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JGSDF – Where Are They Now?

As far as is possible, this section will provide the latest information on the whereabouts of surviving examples of withdrawn JGSDF aircraft, which can be found in places far removed from the cosseted shelter of aviation museums.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

The aircraft are on open-air display unless otherwise stated. Bold-type serial numbers indicate aircraft that appear in photos immediately after the relevant table; months in parentheses the dates aircraft were last confirmed as still present.

Carried out early in 2014 to mark the Self-Defense Forces’ 60th anniversary, a census of JGSDF types produced mixed results. Utilizing information gained from the census, two special reports on displayed aircraft were added in a separate section at the very end of the tabular information:

KV-107II at Crossland Oyabe amusement park, Toyama Prefecture
UH-1H at Herb World Akita, Yurihonjo, Akita Prefecture

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

utsut-34This weather-beaten JGSDF Beech T-34A Mentor wiles away its days in a meadow close to the main gate of the service’s Kita-Utsunomiya airfield.

Fixed-Wing Types

Beech T-34A Mentor

Serial Last Known Location
60501  Higashi-Chitose Army Camp, Hokkaido Prefecture
60505

 Bihoro Aviation Park, Bihoro, Abashiri District, Hokkaido Prefecture

60506  Kita-Utsunomiya Army Camp, Tochigi Prefecture (May 2013, pictured above)
60508  On indoor display at Tokorozawa Aviation Museum, Saitama Prefecture (Oct. 2013)
60509  On roof of PR Exhibit Room at Yao Army Camp, Osaka Prefecture (Oct. 2012)
 Last updated: Oct. 29, 2013

tokorozawat-34Several of the aircraft on display at the Tokorozawa Aviation Museum, including this
1950s-vintage T-34A Mentor, are suspended from the ceiling.

Cessna L-19E* Bird Dog

Serial Last Known Location
11209  Instructional airframe at Japan Aviation Academy Wajima (JAAW) Noto Airport
 Campus, 9-27-7 Sue, Mitsui, Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture 929-2372 (Jan. 2014)
11210

 As 11209 (Jan. 2014)

11214

 Old Car Center, Naraha, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture
 (Note: Placed off limits following the March 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Power
  Plant disaster, the Old Car Center reopened in April 2016.)

11364  (L-19E-2) Tachikawa Army Camp, Tokyo (Nov. 2013)
11366  (L-19E-2) Main gate of Kita-Utsunomiya Army Camp, Tochigi Prefecture
 (May 2013)

 * L-19E-1 unless otherwise stated. All survivors are from 22 built under licence by Fuji.

 Last updated: Mar. 1, 2017

jgsdfl-19This L-19E-2 forms part of a huddle of aircraft parked at Kita-Utsunomiya Army Camp’s main gate.

tachikawal-19The L-19E-2 at Tachikawa Army Camp was delivered to the JGSDF in March 1960. Withdrawn from use with the 1st Sqn in December 1986, the aircraft was previously displayed at Takigahara Army Camp, Shizuoka Prefecture.

jaawl-19Japan Aviation Academy Wajima (JAAW) keeps two L-19Es in the hangar at its campus at Noto Airport, Ishikawa Prefecture. (Taken in January 2014, photo courtesy Masayuki Sakamoto, JAAW)

Fuji LM-1/LM-2

 In operational use from 1954 to 1986, 21 LM-1 and three LM-2 aircraft were built.
 Although eight of the former and all three LM-2s were sold to U.S. owners, none remain in Japan.
 Last updated: Oct. 23, 2013

LM-1Retaining its military markings, this 1955-vintage LM-1—photographed at Lakeland, Florida, in April 2009—has had its JGSDF serial 21011 removed and bears the U.S. registration N8020K. The aircraft is reportedly still airworthy and registered to an owner in Delaware.
(Photo: RuthAS via Wikimedia Commons) 

Kawasaki KAL-2

Serial Location
20001

 On indoor display at Tokorozawa Aviation Museum, Saitama Prefecture
 (May 2013)

 Last updated: Oct. 23, 2013

kal-2Originally delivered to the nascent JASDF for testing in December 1954, this is one of
only two KAL-2s ever built. Its sister was scrapped after serving with the JMSDF.

Mitsubishi LR-1

Serial Last Known Location
22001  Used for instructional purposes at JGSDF Kasumigaura Aviation School,
 Ibaraki Prefecture
22003  Tachikawa Army Camp, Tokyo (Nov. 2013)
22004  Mitsu Seiki Co., Ltd., 301 Shimogawai, Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture 656-1522
 (See Feb. 18, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
22006  Main gate at Kita-Utsunomiya Army Camp, Tochigi Prefecture (May 2013)
22007  Instructional airframe at Narita Aeronautics College, 1842 Toride-Nishino,
 Toride City, Ibaraki Prefecture 302-0004 (April 2017)
22008  Kasuminome Army Camp, Miyagi Prefecture (Feb. 2014)
22009  Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Misawa, Aomori Prefecture
22013  Kita-Kumamoto Army Camp, Kumamoto Prefecture
22014  Jinmachi Army Camp, Higashine, Yamagata Prefecture
22016  Naha Army Camp, Okinawa Prefecture (painted as formerly based 22019)
 (Feb. 2014)
22019  Kisarazu Army Camp, Chiba Prefecture
 Last updated: June 20, 2017

utsulr-1A high proportion of LR-1 aircraftthe JGSDF’s liaison/reconnaissance version of the Mitsubishi MU-2
business turbopropare being placed at the gates of army camps upon retirement. This is 22006,
on the main gate at Kita-Utsunomiya Army Camp in May 2013.

tachikawalr-1Delivered in March 1972, the third LR-1 built served with the Eastern Region Helicopter Squadron’s Headquarters Flight at Tachikawa, where the aircraft has thus far spent its retirement.

LR-1 22007  YaoDelivered to the JGSDF in 1976, the LR-1 now at the Narita Aeronautics College in Toride City, Ibaraki
Prefecture, was a long-term resident at Yao, Osaka Prefecture, with the Central Region HQ Flight.
Initially painted black overall (as seen in the above photo), the aircraft sported World 
War II-like green and brown camouflage in the 90s. Today, 22007 still bears the low-viz
scheme, tail marking and nose ‘M’ (for ‘middle’) from its last days at the Central Region.
(Above photo: Takao Kadokami [Yao, March 1980])
LR-1 22007 Toride(Photo: Warren Hardcastle [April 2017])

Piper L-21B Super Cub

Serial Location
12032

 On indoor display at Tokorozawa Aviation Museum,
 Saitama Prefecture (May 2013)

 10245 

 Kawaguchiko Motor Museum, Fujizakura Highland, Narusawa,
 Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0320
 (See Aug. 29, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)

 Last updated: Nov. 3, 2014

tokorozawal-21The Piper L-21B at Tokorozawa was originally donated to the National Security Force (NSF)—the JGSDF’s immediate forerunner—in 1953. To the left can be seen the Planes of Fame Mitsubishi Zero
that was resident at Tokorozawa for a time in 2013.

Stinson L-5E Sentinel

Serial Location
”535025″  (Original serial possibly 10303) On indoor display at Tokorozawa Aviation  Museum, Saitama Prefecture (May 2013)
 Last updated: Oct. 24, 2013

tokorozawal-5A total of around 40 Stinson L-5 Sentinel aircraft are believed to have served in Japan. The example at Tokorozawa was delivered in 1952 to the National Police Reserve (NPR) that was to become the NSF.

Helicopters

ih-1 on trailer
Withdrawn JGSDF helicopters often serve out their time as maintenance training airframes. Used for training by Eastern Army Aviation, Fuji-Bell UH-1H 41714 (above) and Hughes OH-6D 31173 (below) were paraded on specialized trucks at Tachikawa Army Camp in November 2013. The yellow stickers
on both aircraft proclaimed the 40th anniversary of the return of the first part of the base to
Japanese from U.S. control on June 30, 1973.

oh-6d on trailer

oh-6d trailer closeup

oh-6d on truck (left side)

Eurocopter (Aérospatiale) AS332L Super Puma

Serial Last Known Location
00001  In store at Kasumigaura Army Camp, Ibaraki Prefecture
00002  (As 00001)
00003

 (As 00001)

 Last updated: Oct. 25, 2013

 

Fuji-Bell AH-1S Cobra

Serial Last Known Location
73401  On indoor display at JGSDF Public Information Center, 4-6 Sakaecho,
 Asaka, Saitama Prefecture (April 2014)
73402  Instructional airframe at JGSDF Kasumigaura Aviation School,
 Ibaraki Prefecture
 Last updated: Oct. 25, 2013

Asaka AH-1SThe first JGSDF AH-1S Cobra is given pride of place on the ground floor of the service’s
Public Information Center at Asaka, Saitama Prefecture.

Fuji-Bell UH-1B

Serial Last Known Location
41514  Utsunomiya Army Camp, Tochigi Prefecture
41522  Zentsuji Army Camp, Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture
41524  Converted into flight simulator and displayed at Tochigi Science Museum,
 567 Nishikawada-machi, Utsunomiya, Tochigi 321-0151 (Feb. 2014)
41528  Yonago Army Camp, Tottori Prefecture (June 2014)
41547  In main indoor exhibition area, Tokorozawa Aviation Museum,
 Saitama Prefecture (May 2013)
41559  Shinodayama Army Camp, Izumi, Osaka Prefecture (Feb. 2014)
41560  In storage hangar at Tokorozawa Aviation Museum, Saitama Prefecture (Oct. 2013)
41571  Kita-Utsunomiya Army Camp, Tochigi Prefecture (May 2013)
41580  Takigahara Army Camp, Shizuoka Prefecture (Apr. 2013)
41581(?)  (Possibly 41531) Old Car Center, Naraha, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture.
 (Note: Placed off limits following the March 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Power
  Plant disaster, the Old Car Center reopened in April 2016.)
41583  Bihoro Aviation Park, Bihoro, Abashiri District, Hokkaido Prefecture
41585  Shinto Furusato Park, 1920-1 Yamakoda, Shintomura, Kitagunma District,
 Gunma Prefecture 370-3502 (Jan. 2010)
41586  Fukushima Army Camp, Fukushima Prefecture (Mar. 2014)
 Last updated: Mar. 1, 2017

utsuuh-1bHeavily influenced by U.S. operations in Vietnam, the JGSDF operated a total of 90 UH-1B helicopters. The type was given the unofficial name Hiyodori (Bulbul).

41514 Utsunomiya UH-1Delivered to the JGSDF on September 28, 1965, UH-1B 41514 was withdrawn from use on
September 24, 1985, four days short of its 20th anniversary. The aircraft is a long-term
display resident at Camp Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture.
(Photo: Warren Hardcastle [April 2017])

Fuji-Bell UH-1H

Serial Last Known Location
41606  Front fuselage used for indoor training purposes at Narashino Army Camp,
 Narashino, Chiba Prefecture (with 41644)
41620  Painted with cartoon characters at Herb World Akita, 490-5 Shinmichishita,  Numata, Nishimemachi, Yurihonjo, Akita Prefecture 018-0604 (Feb. 2014)
 (See Displayed Aircraft Special Report 2 that follows tabular information)
41621

 Uchihara Health Park, Mito City Hall Uchihara Branch Office, Mito,
 Ibaraki Prefecture (next to fire station, illuminated at night)

41625

 Matsumoto Army camp, Nagano Prefecture (April 2014)

41635

 Ainoura Army Camp, Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture

41637  Main gate at Kita-Utsunomiya Army Camp, Tochigi Prefecture (May 2013)
41640  Instructional airframe at Narita Aeronautics College, 1842 Toride-Nishino,
 Toride City, Ibaraki Prefecture 302-0004
41644  Front fuselage used for indoor training purposes at Narashino Army Camp,
 Narashino, Chiba Prefecture (with 41606)
41651  Japan Defense Ministry, Ichigaya, Tokyo (See Location Report 7)
41658  Minus rotors at Makomanai Army Camp, Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture
41663  Shinmachi Army Camp, Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture (Sept. 2011)
41666  Miya River Watarai Park, 1260 Ohnogi, Watarai, Watarai District,
 Mie Prefecture (Mar. 2013)
41667  Hisai Army Camp, Tsu, Mie Prefecture
41669  Mitsu Seiki Co., Ltd., 301 Shimogawai, Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture 656-1522
 (See May 18, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
41672  JGSDF Public Information Center, 4-6 Sakaecho, Asaka,
 Saitama Prefecture (April 2014)
41676  Yonago Army Camp, Tottori Prefecture (June 2014)
41681  Instructional airframe at Kita-Utsunomiya Aviation School,
 Tochigi Prefecture (May 2013)
41682  Instructional airframe at Shinodayama Army Camp, Izumi, Osaka Prefecture
 (Feb. 2014)
41684  Rotorless at Matsudo Army Camp, Chiba Prefecture (Oct. 2011)
41685  Kasumigaura Army Camp Public Information Center, Ibaraki Prefecture
 (See May 18, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
41693  Rotorless instructional airframe at Kita-Utsunomiya Aviation School,
 Tochigi Prefecture (May 2013)
41694  Funaoka Army Camp, Shibata Town, Miyagi Prefecture (Apr. 2012)
41695  Rotorless on raised structure for instructional purposes at
 Kita-Utsunomiya Aviation School, Tochigi Prefecture (May 2013)
41696  Instructional airframe at Shinodayama Army Camp, Izumi, Osaka Prefecture
 (Feb. 2014)
41700  Fujisan Juku no Mori Park, Inno, Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture
41703  Kasuminome Army Camp, Miyagi Prefecture (Feb. 2014)
41704  Jinmachi Army Camp, Higashine, Yamagata Prefecture (June 2013)
41709  Tachikawa Army Camp, Tokyo
41710  Jinmachi Army Camp, Higashine, Yamagata Prefecture (June 2013)
41712  Makomanai Army Camp, Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture
41714  Instructional airframe at Tachikawa Army Camp, Tokyo (Nov. 2013)
 (See photo above, at start of Helicopter section)
41729  Instructional airframe at Kasumigaura Aviation School, Ibaraki Prefecture
 (May 2013)
 Last updated: June 20, 2017

tachikawauh-1hDisplayed near the Tachikawa base archives building, this UH-1H served actively from 1989 to 2011.

UH-1H AsakaSqueezed in next to a pair of self-propelled howitzers, this example of a UH-1H can be seen at the
JGSDF Public Information Center at Asaka, Saitama Prefecture.

Hughes TH-55J

Serial Last Known Location
61307  Old Car Center, Naraha, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture
 (Note: Placed off limits following the March 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Power
  Plant disaster, the Old Car Center reopened in April 2016.)
61313

 Instructional airframe at Japan Aviation Academy Wajima (JAAW) Noto Airport
 Campus, 9-27-7 Sue, Mitsui, Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture 929-2372 (Jan. 2014)

61314

 Instructional airframe (with 61319) at Narita Aeronautics College,
 1842 Toride-Nishino, Toride City, Ibaraki Prefecture 302-0004

61319

 (As 61314)

61324

 On indoor display at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, Komatsu Airport,
 Ishikawa Prefecture

61326

 Kasumigaura Army Camp Public Information Center, Ibaraki Prefecture
 (See May 18, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)

61328

 In storage hangar at Tokorozawa Aviation Museum, Saitama Prefecture (Oct. 2013)

61331

 Ainoura Army Camp, Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture

61332

 (As 61313)

61333

 (As 61313)

61334

 Park at Kiraku Fureai no Oka, Tsukubamirai City, Ibaraki Prefecture
 (Still resident Feb. 2014, though there are plans to return aircraft to JGSDF.)

61335

 Kita-Utsunomiya Army Camp, Tochigi Prefecture (May 2013)

61337

 (As 61313)

61338

 (As 61313)

 Last updated: Mar. 1, 2017

tokorozawath-55jThe Tokorozawa TH-55J only gets to see the public light of day once a year. The JGSDF operated 38 of the type in the training role 1972–1995.

jaawth-551
(Above and below) Seen in the hangar at Noto Airport are three of the five TH-55Js acquired by the Japan Aviation Academy Wajima (JAAW). (Taken in January 2014, photos courtesy
Masayuki Sakamoto, JAAW)

jaawth-552

 

Kawasaki-Bell H-13KH*

Serial Last Known Location
30003
 (*H-13E) In storage hangar at Tokorozawa Aviation Museum,
 Saitama Prefecture (Oct. 2013)
30120  At local museum at 36-1 Shimizu, Kota, Nukata District,
 Aichi Prefecture 444-0124 (Mar. 2014)
30216  Old Car Center, Naraha, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture.
 (Note: Placed off limits following the March 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Power
  Plant disaster, the Old Car Canter reopened in April 2016.)
30219  Instructional airframe at Narita Aeronautics College,
 1842 Toride-Nishino, Toride City, Ibaraki Prefecture 302-0004
 Last updated: Mar. 1, 2017

Japan Aviation Academy adAppearing in the August 1981 edition of the now defunct magazine Air World, this ad for the Japan
Aviation Academy shows the small fleet of former-JGSDF H-13 helicopters that were at that time
used by the organization. The ad requests that any prospective new student send in a stamped,
self-addressed envelope to the value of 800 yen to the high school campus in Futaba (now
part of the city of Kai), Yamanashi Prefecture, to receive an admission information pack.

tokorozawah-13Another former NSF aircraft, H-13E 30003 was still present in the
Tokorozawa storage hangar in October 2013.

Kawasaki-Boeing CH-47J Chinook

Serial Last Known Location
52901  Stored at Asaka Army Camp, Saitama Prefecture
52904  Training airframe minus rotors at Narashino Army Camp, Narashino,
 Chiba Prefecture
52909  Minus rotors at Matsumoto Army Camp, Nagano Prefecture (April 2014)
 Last updated: Aug. 4, 2014

 

Kawasaki-Hughes OH-6D

Serial Last Known Location
31121  Rotorless on raised structure for instructional purposes at
 JGSDF Kita-Utsunomiya Aviation School, Tochigi Prefecture (Dec. 2013)
31122  On indoor display at Mitsu Seiki Co., Ltd., 301 Shimogawai, Awaji,
 Hyogo Prefecture 656-1522 (See Feb. 18, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
31124  JGSDF Kita-Utsunomiya Aviation School, Tochigi Prefecture (May 2013)
31127  Funaoka Army Camp, Shibata Town, Miyagi Prefecture (Apr. 2012)
31129  Kawasaki Heavy Industries Seishin Works, 8-2 Takatsudai 2-Chome,
 Nishi-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 651-2271
31130  Kasuminome Army Camp, Miyagi Prefecture (Feb. 2014)
31133  In front of main entrance within grounds of Oji Technical High School,
 6-1 Oji-Honmachi 3-chome, Kitakatsuragi District, Nara Prefecture 636-0012
31137  Dumped minus tail boom/rotors at Kasuminome Army Camp,
 Miyagi Prefecture (Feb. 2013)
31138  Kasuminome Army Camp, Miyagi Prefecture (Apr. 2012)
31140  Rotor/tail-less instructional airframe at JGSDF Kasumigaura Aviation School,
 Ibaraki Prefecture (May 2013)
31141  Main gate of JGSDF Kita-Utsunomiya Aviation School,
 Tochigi Prefecture (May 2013)
31144  On roof of Sato Construction, 44 Takaya, Naka Ward, Kurashiki,
 Okayama Prefecture 703-8233
31148  Shinodayama Army Camp, Izumi, Osaka Prefecture (Feb. 2014)
31149  Yonago Army Camp, Tottori Prefecture (June 2014)
31152  Rotor-less display airframe (with tail boom from 31157) at
 JGSDF Kasumigaura Aviation School, Ibaraki Prefecture (May 2014)
31154  Tachikawa Army Camp, Tokyo (Nov. 2013)
31161  Japan Aviation Academy Wajima (JAAW) Noto Airport Campus, 9-27-7 Sue,  Mitsui, Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture 929-2372 (Jan. 2014)
31170  Rotor-less display airframe (with tail boom from 31176) at
 JGSDF Kasumigaura Aviation School, Ibaraki Prefecture (May 2014)
31173  Instructional airframe at Tachikawa Army Camp, Tokyo (Nov. 2013)
 (See photos above, at start of Helicopter section)
31175  Jinmachi Army Camp, Higashine, Yamagata Prefecture (June 2013)
31178   Hachinohe Army Camp, Aomori Pref. (tail boom from 31201, Oct. 2014)
31188  Rotorless instructional airframe at JGSDF Kita-Utsunomiya Aviation School,
 Tochigi Prefecture (May 2013)
31193  Instructional purposes at JGSDF Kita-Utsunomiya Aviation School,
 Tochigi Prefecture (May 2013)
31195  (Tail boom from 31218) Inside fenced enclosure in park within Kiryugaoka
 amusement park, Miyamotomachi 4-1-1, Kiryu, Gunma Prefecture (Sept. 2013)
31197  (Tail boom from 31214) Kanazawa Institute of Technology, 7-1 Ogigaoka,
 Nonoichi, Ishikawa Prefecture 921-8501 (May 2012)
31201  Aozora (Blue Sky) Nursery School, Tomisato, Chiba Prefecture (April 2017)
31204  Sendai Airport, Miyagi Prefecture (April 2017)
31211  Maruoka Park, 3201 Yokogawacho, Kamino, Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture
31212  Kasumigaura Army Camp Public Information Center, Ibaraki Prefecture
 (See May 18, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
31229  Instructional airframe at JGSDF Kasumigaura Aviation School,
 Ibaraki Prefecture (May 2013)
31241  Camp Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture (April 2017)
31246  Instructional airframe at JGSDF Kasumigaura Aviation School,
 Ibaraki Prefecture (May 2013)
31270  Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Misawa, Aomori Prefecture
 (replaced 31184 June 2015)
 Last updated: June 20, 2017

utsuoh-6dThe Kawasaki-built OH-6D now resident at the Kita-Utsunomiya main gate was delivered to
the JGSDF in February 1981.

Kasumigaura OH-6DOne of two rotor-less OH-6Ds mounted on platforms next to the tower at the Kasumigaura Aviation School. The elevated position enabled trainee pilots to get used to the line of sight from
a hovering helicopter. As OH-6 training is no longer carried out at Kasumigaura,
the aircraft are now for display purposes only.

tachikawaoh-6dDelivered in November 1982, this OH-6D was involved in an accident at the Toyohira training ground in Sapporo on March 12, 1992. As a result, the aircraft was struck off active charge and ended up at Tachikawa Army Camp.

jaawoh-6Lacking its main rotor, this OH-6D is now a permanent resident in the hangar at the Japan Aviation Academy Wajima’s Noto Airport Campus. (Taken in January 2014, photo courtesy
Masayuki Sakamoto, JAAW)

OH-6D 31241 UtsunomiyaFlown by the Sky Hornets display team in 2012, 31241 had been placed on display at Camp
Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, by April 2014.
(Photo: Warren Hardcastle [April 2017])

31201 OH-6D JGSDFDoctor-Heli emergency medical service helicopters are often seen flying over the Aozora (Blue Sky)
Nursery School that opened in Tomisato, Chiba Prefecture, on April 1, 2011. A former SDF member
involved with the management of the school, which is also close to Narita International Airport, 
thought it would be aspirational for the pupils to have a real helicopter on site. So a request
was submitted and in due course the school rewarded by the presentation of 1988-vintage
OH-6D 31201 previously operated at the JGSDF Aviation School at
Akeno, Mie Prefecture.
(Photo: Warren Hardcastle [April 2017])

Kawasaki-Hughes OH-6J

Serial Last Known Location
31032  Yonago Army Camp, Tottori Prefecture (June 2014)
31053  Privately owned in Minobu Town, Minamikoma District, Yamanashi Prefecture
 (appeared on Japanese TV programme, April 2016)
31058  (OH-6JKai) On indoor display at Kakamigahara Aerospace Museum,
 Gifu Prefecture
31065  On indoor display at Tokorozawa Aviation Museum, Saitama Prefecture
 (May 2013)
31075  Instructional airframe at Narita-Tsukuba Aviation College, 1842 Toride-Nishino,
 Toride City, Ibaraki Prefecture 302-0004
31081  On indoor display at Kakamigahara Aerospace Museum, Gifu Prefecture
31088  On raised structure outside Nagasaki branch office of Kyushu Defense Bureau,
 2-25 Dejima-machi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 850-0862 (Feb. 2014)
31089  Sangenya Army Camp, Okayama, Okayama Prefecture
31093  On indoor display at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, Komatsu Airport,
 Ishikawa Prefecture
31094  Higashi Nihon Technical School, Sendai AP, Miyagi Prefecture
31098  Tachikawa Army Camp, Tokyo (Nov. 2013)
31103   Displayed inside hangar at Department of Aerospace Engineering,
 Nippon Bunri University, Oita, Oita Prefecture (April 2017)
31104  Ainoura Army Camp, Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture
31110  Zentsuji Army Camp, Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture
31111  Higashi-Chitose Army Camp, Hokkaido Prefecture
31115  Kita-Utsunomiya Army Camp, Tochigi Prefecture
 Last updated: June 19, 2017

tokorozawaoh-6OH-6J 31065 ended its 15-year military service career in February 1989.

tachikawaoh-6jHanded over to the JGSDF in February 1976, the Tachikawa base collection’s OH-6J was operating with the 8th Sqn when retired from service in June 1995.

31103 OH-6J OitaStill bearing the markings of  Hofu-based 13th Squadron, this OH-6J was delivered on February 17,
1977, and withdrawn from use on June 30, 1995. The aircraft reportedly came into the possession
of current owner, Nippon Bunri University in Oita, the following year.
(Photo: Warren Hardcastle [April 2017])

Kawasaki-Vertol KV-107II Variants*

Serial Last Known Location
51705  (KV-107II-4) Ainoura Army Camp, Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture
51707

 (KV-107II-4) Higashi-Chitose Army Camp, Hokkaido Prefecture

51712

 (KV-107II-4) Matsumoto Army Camp, Nagano Prefecture (April 2014)

51717

 (KV-107II-4) Jinmachi Army Camp, Yamagata Prefecture (June 2013)

51730

 (KV-107II-4) Jinmachi Army Camp, Yamagata Prefecture (June 2013)

51734

 (KV-107II-4) In storage hangar at Tokorozawa Aviation Museum,
 Saitama Prefecture (Oct. 2013)

51735

 (KV-107II-4) Zentsuji Army Camp, Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture

51736

 (KV-107II-4A) VIP transport version kept at Kisarazu Army Camp,
 Chiba Prefecture (Oct. 2012)

51737  (KV-107II-4) Rotorless at Matsudo Army Camp, Chiba Prefecture (Oct. 2011)
51742  (KV-107II-4) Yonago Army Camp, Tottori Prefecture (June 2014)
51804  Kakamigahara Aerospace Museum, Gifu Prefecture
51807  Instructional airframe at Shinodayama Army Camp, Izumi, Osaka Prefecture
 (Feb. 2014)
51811  Rotorless training airframe at Hisai Army Camp, Tsu, Mie Prefecture
51812  Funaoka Army Camp, Shibata Town, Miyagi Prefecture (Apr. 2012)
51814  Shinmachi Army Camp, Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture (Sept. 2011)
51815  Kasumigaura Army Camp Public Information Center, Ibaraki Prefecture
 (See May 18, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
51816  Mitsu Seiki Co., Ltd., 301 Shimogawai, Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture 656-1522
 (See Feb. 18, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
51817  Mount Unzen Disaster Memorial Hall, 1-1 Heisei-machi, Shimabara,
 Nagasaki Prefecture 855-0879 (Feb. 2013)
51818  Crossland Oyabe amusement park, Oyabe, Toyama Prefecture (Feb. 2014)
 (See Displayed Aircraft Special Report 1 that follows tabular information)
(Unknown)  Privately owned in Minobu Town, Minamikoma District, Yamanashi Prefecture
 (acquired 2015, appeared on Japanese TV programme April 2016)
 * KV-107IIA-4 unless otherwise stated
 Last updated: Apr. 29, 2016

Jinmachi KV107Standing out among the blossoming cherry trees at Jinmachi Army Camp in April 2009 is one of the two resident KV-107II-4 helicopters. (Photo: “Crescent moon” via Wikimedia Commons) 

jgsdfvipkv-107Kept in pristine condition at Kisarazu, this VIP-configured KV-107II-4A is regularly shown off
at the base’s open days and commemorative events.

kakamikv107Its 22-year military career having come to an end late in 1995, this KV-107IIA-4 was present for the Kakamigahara Aerospace Museum’s opening in March the following year.

Piasecki (Vertol) V-44A

Serial Location
50001  Bihoro Aviation Park, Bihoro, Abashiri District, Hokkaido Prefecture
50002

 On indoor display at Tokorozawa Aviation Museum,
 Saitama Prefecture (May 2013)

 Last updated: Oct. 29, 2013

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Having had a service career that ran from July 1959 to February 1970, V-44A 50002 ended up becoming one of the original exhibits at Tokorozawa in April 1993. The same aircraft was present when Kisarazu Army Camp opened its doors to the public in October 1979.
(Photo below courtesy Kenju Ohmoto)

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Sikorsky H-19C

Serial Location
40001  On indoor display at Tokorozawa Aviation Museum,
 Saitama Prefecture (May 2013)
40012  Derelict at Kawaguchiko Motor Museum, Yamanashi Prefecture
 (See Aug. 29, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
 Last updated: Nov. 3, 2014

jgsdfh-19The Sikorsky H-19C on display at Tokorozawa was handed over to the JGSDF on the day the
service was formed, July 1, 1954.

(All photographs on this website are copyright J-HangarSpace 
unless otherwise stated.) 

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Displayed Aircraft Special Report 1
KV-107II, Crossland Oyabe Park, Toyama Prefecture

To mark the 60th anniversary of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces, J-HangarSpace is conducting a census of retired SDF aircraft.

As part of its inquiries into JGSDF aircraft that have passed into civilian hands, in February 2014 J-HangarSpace contacted the city hall in Oyabe, Toyama Prefecture, from where Crossland Oyabe Park is administered. The approach resulted in the supply of information on and the kind donation of photos of the former JGSDF Kawasaki-Vertol KV-107IIA-4 on long-term display there.

Having acquired a manufacturing licence in 1962, on January 31, 1966, Kawasaki handed over the first of 60 KV-107IIs in three variants that were to see service with the JGSDF. The aircraft on display at Crossland Oyabe (51818) was both the last to be delivered and, in March 2002, the last to be retired.

After amassing 5,500 flight hours in a six-unit service career, the aircraft was stored at the Kanto Region Supply Base at Tsuchiura Army Camp, Ibaraki Prefecture, from where it was transported by road to its current location in late July 2004. A nine-man team from JGSDF Yao was in charge of its reassembly.

kv-107 oyabe1Seen here circa 2012, Crossland Oyabe’s KV-107II is parked at the base of an
imposing observation tower.
(Photo: CROSSLAND OYABE)

A spokesman from Oyabe City Hall informed J-HangarSpace that the aircraft is, strictly speaking, on loan from the JGSDF. This often seems to be the case with ex-JGSDF aircraft on display in public places or used as instructional airframes, for example at flight training academies.

The helicopter offers an added attraction at Crossland Oyabe, which features an observation tower (above) and a huge expanse of grass. Located within the park, the Da Vinci Techno Museum has placed on display one of the helicopter’s two CT58-IHI-140-1 engines. The spokesman also mentioned that the helicopter’s interior is open for viewing by visitors from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on wind and rain-free Sundays and National Holidays, but only from April to early November. A shot looking down on the aircraft is possible from the tower’s panoramic observation deck.

The panoramic deck would also be an excellent vantage point from which to view the annual helicopter festival. Usually held on the last weekend in August*, the flying display involves helicopters operated by the JGSDF, rescue services, and civil operators.

(*) The 2014 Crossland Oyabe Helicopter and Fire/Crime Prevention Festival is scheduled for August 23 and 24.

Please visit http://www.city.oyabe.toyama.jp/cross/ (Japanese only) for more details about the park and its facilities.

kv-107 oyabe2Despite its age and being open to the elements, the Crossland Oyabe KV-107II remains in
good condition.
(Photo: CROSSLAND OYABE)

The Crossland Oyabe aircraft was thus at the start of its static display career when photographed by J-HangarSpace on a visit to Kasumigaura Army Camp, Ibaraki Prefecture, way back in April 2002 (below).

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jgsdf kv-107 detailIn 2002, as now, a special marking on the side of the aircraft depicted all the JGSDF units
that had operated the KV-107II.

jgsdf kv-107 cockpitToday, visitors to Crossland Oyabe are granted limited access to the KV-107II’s cockpit on afternoons from April to November.

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(Above and below) One of 51818′s two CT58-IHI-140-1 turboshaft engines was removed and placed on display in the lobby of the Da Vinci Techno Museum within Crossland Oyabe park.
(Photos: CROSSLAND OYABE)

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Displayed Aircraft Special Report 2
Fuji-Bell UH-1H, Herb World Akita, Yurihonjo, Akita Prefecture

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(Above and below) When they added popular cartoon characters to the resident UH-1H, Herb World Akita employees obliterated the national and unit markings but carefully painted around the
serial numbers on the cockpit doors.
(All photos: Herb World Akita)

Herb World Akita UH-1H nose

In the process of searching for information on SDF aircraft that have somehow passed into civilian hands, J-HangarSpace also found references to a cartoon-covered ex-JGSDF Fuji-Bell UH-1H parked among some grape vines in Akita Prefecture.

The aircraft actually graces Herb World Akita, a shop, craft market, and garden complex in Yurihonjo, a city in Akita Prefecture.
(http://www.herbworld-akita.com/index.html [Japanese only])

In recent years, there has been a trend for Japanese towns to merge to gain city status. Up until March 21, 2005, Herb World Akita was located in Nishime, a town of around 6,500 people in Yuri District. The following day, Nishime officially joined four other towns in that part of Akita’s coastal area to form the city of Yurihonjo.

It was during the Nishime town period, more than 10 years ago, that the word got around that a local JGSDF unit was advertising the loan of a retired helicopter for display purposes.

Herb World Akita 2The aircraft is locked by the JGSDF prior to Herb World Akita closing for the winter on
the first Monday in November.

Another trend having been for localities to adopt measures to boost tourism, Nishime looked into the possibilities and agreed upon the current site for the helicopter. The thinking was that the rarity value of a play area with a real helicopter would provide a unique selling point. The Herb World Akita facilities are closed from the first Monday in November until the National Holiday that marks the vernal equinox in March. Nevertheless, it was hoped that aircraft would offer an added attraction for the many tourists who flock to the area in the peak spring and autumn seasons. A famous local landmark, Mt. Chokai is visible to the south.

When first installed, the aircraft was still sporting its standard drab green camouflage scheme. To make the helicopter more appealing to children, and for them to derive more enjoyment from its presence, Herb World Akita employees were later allowed to paint popular Pokemon and Doraemon cartoon characters on the aircraft.

Herb World Akita 3
(Above and below) From heard about on the grapevine to parked amid grape vines. Few would have imagined 41620’s fate when the aircraft entered service in 1975. For some years, the aircraft was operated from Kasuminome, Miyagi Prefecture.

Herb World Akita UH-1H tail

Herb World Akita 4Under the terms of the helicopter’s management contract, JGSDF personnel come to carry out a maintenance check once a year.

Herb World Akita UH-1H cockpitAlthough there are blanks where some of the cockpit instruments once were, Herb World Akita’s UH-1H does provide some general details. The red panel in front of the left-hand pilot’s seat shows operating limits.

Herb World Akita UH-1H in springThe aircraft awaits Herb World Akita’s first visitors of 2014. 

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Notices

Announcements

JASDF
2017 Airshow Dates
Mar. 5  Komaki
Apr. 2  Kumagaya

JASDF Hofu-Kita

May 21  Hofu-Kita
May 21  Shizuhama

Miho poster 2017

May 28  Miho
July 23  Chitose
Aug. 27  Matsushima
Sept. 10  Misawa
Sept.*  Komatsu
Oct. 15  Hamamatsu
Oct. 29  Hyakuri
  (SDF Review)
Nov. 3  Iruma
Nov. 19  Gifu
Nov. 25  Kasuga
Nov. 26  Tsuiki
Dec. 3  Nyutabaru
Dec. 9-10  Naha

2018 Airshow Dates
Feb. 18  Ashiya
Mar. 3  Komaki
Nov. 3  Iruma
Nov. *  Hyakuri

JGSDF
2017 Airshow Dates

Kisarazu 170225

Feb. 25  Kisarazu

Metabaru 2017

Apr. 1  Metabaru
(Cherry Blossom
    Festival on Apr. 2)

Somagahara 170408

Apr. 8  Somagahara
Apr. 9  Takayubaru

Apr. 16  Kasuminome
   (60th anniversary)

Utsunomiya 170416

Apr. 16  Utsunomiya
   (67th anniversary
   with parade/flypast)
May 21  Kasumigaura
   (64th anniversary)
May 28
    Kita-Utsunomiya
   (44th anniversary)
June 25  Okadama
Sept. 2  Obihiro

Kisarazu poster 2017

Sept. 10  Kisarazu
Oct. 15  Yao
Nov. 4  Akeno
Nov. 19  Naha
Nov. 23  Tachikawa

2018 Airshow Dates
Jan. 7  Kisarazu
Jan. 14  Narashino 

JMSDF
2017 Airshow Dates
Apr. 29  NAF Atsugi
Apr. 30  Kanoya
May 5  Iwakuni
(joint Friendship Day)
May 21  Omura
June 10  Ohminato
July 16 Komatsushima

Ozuki event July 2017

July 23  Ozuki
  (Children’s event)
July 29  Maizuru
July 29  Tateyama
Sept. 24  Hachinohe
Sept.*  Shimofusa
Sept.*  Tokushima
Oct.*  Ozuki
  (“Swell Festival”)

(*) Date to be confirmed

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

Ozuki poster 2016

Ozuki 2016 poster

Links

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

Asian Air Arms

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Visitors to Feb. 2016

Past visitors