 2021)
51-5620 In front of Shubudai Memorial Hall aviation history museum,
Iruma AB, Saitama Prefecture (Aug. 2019 [link])

Formerly at Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Café), Irino 4702-16, Hamamatsu,
Shizuoka Prefecture (Oct. 2020 [link]) 
Transported out early Dec. 2021, current location unknown
(See June 2022 Bulletin Board story)       
51-5627 Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture (Dec. 2017 [link])
51-5629 In Yuhien (literally “Soar Upwards Park”) inside Hyakuri AB, Ibaraki Prefecture
(Mar. 2020 [link])
51-5632 Hofu Kita AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture (photos from June 2019 [link] and
June 2023 [link])
51-5637 Sozaburonuma Park, Mitane, Yamamoto District, Akita Prefecture
(Apr. 2019 [link])

Kawaguchiko Motor Museum, Fujizakura Highland, Narusawa,
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture
(See Aug. 29, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
(Continued in Part 2 below)
Last updated: Mar. 5, 2024

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

The coloured areas of the Ashiya base collection T-33A, seen above in September 2000, had been
freshened up by October 2005
(link), only to have succumbed to the vagaries of the Kyushu
weather in the period up to October 2019
(link). Not surprising for an aircraft that 
has spent years outside after having been built in 1953 and on active
service with the JASDF from April 1955 to October 1965.
(In June 2021, a request for tenders anticipated the aircraft’s removal that autumn,
but the work was carried out [with the F-104J] late that August.)

(Iruma, Sept. 2012)

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 12.44.24crs(Hyakuri, Dec. 2018) One 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.

(Photo [Kawaguchiko Motor Museum, Aug. 2016]: Josephus37 via Wikimedia Commons)

Lockheed T-33A (Part 2/4)

Serial Location
51-5644 Kasuga AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
51-5645 Next to main gate at Komaki AB, Aichi Prefecture (Nov. 2019 [link])
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 (Apr. 2019 [link])
51-5663 Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture (Nov. 2019 [link], Nov. 2023 [link])
61-5217 Utsumi Park, Chitose, Hokkaido Prefecture (to be confirmed)
61-5221 (T-33AKai standard) On indoor display at Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum, Gifu Prefecture
(Photo from Apr. 2018 on dedicated museum page [link])
61-5228 Japan Aviation Academy Network (JANET) Corporation, Yamanashi Campus,
Kai, Yamanashi Prefecture (May 2022, photo from Oct. 2016 [link])
61-5229 Green Palace (B&G Foundation) park and sports centre, Yunomae, Kuma District,
Kumamoto Prefecture (present in April 2016)

Removed from Air Park display and placed in storage at JASDF Hamamatsu AB,
Shizuoka Prefecture (Mar. 2021)

(Photo when displayed inside, Oct. 2020 [link])


In enclosure at Tasupa Japan Meet Park (Tamazato Sports Park),

2316-1 Kurimatashika, Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture (Dec. 2020 [link])

71-5244 Okuchi Sports Center, Okuchitorisu, Isa, Kagoshima Prefecture
(Continued in Part 3 below)
Last updated: Mar. 10, 2024

This aircraft was reportedly still present at Kasuga in February 2019. (Photo taken in Sept. 2000)

(Photo [Miho AB, May 2017]: Hunini via Wikimedia Commons)

T-33A 51-5663’s 10-year operational service life came to an end in October 1965. The date the
aircraft was added to the Gifu base collection is unknown.

(Photos: [Top] Oct. 2000; [above, Nov. 2023]: K太郎 via X @kekekeno_Ktaro)

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

(Photo [JASDF Air Park, Oct. 2012]: Arjun Sarup)

Lockheed T-33A (Part 3/4)

Serial Location
71-5250 On “stilts” at Akadomari Coastal Sports Park, 2458 Akadomari, Akadomarimura,
Sado District, Niigata Prefecture (Jan. 2017 [link])
(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 (Oct. 2019 [link])
71-5279 On plinths at Yoshii Sports Island, 1166 Yoshiimachi Chitose, Ukiha,
Fukuoka Prefecture (See Displayed Aircraft Special Report 1 below)

On “stilts” at Retro Tachiarai Station, Chikuzen, Fukuoka Prefecture
(prior to Dec. 2008, location housed the Tachiarai Peace Museum)
(Feb. 2019 [link]) (See Displayed Aircraft Special Report 1A below)
71-5296 (Forward fuselage only) Privately owned, Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture (May 2018)
71-5305 Old Car Center KUDAN, Naraha, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture
(Photos from Sept. 2020 [link] and May 2023 [link])

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

(Photos from Feb. 2018 [link] and Nov. 2021 [link])


On indoor display at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, Komatsu Airport, Ishikawa Prefecture
(Photos from Oct. 2016 [link] and Oct. 2023 [link])

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 (photos from Dec. 2019 [link] and Oct. 2021 [link])
81-5335 W2Design, Hinode, Nishi-Tama, Tokyo ([link])
(Displayed as skeleton fuselage at Aerospace Exhibition Tokyo, Oct. 2013)
(Continued in Part 4 below)
Last updated: June 28, 2024

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

T-33A 71-5279 Ukiha (1)

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 blog indicated that a new coat of paint was applied at around that time. 

T-33A 71-5279 Ukiha (2)(Photos [April 2017]: Warren Hardcastle)

279 resting peacefully amongst the cherry blossom in April 2023. (Photo: 颯太 via X @_y4tty_)

Displayed Aircraft Special Report 1A
Lockheed-Kawasaki T-33A 71-5293, Chikuzen, Fukuoka Prefecture

(Photo [Aug. 2023]: aya01@長野県特地派遣隊 via X @aya01flt)

Typical of the more off-beat locations where former SDF aircraft are still to be found, this T-33A remains perched on a roof at the train station in Tachiarai, Fukuoka Prefecture. Installed when the former Tachiarai Peace Memorial Museum opened in 2004 in dedication to those who had lost their lives flying from the nearby wartime airfield, the aircraft remained when the museum moved to new premises in December 2008 and the building was refitted, reopening as the Retro Tachiarai Station Café in October 2009. The aircraft has worn the tail marking of the 304th Sqn, the unit with which it was last active, throughout its time at this location.

Delivered initially to the 6th Air Wing at Komatsu in June 1957, it is not until the 1970s that snapshots of this aircraft’s career path can be plotted.

At that time assigned to the Air Defense Command HQ Squadron, T-33A 293 is seen here
at Naha AB circa August 1973, the year after the United States had returned
Okinawa to Japanese sovereignty.
(Photo: Akio Misawa)

The aircraft was with Air Defense Command HQ Squadron at Iruma in October 1976 (link).

In this photo seen trundling along a Tsuiki taxiway when with the 304th Sqn in July 1989,
293 was still based there in May 1990
(link), the month before its withdrawal from use.
(Photo: Takao Kadokami)

In between times, 293 was caught on camera in Air Defense Command HQ Squadron markings at Iruma in November 1984 (link) and Komatsu in March 1987 (link) as well as at Tsuiki when with the Flight Check Group in August 1985 (link).

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).

Tachiarai T-33A (2)(Photo [Jan. 2010]: Yakunashi via Wikimedia Commons)

Taken on charge in August 1957, T-33A 71-5296 was serving with the Komatsu-based 306th Sqn
when retired in August 1993. Having somehow ended up by the side of the road in the Koibuchi
district of Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, its fuselage seemed to already have been present there
 for some time in May 2018
(link). (Photo [posted Aug. 2019]: yoto2nd via Twitter @yoto2nd)

Having been on active service since December 1957, initially with the 2nd Air Wing
and then for the rest of its career with the Gifu test unit, T-33A 321 was retired in
June 1995. The Ishikawa Aviation Plaza opened in November of that year.

(Photo [posted July 2023]: のり via X @norinori_1977)

T-33A 323 was in service from December 1957 to March 1990, but only its forward fuselage remains.
For a time reportedly stored at a private location in Nishigasakicho, Chuo Ward, Hamamatsu City in
the early 2000s, the relic was purchased by the owner of the now defunct Airfield Café, who posted
these photos, but due to a lack of space presented to the Shizuoka Institute of Science and
Technology (SIST) in Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture.

(Photos [undated]: Tujimon via X @orapo960)

Lockheed T-33A (Part 4/4)

Serial Location


Mounted on plinths in clearing at Meda Forest Park, Izumo,
Shimane Prefecture (Aug. 2019 [link])

(See Displayed Aircraft Special Report 2 below)

81-5344 Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Misawa, Aomori Prefecture
(Photos from Nov. 2020 [link] and May 2023 [link])
81-5345 (Nose section only) Military Shop Ordnance, Nago, Okinawa Prefecture
81-5348 Nara AB, Nara Prefecture (photos from June 2014 [link] and Apr. 2022 [link])
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)


Amagicho B&G Marine Centre swimming pool, close to Tokunoshima airport,
Kagoshima Prefecture, having been loaned to town of Amagi since 1992
present, as reported on TripAdvisor [link])

81-5351 JASDF Yakumo sub-base, Yamakoshi District, Hokkaido Prefecture
(Sept. 2019 [link])
“81-5358” (See 91-5403)
81-5362 Next to Hyugashintomi Station (JR Hyuga Line), Shintomi, Miyazaki Prefecture (close to Nyutabaru AB)
(Photos from July 2017 [link] and Dec. 2019 [link])


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)

(Supported on barrels July 2019 [link]) 

81-5375 (Fuselage only) Privately owned, in front of house in Minami Ward, Yokohama,
Kanagawa Prefecture, since at least 2010
81-5379 Komatsu AB, Ishikawa Prefecture (photos from Sept. 2019 [link] and Oct. 2023 [link])
81-5387 Bihoro Aviation Park, Bihoro, Abashiri District, Hokkaido Prefecture
(Photos from Apr. 2019 [link] and June 2023 [link])
91-5403 (Bears spurious serial 81-5358) In front of Bussankan Metase/Metase no Mori, 765 Yuminoshi, Chikujo, Chikujo District,
Fukuoka Prefecture 829-0107 (Detailed photos from April 2013 [link] and from Feb. 2018 [link])
91-5410 Nyutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture (See Displayed Aircraft Special Report 3 below)
Last updated: Mar. 5, 2024

(Photo [Nara AB, April 2013]: Hunini via Wikimedia Commons)

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)

(Photo [Minobu Town, Aug. 2020]: TAKA via Twitter @alice_herb, who uploaded other images of  
the private aircraft collection and a short video of their location here [link])

An unveiling ceremony was held on April 8, 2013, for the new addition to the forecourt at the
Bussankan Metase and adjoining Metase no Mori
(Metasequioa Grove) farrmers’  market
store in the town of Chikujo, Fukuoka Prefecture. Operated from Tsuiki until 1992, the
(actually 91-5403) had previously been displayed at Soeda Park in
the prefecture’s Tagawa District.

(Photos [Top, Mar. 2020] via Twitter @ mokomoko58; [above, Feb. 2023] 颯太 via X @_y4tty_)

Displayed Aircraft Special Report 2
Lockheed-Kawasaki T-33A 81-5340, Meda Forest Park, Izumo,
Shimane Prefecture

(Photo [posted Nov. 2021]: KarlHeinz@そろそろ復帰? via Twitter @KarlHei40792117)

Perched on some high ground in a clearing in a nature experience park in the mountains, 81-5340 was delivered to the JASDF on March 15, 1958. The aircraft was withdrawn from use when with the Hamamatsu-based 35th Squadron, 1st Air Wing, on February 15, 1990, about a year before the unit’s disbandment. The aircraft has been on free loan from the JASDF since the mid-90s; the plaque in its wooded hideaway apparently provides only general type information. Compare the aircraft’s eerie appearance with that in a photo taken in August 2019 (link).

Ideally, this is a location best reached by car. Failing that, from Izumo-shi Station on the JR Sanin Line, taking the bus bound for Izumo-Susa to its final stop takes 40 minutes. From there, the uphill walk to the park will take about 30 minutes.

Meda Forest Park is generally open from 09:00 to 18:00 (admission, until 1700, 200 yen for adults), closed from mid-December to early March. The T-33A is placed on a hill about 200m from the gate with its nose pointing northwest.

(Photo [Apr. 2023]: させ坊 via Twitter @ShimaneSasebo)

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 (Part 1/2)

Serial Location
17-8301  (F-4EJ) Gifu AB, having completed final flight Mar. 17, 2021
 Displayed for Runway Walk event, Nov. 2021. (See Bulletin Board story.)
37-8319  On plinths at Aviation Plaza, Airport Park, Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture
 (See Bulletin Board stories, Jan. and May 2022)
37-8321  Naha AB, Okinawa Prefecture (Dec. 2019 [link])
47-8336  (F-4EJ) Cockpit section only at Gifu AB PR Centre (July 2023)
47-8345  Chitose AB, Hokkaido Prefecture (Aug. 2019 [link])
57-8360  Nyutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture (Dec. 2019 [link])
57-8361  Parked at Komaki AB, Aichi Prefecture (Feb. 2023, current status unknown)
57-8375  Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Misawa, Aomori Prefecture
77-8393  (F-4EJ) Having completed final flight from Gifu Mar. 12, 2021, cockpit
 section in Gifu SDF Provincial Cooperation Office from July 2022
 (See Bulletin Board story, June 2022)
The tailfins from 57-8373 and 97-8418 used for 302nd Sqn and 305th Sqn monuments, respectively, at Hyakuri. Previously at Nyutabaru, the 301st Sqn tailfin from 27-8305 was unveiled at Misawa Mar. 17, 2023. In October 2020, the tailfin from 57-8353 was reportedly serving as a monument at Kasuga AB.
(Continued in Part 2 below)
Last updated: Mar. 6, 2024

(Photo [Gifu AB, Mar. 17, 2021]: JASDF Gifu Provincial Cooperation Office via Twitter @gifupco)

Hyakuri F-4EJKaiThis former 302nd TFS F-4EJKai is now displayed in an open area close to the Ibaraki airport
terminal building, opposite Hyakuri AB. The aircraft is due to receive a makeover:
see Bulletin Board, January 2022
(Photo: Tetsuya Otabe)

Void of any stencils, Naha AB’s now unfortunately replica-like F-4EJKai during the base’s summer
festival in August 2023. Having made its first flight on September 14, 1973, 37-8321 was handed
over to the JASDF that November and upgraded to F-4EJ
Kai standard in June 1990.
Withdrawn from use in 2008, the aircraft had taken pride of place at Naha in November that year
(photo from December 2008 [link]). By October 2021, 321 (link) and the other aircraft in
the collection had long been in need of attention, and the resulting repainting project was
completed on January 1, 2023.
(Photo: OKA@飛行機好き via X @oka_Boeing787)

In July 2023, a trolley-mounted Phantom cockpit mockup was installed at the Gifu AB PR Centre
as part of the facility’s renovation. Featured in a Gifu AB video posted on Twitter in December
(link), 336’s cockpit frame and canopy at the very least were used as the basis for
the mockup, the instrument panel of which can be switched to night-flight mode.

(Photos [via Twitter]: [Top, Mar. 9, 2021] Tommy@Saudia @b777300erhnd;
[above, July 2023] JASDF Gifu AB @JASDF_GIFUAB)

(Photo [Chitose AB, Mar. 2021]: sho_1027 via Twitter @shoyamayama1027)

Having logged around 6,000 flying hours since January 17, 1975, the last flight of Nyutabaru’s
resident Phantom took place on November 28, 2007. Delivered to the JASDF on April 24, 1975.
the aircraft was upgraded to F-4EJ
Kai standard  in July 1992 and placed on display on
October 30, 2008; according to its signboard it was the first Phantom to be retired.

(Photos, via Twitter: [Top, Oct. 2020]: JASDF Nyutabaru AB @JASDF_Nyutabaru;
[above, Dec. 2022] だおみーくん @DaomiKun)

F-4EJ 361 has been motionless at the place of its birth since at least September 2018 (link).
(Photo [Komaki AB, posted Feb. 2023]: マイテイ via Twitter @mighty0715)

thumbnail_IMG_0250Delivered to the JASDF in December 1975, 375 was serving with the 8th TFS at the time of its
retirement in 2009 and thus did not have to travel far when added to the Sky Plaza area at the
Misawa Aviation & Science Museum on January 29 that year. Completed in November 2021,
a repainting project on 375 transformed the aircraft from this in November 2020
(link) to
that below
in December 2021. The contractual amount for the work was 2,035,000 yen.
(Photos: [Top, Dec. 2019]: Warren Hardcastle; [above, Nov. 2021] MH-38R via Twitter @38rMh

McDonnell-Douglas F-4EJKai Phantom II (Part 2/2)

Serial Location
87-8404  Placed on display at Komatsu AB main gate Oct. 9, 2020
 Last served with 302nd Sqn, but has 303rd (left) and 306th markings
87-8409  (F-4EJ) Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture
87-8415  (Final flight Hyakuri to Tsuiki June 25, 2020, photo from June 17 [link])
 June 27, 2021, placed on display at Bussankan Metase/Metase no Mori,
 765 Yuminoshi, Chikujo, Chikujo District, Fukuoka Prefecture 829-0107 
97-8421  (See 97-8427, below)
97-8425  (See 97-8427, below)
97-8427  Along with those from 97-8421 and 425, forward fuselages installed at Hyper
 Douraku (“Hyper Hobby Activities”) Survival Game Paradise (link) in
 Sammu, Chiba Prefecture, which opened in Sept. 2021
07-8429  (F-4EJ) Flown from Gifu to Tsuiki on last flight Mar. 15, 2021, placed in store
07-8431  Gifu AB, having completed final flight Mar. 17, 2021, still present Nov. 2021
 As first F-4EJKai, to Gifu-Kakamigahara Air & Space Museum Feb. 18, 2023
17-8437  In Yuhien (literally “Soar Upwards Park”) inside Hyakuri AB,
 Ibaraki Prefecture (See Bulletin Board Jan. 24, 2022, May 2022)
17-8439  (Flown to Miho on last flight Sept. 8, 2020 [link])
 Placed next to C-1 and YS-11P Dec. 14, 2021, officially unveiled Jan. 7, 2022

 Flown from Hyakuri to Hamamatsu on last flight Dec. 1, 2020, placed on display
 at Air Park, March 2021

Last updated: Mar. 6, 2024

Before being placed on display in October 2020, the Komatsu Phantom was given the tail
markings of the base’s long-standing Phantom units, the eagle’s head of the 306th on the
right and the dragon of the 303rd TFS on the left side.

(Photos, via Twitter Sept. 2022: [Top] のばらとかげ @Gecko440;
[above] 超TAKAHIRO @k66g66tmm)

(Above) As reported in a January 2020 Bulletin Board report, the former AD&TW
F-4EJ 87-8409 was towed to join the other aircraft in the Gifu base collection.
As shown below, the aircraft are very much open to the elements.

(Photos: [Top] JASDF Gifu AB; [above, Jan 2023] JASDF Gifu AB via X
[formerly Twitter] @JASDF_GIFUAB

The F-4EJKai at Bussankan Metase no Mori, a local produce store in the town of Chikujo,
Fukuoka Prefecture; see Bulletin Board entry for July 2021.
(Photo [July 30, 2021]: み。Skycloud最近野鳥多め飛 via Twitter @blue2impulse3)

(Above) At the end of its last ever flight, on March 15, 2021, former Air Development & Test Wing
F-4EJ 07-8429 comes into land at Tsuiki AB, where the aircraft was placed in store. The aircraft
bears the commemorative marking shown below on both engine intake splitter plates.

(Photos: [top] JASDF Tsuiki AB via Twitter @jasdf_tsuiki;
[above, taken at Gifu, Mar. 9, 2021]: Tommy@Saudia via Twitter @b777300erhnd)

07-8431 was poignantly placed on the Gifu runway for the Runway Walk event, Nov. 2021.
(See Bulletin Board story.)
This aircraft was moved into the Gifu-Kakamigahara Air & Space Museum in February 2023.
(Photos: [Top] ぎふのあやぢ@50shoulder via Twitter @hijitukamen);
[above, posted Feb. 2024] 林信宏 via X [formerly Twitter] @rinkun360408)

17-8437 on the day of its installation at Hyakuri AB’s Yuhien display area
(See Bulletin Board, Jan. 24, 2022)
(Photo: 和父[Kazu-papa] via Twitter @Swordfi52449289)

(Above) Dignitaries take part in the tape-cutting ceremony held to mark Phantom 439 having
officially joined the ranks of the Miho base collection.
(Below) A photo of the
aircraft with a less cluttered foreground.
(Photos [Top, Jan. 7, 2022]: Lt.Col.Sasuke via Twitter @ LtColSasuke
[above, May 2023]: らぶらぶ via X [formerly Twitter] @mSEUJOi0Oel0ZGH)

Final Victims of Phantom Phase-out

Including the first and last examples, 14 of the 140 F-4EJ Phantoms built have survived as intact airframes. The end of a process that had been taking place over several years—here’s what was once 67-8389 looking decidedly down in the dumps at Nyutabaru AB in September 2015 (link)—saw a cull of many of the aircraft that had served up to the very end.

Having provided the unit’s final fanfare at the Hyakuri air show in December 2018, both of the
302nd Sqn Phantoms that had been given special sign-off markings were still present two years
(link). Remembered for having been the JASDF 50th anniversary “Flying Banana”
Phantom when with the then Nyutabaru-based 301st TFS in 2004
(link), 399 was in the
end sighted on the base dump on June 28, 2021; the ultimate fate of 428 is unknown.

(Top photo: カメちゃんvia Twitter @kame_cvw_5)

“And-er now, the end is near . . .”  Final glimpse of an already engineless 399.
(Photo [posted Jan. 2022]: みーこ via Twitter @miikohitomi)

naha302f-4ej(Above and below) Ten years apart, two shots of one of the pair of ex-works McDonnell-Douglas
Phantoms that was delivered in July 1971 and initiated a type service career that finally came to
an end in March 2021. Shown above at Naha in December 2008, during its final assignment
with the 302nd TFS, the aptly numbered ’302 was resplendent in markings celebrating the
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.
The aircraft was still in good condition when the photo below was taken from
the less accessible right side in December 2018, but the aircraft was
dismantled and removed from display on January 17, 2022.
(See Bulletin Board story)

2018-12-02 13.07.48crs

(Above) 37-8318 and 47-8327 sit among the trees on the south side of Gifu AB in November 2021.
According to the Sept. 22, 2021, bidding process, the deadline for their disposal had been set
at Dec. 24, 2021, but they were broken up around the end of January 2022. ’318 had been
flying up to March 2020. The markings on the engine intake splitter plate
(below) are unidentified.
(Photos: RF via Twitter @reconphantom501)

Not an art installation, merely the scene at the junkyard where 318 and 327 were broken up.
(Photo [posted Feb. 2022]: Naoki_O via Twitter @naoki_o_557)

Former 301st TFS Phantoms 57-8357 and ’367 at Hyakuri with (left) what appear to be the
likewise discarded blue underwing tanks once mounted on 302nd sayonara Phantom 07-8436.
(Photo [posted Jan. 7, 2022]: Norick@人見知り中 via Twitter @Norickapex1220)

When being transported on a low-loader trailer, the forward fuselage section (cut immediately aft
of the cockpit) of F-4EJ 67-8383 was passed on the Chuo Expressway near the city of Nagano
and later sighted at a parking area on the Kita-Kanto Highway in Ota, Gunma Prefecture.
One of around 12 aircraft that had been held in long-term storage at Komaki, it was
either on its way to a scrap dealer or into the hands of a private owner.
(Still from short video clip [posted Mar. 14, 2022]: BGY via Twitter @BGY11088695)

77-8393 (foreground) and 47-8336 were present on the north side of Gifu AB in Nov. 2021. With
some of its front fuselage panels removed, the badge on the splitter plate of ’393 contains a
Spook figure with
wording beneath the badge reads
A Step Forward. The bid deadline for removing both
aircraft had been Dec. 15, 2021, but having last flown on Mar. 17, 2021, 336 was
dismantled in Aug. 2022. The cockpits of both aircraft have been put to nearby
(see photos of 336 above). (Photo: Naoki_O via Twitter @naoki_o_0557

Apparently all that remains of 87-8408, which was being cannibalized for spares in September 2018 (link), is the instrument panel, which was forming a key part of a cockpit display in the Hyakuri PR Center in June 2021.

In December 2020, there had been seven former 301st TFS aircraft awaiting their fate at Hyakuri: 57-8355/367, 67-8378, 77-8395, 97-8416 and 07-8434/437.

At the 2019 Hyakuri air show, it fell to the 302nd TFS to bring down the curtain on public
displays of low-level airfield beat-ups by Phantoms. The two aircraft specially painted for
that occasion were still present with their 301st TFS counterparts in that same photo
from December 2020
(link); likewise, neither was found a new home.

(Top photo: カメちゃんvia Twitter @kame_cvw_5)

Scrap Dealer Avoidance 1: Rush of Phantom Gate Guards

(Photo [Dec. 1, 2020] JASDF Hamamatsu PR Center via Twitter @jasdf_airpark)

Built by Mitsubishi, the 140th and last F-4EJ received by the JASDF is welcomed to Hamamatsu AB at the end of its final flight and at the start of its assured future as an exhibit at the base’s Air Park collection; the aircraft was placed on indoor display in March 2021. Known affectionately as 獅子丸 (shishimaru), a play on its four-four-oh serial number (shishi also being the guardian dog on the left side of the entrance to a Shinto shrine), the aircraft is one of five lucky Phantoms passed to JASDF bases for safekeeping in 2020.

A camouflaged shishimaru was part of the Komatsu-based 306th Sqn contingent at the 1984 TAC
Meet. The photo was taken at Hyakuri, from where the aircraft departed on its flight into a
long and happy retirement in December 2020.
(Photo [Feb. 1984]: Akira Watanabe)

Scrap Dealer Avoidance 2: F-4EJKai Phantom 97-8427

One of the two former 301st Sqn Phantoms being prepped for the coming “battles” at the
Hyper Douraku Survival Game Paradise site under construction in Chiba Prefecture.

(Photo [June 2020]: DEFCON1 via Twitter @DEFCON_tactical)

Sammu, Chiba Prefecture. In the summer of 2020, visitors to a recreational area would have been surprised to come across the nose sections of two jet fighters near to its barbeque facilities and well-stocked fish ponds, which are both functional and ornamental. Rather than being converted to the lesser known F-4EJKoi version, these two former prides of the 301st Sqn fleet are among three (and an unidentified ex-JMSDF SH-60J) that now form part of the set at an adjoining survival game (known to its enthusiasts as airsoft) battleground. Having previously participated in air combat maneuvering at 30,000 feet, from September 2021 these three aircraft will be providing cover for “troops” engaged in ground-level mock combat akin to paintballing.

Four decades before, in May 1980, the 305th Sqn crew then assigned to ’427 brings the
aircraft safely back to base at Hyakuri.
(Photo: Akira Watanabe)

McDonnell-Douglas RF-4E/EJ Phantom II

Serial Location
47-6901 (RF-4EKai) In Yuhien (literally “Soar Upwards Park”) inside Hyakuri AB,
 Ibaraki Prefecture (See Bulletin Board Jan. 24, 2022, May 2022)
57-6376 (RF-4EJ)  (Nose section only, ‘680’ on left side)
Old Car Center, Naraha, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture
(Since Mar. 2020, photo from Sept. 2020 [link]
87-6412 (RF-4EJ) On plinths at Aviation Plaza, Airport Park, Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture
(Night photo from Mar. 2021 [link]. See Bulletin Board, Jan. and May 2022)
Tailfin from 47-6902 forms 501st Sqn monument at Hyakuri (Oct. 2012 [link]).
Last updated: Mar. 6, 2024

A distant view (link) shows the scene on the 501st Sqn flight line on the last day of flying, March 9, 2020. The six aircraft that took part in the final flypast were RF-4EKai 47-6901/903/907/909 and RF-4EJKai 67-6380 and 07-6433; of those only 901 remains.

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)

47-6901 on the January 17, 2022, the day of its installation at Hyakuri AB’s Yuhien display area.
Resplendent in its blue camouflage scheme with final special markings, 901 replaced 906 only
to be repainted in something vaguely approaching standard tactical camouflage two months
(photo from Dec. 2023 [link]). On the plus side, hopefully several canopies have
been retained as spares, to negate the need to paint them black.
(See Bulletin Board, Jan. 24, 2022 and May 2022)
(Photo: 和父[Kazu-papa] via Twitter @Swordfi52449289)

2018-12-02 12.56.18crsIn service with the 501st Sqn from 1975 to 2009, the Hyakuri collection’s original RF-4EKai
had been on display for 12 years when replaced by 901 in January 2022.

Rejected RF-4EKai

(Photo [Jan. 2021]: takeofujioka via Twitter @takeofujioka)

(Above photo) One of the “final film”-marked RF-4EKai sits forlornly on Hyakuri AB’s answer to the cutting room floor. There has been a half-hearted attempt made to obliterate the originally McDonnell-Douglas engineer-designed “Spook” character on the engine intake splitter plate, around which had been added THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. Also painted over has been the name of the aircraft’s crew chief above the DANGER INTAKE triangle. This aircraft was most likely 57-6909, seen here on Mar. 3, 2020 (link), six days before its and the 501st Sqn’s final flights.

On the occasion of the 501st Sqn’s final flights on March 9, 2020, two three-aircraft missions were flown. The aircraft launched in the morning were RF-4EKai 57-6907 and two RF-4EJKai (67-6380 and 07-6433). The final, all-RF-4EKai flight comprised 47-6901 and 903 with 57-6909. Of these, only 901 was retained, replacing 57-6906 in the Hyakuri AB collection in January 2022 (see above).

McDonnell-Douglas F-15J Eagle

Serial Location
52-8846 (Cockpit section only) Daikeien Amusement Park, Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture
Last updated: May 7, 2021

Although the earliest examples are now some 40 years old, an intact F-15J has yet to be preserved.
This piece of wreckage marks an embarrassing but extremely fortunate episode in the
annals of JASDF history.
(Photo [Nov. 2019]: Warren Hardcastle)

On November 22, 1995, Capt. Tatsumi Higuchi of the Komatsu-based 303rd Sqn had been piloting 52-8846—seen here the previous month (link)—during an air combat manoeuvering (ACM) and simulated missile firing exercise, when his aircraft was shot down by an AIM-9L Sidewinder missile fired due to a technical fault on from his wingman’s aircraft (62-8870). Having ejected and successfully come down in the sea near Hegurajima, an island in the Sea of Japan 165km north of his home base, Capt. Higuchi was rescued by the crew of a passing fishing boat. Salvaged for the accident investigation, this part of the wreck somehow found its way to the Daikeien Amusement Park, Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture.

Since 1983, a total of nine F-15Js and four F-15DJs have been lost in accidents that have claimed the lives of 10 pilots. Single tailfins from the aircraft involved in the two most recent F-15J incidents are now serving as base memorials.

September 11, 2008 (72-8883, 304th Sqn, Tsuiki AB [link])
Following an in-flight electrical system malfunction, the pilot fortunately managed to eject and survived.

July 5, 2011 (72-8879, 204th Sqn, Naha AB [link])
Salvaged by the JMSDF, the tail serves as a poignant memorial to the aircraft’s pilot, Lt. Col. (posthumously promoted to Major) Yuji Kawakubo, who is thought to have lost consciousness during a training mission over the ocean.

The F-4EJKai in the town of Chikujo, Fukuoka Prefecture, basks in the autumn sunshine
as an F-2 joins the circuit for a landing at the former Phantom base Tsuiki.

(Photo [Nov. 2021]: べとるーし via Twitter @benelli_t)

(Photo [Aviation Plaza, Ibaraki Airport, Mar. 2024]: TAKA via X @alice_herb)

Fixed-Wing Types continued in Part 2




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