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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As far as is possible, this section will provide the latest information on the whereabouts of surviving examples of withdrawn JASDF aircraft, which can be found in places far removed from the cosseted shelter of aviation museums.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.

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 is set to undergo some radical
changes in 2021. See the January 2021 Bulletin Board story for details.

(Photo [Tsuiki, Oct. 2012]: Takao Kadokami)

gifubasecollection
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
).

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 JASDF Air Park, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
03-3095 Naha AB, Okinawa (current)
Last updated: Nov. 20, 2020

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

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

Beechcraft T-34A Mentor

Serial Location
41-0297

National Defense Academy, Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, as 防大-0781
(Photos from Nov. 2009 [link] and Nov. 2017 [link] and from 2008 to
Nov. 2019 [link], see also 51-0372)

51-0309 On “stilts” minus its wheels at Hofu Kita AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture (June 2018)
(Photo from May 2017 [link])
51-0331 Nara AB, Nara Prefecture (June 2019 [link])
51-0337 Aviation Museum, Hijiri Village Museum 5889-1 Hijiri, Omi Village, Higashichikuma District, Nagano Prefecture 399-7701 (June 2018 [link])
51-0372

National Defense Academy, Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, as 防大-0782
(Believed still current, photos from Nov. 2009 [link] and Nov. 2017 [link],
see also 41-0297)

51-0379 In dilapidated state outside Minamihara Community Centre, Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture (July 2012 [link] [link])
51-0382 Suspended from ceiling in exhibition hangar at JASDF Air Park,
Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture (current)
51-0384 On roof of Myouganji Kindergarten, 4-8-2 Nakama, Nakama,
Fukuoka Prefecture (Nov. 2017 [link], Oct. 2015 [link])
61-0389 Uwatoko Park, Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture (Aug. 2019 [link])
61-0390 Stored at Shizuhama AB, Shizuoka Prefecture for airshow display purposes
(May 2019 [link])
61-0391 On plinths as gate guard at Hofu Minami AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture
(May 2017 [link])
61-0402 Komatsu AB, Ishikawa Prefecture (Sept. 2018)
61-0406 Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture (Nov. 2019 [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 (current)
71-0420 Reportedly used as instructional airframe in Miyazaki Universal College,
Miyazaki Prefecture (to be confirmed)
71-0428 Mounted on pole on forecourt of car dealership Nagano Motors
1414-1 Tonzawa, Aoi Ward, Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture
(May 2020 [link])
71-0430 Outside nursery school at 1140 Shirasu, Hakushu-cho, Hokuto,
Yamanashi Prefecture (May 2018 [link])
71-0432 On plinths in Hibarino Park, Gonohe, Sannohe District, Aomori Prefecture
(Mar. 2018 [link])
71-0435 (Nose section only) Onrakukan, Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture (April 2017)
(Aug. 2008 [link])
Last updated: Dec. 10, 2020

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

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.

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

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

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
.

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
61-1127 Kawaguchiko Motor Museum, Fujizakura Highland, Narusawa,
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture 
(Photo from Aug. 2016 [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 (Current, photo from July 2020 [link])
91-1138 JASDF Air Park, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture (current)
91-1139 Miho AB, Tottori Prefecture (July 2017) (link)
91-1141 Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture (Nov. 2019 [link])
91-1143 (EC-46D) Tokorozawa Aviation Museum, Saitama Prefecture (current)
(See dedicated museum page [link])
91-1144 (Nose section and other 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 (photo from Aug. 2019 [link])
Last updated: Dec. 10, 2020

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)

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, and
was still present at Gifu AB in November 2019
(link).

(Photos at Gifu AB: [Top, Mar. 1980] Takao Kadokami; [above, Oct. 2000] J-HangarSpace)

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

Arjun Sarup C-46

de Havilland Vampire T.55

Serial Location
63-5571 (Formerly G-5-14) Inside exhibition hangar at JASDF Air Park,
Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
Last updated: Dec. 10, 2020

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

Fuji T-1A/B*

Serial Location
85-5801 Stored at Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum, Gifu Prefecture
85-5802 (T-1A) Previously displayed at Inariyama Park, Sayama, Saitama Prefecture
(near Iruma AB). Nose section passed to private ownership (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
05-5812 (T-1A) Gate guard at Ashiya AB, Fukuoka Prefecture (Oct. 2020)
15-5816 (T-1A) Hofu Kita AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture (June 2019 [link])
15-5825 (T-1A) Inside exhibition hangar at JASDF Air Park, Hamamatsu AB,
Shizuoka Prefecture
25-5841 (T-1A) Fuji Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., Utsunomiya Plant, Tochigi Prefecture

(Aug. 2008 [link])

25-5852 (Nose section only, with ’855) Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Café), Irino 4702-16, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture (Sept. 2020 [link])
25-5853 On display at visitor centre inside Subaru Yajima Plant, Ota, Gunma Prefecture
(Sept. 2017, photo taken at night [link])
25-5855 (Nose section only, with ’852) Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Café), Irino 4702-16, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture (Oct. 2020 [link])
25-5856 On indoor display, but occasionally placed in separate storage hangar, at
Tokorozawa Aviation Museum, Saitama Prefecture
(See dedicated museum page [link])
25-5857 (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
35-5860 Miho AB, Tottori Prefecture (photo from 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 (photo from June 2016 [link])
Still carries special marking worn during last days at Hamamatsu (April 2007 [link])

35-5866 Komaki AB, Aichi Prefecture
35-5867 On plinths in non-public area at JASDF No. 1 Supply Depot, Kisarazu AB, Chiba Prefecture (July 2020, Oct. 2008 photo [link])
35-5870 Saitama Subaru Sakitama Garden, 1626 Sama, Gyoda City,
Saitama Prefecture 361-0032 (Current, see feature on Aviation Museums page)
(*) T-1B unless otherwise stated
Last updated: Dec. 10, 2020

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

(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.

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

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

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

Fuji T-3

Serial Location
81-5501 Stored at Shizuhama AB, Shizuoka Prefecture for display purposes
(Photo from May 2019 [link])
81-5502 Chiran Peace Museum, 17881 Kori, Chiran, Minamikyushu,
Kagoshima Prefecture (Oct. 2020 [link])
81-5506 Hofu Kita AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture (current, photo from June 2019 [link])
81-5507 In secluded wartime blister hangar, Komaki AB, Aichi Prefecture
(Photo from Feb. 2014 [link])
91-5511 Shizuhama AB, Shizuoka Prefecture (photo from May 2019 [link])
91-5514 Mounted on raised structure at plastic model manufacturer Hasegawa Corporation
3-1-2 Yagusu, Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture
(Current Aug. 2020, photo from Apr. 2018 [link])
91-5515 Hanyu Skysports Park, 1175 Tsunegi, Hanyu, Saitama Prefecture
(Photo from Feb. 2019 [link])
91-5516 Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Misawa, Aomori Prefecture
99-5517 Indoor exhibit at JASDF Air Park, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
01-5529 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])
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 (photo from Sept. 2020 [link])
11-5539 JASDF Omaezaki Sub-Base, Shizuoka Prefecture
11-5540 Instructional airframe at Kanazawa Institute of Technology, 7-1 Ogigaoka,
Nonoichi, Ishikawa Prefecture 921-8501 (photo from Oct. 2020 [link])
11-5543 Miho AB, Tottori Prefecture (photo from Apr. 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: Dec. 11, 2020

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)

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

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

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

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

jaawt-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. 
(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.

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
(link).

(Photos: JASDF Omaezaki Sub-Base)

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

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

* 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: Dec. 11, 2020

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

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, planned for display at revamped Air Park in 2021)
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: Dec. 11, 2020

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

Lockheed F-104J Starfighter

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

(Photo from Oct. 2008 [link])

36-8535 Matsushima AB, Miyagi Prefecture
(Photo from July 2018 [link]; plus see 46-8656)
36-8536 (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 
36-8537 Hofu Kita AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture  (photo from 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
(Photo from Oct. 2016 [link])
36-8540 Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture (photo from Nov. 2019 [link])
36-8546 Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
(See Displayed Aircraft Special Report 1B below)
(36-8550) (Removed early 2018 from JASDF Nemuro Sub-Base, Nemuro,
Hokkaido Prefecture)
(36-8551) (Removed around 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 around 2018 from JASDF Tachikawa Sub-Base, Tokyo)
46-8560 Japan Aviation Academy High School, Yamanashi Campus, Kai,
Yamanashi Prefecture (current, photo taken in Oct. 2016 [link])
46-8567 Instructional airframe inside hangar at Department of Aerospace Engineering,
Nippon Bunri University (NBU), Oita, Oita Prefecture
(Photo from Oct. 2015 [link])     

46-8568 Kotobuki Park, Nakatonbetsu, Hokkaido Prefecture
(Photo from Aug. 2013 [link])
46-8571

(Nose and part of fuselage only, with 76-8697) Daikeiken amusement park,
Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture (photo from August 2020 [link])

46-8573 Kanai Sports Park, Kanaishinbo, Sado, Niigata Prefecture
(Photo from 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,
Tokyo
46-8594 On roof of private home in Minobu Town, Minamikoma District,Yamanashi
Prefecture (See Displayed Aircraft Special Report 1C below)
46-8602 Miho AB, Tottori Prefecture (photo from Apr. 2019 [link]) 
46-8603 Kasuga AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
46-8604 (Forward fuselage only, with ’617) At Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Cafe), Irino 4702-16,
Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture (photo from Sept. 2020 [link])     
(46-8607) (Aircraft removed and imposing elevated structure (link) dismantled at
Fukui University of Technology, Fukui, Fukui Prefecture 2017–18)
46-8608 Aviation Museum, Hijiri Village Museum
5889-1 Hijiri, Omi Village, Higashichikuma District, Nagano Prefecture
(Current, photo from June 2018 [link])       
46-8609

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

46-8617 (Forward fuselage only, with ’604) At Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Cafe), Irino 4702-16,
Hamamatsu,
Shizuoka Prefecture. Carries spurious serial “517”
46-8622 JASDF Ominato Sub-Base (photo from Oct. 2015 [link])
46-8630 Mounted on pole in Yuhien (literally “Soar Upwards Park”) inside Hyakuri AB, Ibaraki Prefecture
46-8631

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

46-8636 On plinths at Hofu-Minami AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture
(Photo from May 2017 [link])
46-8646 Komatsu AB, Ishikawa Prefecture (photo from Sept. 2019 [link])
56-8653 Nara AB, Nara Prefecture (photos from June 2019 [link] [link])
46-8656 Nyutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture with spurious serial “36-8535”
(See Displayed Aircraft Special Report 1A below)
56-8662 Fuchu AB, Tokyo
56-8663 Ashiya AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
56-8666 In front of Shubudai Memorial Hall aviation history museum, Iruma AB,
Saitama Prefecture
56-8672 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagoya Aerospace Systems, Komaki South Plant,
Aichi Prefecture (See Feb. 22, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
(Photo from July 2016 [link]. Adjacent former archives building planned
for demolition so may be moved, at least temporarily)

76-8686 Stored at Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture, displayed on airshow days
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 (with tail from 76-8683)
(Photo from Dec. 2019 [link])      
76-8689 Stored for airshow static display purposes at Chitose AB, Hokkaido Prefecture
(Photo from Aug. 2019 [link])
76-8693 Inside exhibition hangar at JASDF Air Park, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture
(Photo from Oct. 2020 [link])       
76-8697

(Nose and part of fuselage only, with 46-8571) Daikeiken amusement park,
Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture (Photos from Aug. 2020 [link], Sept. 2019 [link])

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
(Photo from Nov. 2020 [link])
76-8704 Kumagaya AB, Saitama Prefecture (See Location Report 5)
(Photos from Apr. 2016 [link] and Apr. 2017 [link])
76-8705 Old Car Center, Naraha KUDAN, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture
(Photo from Sept. 2020 [link])
76-8706 Mounted on roof of plastic model manufacturer Hasegawa Corporation
3-1-2 Yagusu, Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture
(Photo from Apr. 2018 [link])      
76-8710 Nakanippon Aviation College, Seki, Gifu Prefecture
Last updated: Dec. 12, 2020

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

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).

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 has been put out to grass close to Iruma AB’s Shubudai Memorial Hall, which is visible in the left background.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Photo: Takao Kadokami)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Photos: Takao Kadokami)

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


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

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

Displayed Aircraft Special Report 1B
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)

Displayed Aircraft Special Report 1C
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 centerpiece 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 serves 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).

Starfighter Survivors in Taiwan

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

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

F-104Js Preserved in Taiwan

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

Sanyuan 1st St., Dashi Jen, Taoyuan

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

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

Lockheed F-104DJ Starfighter

Serial Location
26-5001 Intact at Old Car Center KUDAN, Naraha, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture
 (with ’005). (Photo from Sept. 2020 [link])
26-5005 As 26-5001, but in dismantled state (photo from Sept. 2020 [link])
26-5007 On the roof above entrance to Kawaguchiko Motor Museum, Fujizakura
Highland, Narusawa,
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0320
(See Aug. 29, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
(Photo from Aug. 2016 [link])
46-5008 Shirokawa Athletic Park, 30-2 Doi, Shirokawa-cho, Seiyo City,
Ehime Prefecture 797-1701
(Series of photos from 2003 to 2015 [link])

36-5011
(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: Dec. 13, 2020

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 of that year; ‘001 joined from Iruma the following year.  

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.

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; 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 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)

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

Serial Location
51-5609 Kumagaya AB, Saitama Prefecture (See Location Report 5)
(Photo from Apr. 2017 [link])
51-5610 Ashiya AB, Fukuoka Prefecture (photo from Oct. 2019 [link])
51-5620 In front of Shubudai Memorial Hall aviation history museum,
Iruma AB, Saitama Prefecture (photo from Aug. 2019 [link])
51-5623 At Kissa Hikojo (Airfield Café), Irino 4702-16, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture
(Photo from Oct. 2020 [link])       
51-5627 Tsuiki AB, Fukuoka Prefecture (photo from Dec. 2017 [link])
51-5629 In Yuhien (literally “Soar Upwards Park”) inside Hyakuri AB, Ibaraki Prefecture
(Photo from Mar. 2020 [link])
51-5632 Hofu Kita AB, Yamaguchi Prefecture (photo from June 2019 [link])
51-5637 Sozaburonuma Park, Mitane, Yamamoto District, Akita Prefecture
(Photo from Apr. 2019 [link])
51-5639 Kawaguchiko Motor Museum, Fujizakura Highland, Narusawa,
Minamitsuru District, Yamanashi Prefecture
(See Aug. 29, 2014, report on Aviation Museums page)
51-5644 Kasuga AB, Fukuoka Prefecture
51-5645 Next to main gate at Komaki AB, Aichi Prefecture
(Photo from 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 (photo from Apr. 2019 [link])
51-5663 Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture (photo from Nov. 2019 [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
(P
hoto from Apr. 2018 on dedicated museum page [link])
61-5228 Japan Aviation Academy Network (JANET) Corporation, Yamanashi Campus,
Kai, Yamanashi Prefecture (photo from Oct. 2016 [link])
61-5229 Green Palace (B&G Foundation) park and sports centre, Yunomae, Kuma District, Kumamoto Prefecture (to be confirmed, present in April 2016 [link])
71-5239 Inside JASDF Air Park exhibition hangar, Hamamatsu AB, Shizuoka Prefecture

(Photo from Oct. 2020 [link])

71-5242

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

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

71-5244 Okuchi Sports Center, Okuchitorisu, Isa, Kagoshima Prefecture
71-5250 On “stilts” at Akadomari Coastal Sports Park, 2458 Akadomari, Akadomarimura,
Sado District, Niigata Prefecture (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
(Photo from Oct. 2019 [link])
71-5279 On plinths at Yoshii Sports Island, 1166 Yoshiimachi Chitose, Ukiha,
Fukuoka Prefecture (See Displayed Aircraft Special Report 2 below)
71-5293 On “stilts” at Retro Tachiarai Station, Chikuzen, Fukuoka Prefecture
(prior to Dec. 2008, location housed the Tachiarai Peace Museum)
(Current, photo from Feb. 2019 [link])
71-5296 (Forward fuselage only) Privately owned, Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture (May 2018)
71-5305 Old Car Center KUDAN, Naraha, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture
(Photo from Sept. 2020 [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

(To be confirmed, present in Feb. 2018 [link])

71-5321

On indoor display at Ishikawa Aviation Plaza, Komatsu Airport, Ishikawa Prefecture
(Photo from Oct. 2016 [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 (photo from Dec. 2019 [link])
81-5335 W2Design, Hinode, Nishi-Tama, Tokyo ([link])
(Displayed as skeleton fuselage at Aerospace Exhibition Tokyo, Oct. 2013)
81-5340 Mounted on plinths in clearing at Meda Forest Park, Izumo,
Shimane Prefecture (photo from Aug. 2019 [link])
81-5344 Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Misawa, Aomori Prefecture
(Photo from Nov. 2020 [link])
81-5345 (Nose section only) Military Shop Ordnance, Nago, Okinawa Prefecture
81-5348 Nara AB, Nara Prefecture (photo from June 2014 [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)
81-5350

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

81-5351 JASDF Yakumo sub-base, Yamakoshi District, Hokkaido Prefecture
(Photo from Sept. 2019 [link])
(81-5358) (See 91-5403)
81-5362 Next to Hyugashintomi Station (JR Hyuga Line), Shintomi, Miyazaki Prefecture (Close to Nyutabaru AB; photo from July 2017 [link])
81-5364 At one time mounted on pole, in field as part of a small collection in Minobu
Town, Minamikoma District, Yamanashi Prefecture
(appeared on Japanese TV programme, April 2016)
81-5375 (Fuselage only) Privately owned, in front of house in Minami Ward, Yokohama,
Kanagawa Prefecture, since at least 2010
81-5379 Komatsu AB, Ishikawa Prefecture (photo from Sept. 2019 [link])
81-5387 Bihoro Aviation Park, Bihoro, Abashiri District, Hokkaido Prefecture
(Photo from Apr. 2019 [link])
91-5403 (Bears spurious serial 81-5358) In front of Du Bussan Museum of Metase/Metase no Mori, 765 Yuminoshi, Chikujo, Chikujo District, Fukuoka Prefecture 829-0107 (Detailed photos from April 2013 at [link])
91-5410 Nyutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture (See Displayed Aircraft Special Report 3 below)
Last updated: Dec. 14, 2020

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

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.

(Iruma, Sept. 2012)

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

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

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

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

(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
Du Bussan Museum of Metase and adjoining Metase no Mori (Metasequioa Grove) farrmers’ 
market store in the town of Chikujo, Fukuoka Prefecture. Operated from Tsuiki until 1992, the
aircraft had previously been displayed at Soeda Park in the prefecture’s Tagawa District.

(Photo [Mar. 2020] via Twitter @ mokomoko58)

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

Tachiarai T-33A

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

Tachiarai T-33A (2)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(November 2000)

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

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

McDonnell-Douglas F-4EJKai Phantom II

Serial Location
17-8302  In Yuhien (literally “Soar Upwards Park”) inside Hyakuri AB,
 Ibaraki Prefecture (Dec. 2019)
37-8315  Hyakuri AB, Ibaraki Prefecture (301st Sqn special markings [yellow])*
37-8319  On plinths at Aviation Plaza, Airport Park, Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture
37-8321  Naha AB, Okinawa Prefecture (photo from Dec. 2019 [link])
47-8345  Chitose AB, Hokkaido Prefecture (photo from Aug. 2019 [link])
57-8360  Nyutabaru AB, Miyazaki Prefecture
57-8375  Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Misawa, Aomori Prefecture
77-8399  Hyakuri AB, Ibaraki Prefecture (302nd Sqn special markings [black])
 (Still present, photo from Dec. 2020 [link])
87-8404  Placed on display at Komatsu AB main gate Oct. 9, 2020
 Was last with 302nd Sqn, but has 303rd (left) and 306th markings
87-8409  (F-4EJ) Gifu AB, Gifu Prefecture
(87-8415) (On June 17, 2020, flown to Tsuiki [link], from where made final flight on June 25.
 Thus expected to be prepared for display on or near base)
(97-8421)  (See 97-8427, below)
(97-8427)  Along with that from 97-8421, nose section installed at Hyper Douraku (“Hyper
 Hobby Activities”) Survival Game Paradise (link) under construction in Sammu,
 Chiba Prefecture, due to open April 2021
07-8428  Hyakuri AB, Ibaraki Prefecture (302nd Sqn special markings [white])
 (Still present, photo from Dec. 2020 [link])
17-8436  Hyakuri AB, Ibaraki Prefecture (301st Sqn special markings [blue])*
(17-8439)  (Flown to Miho on last flight Sept. 8, 2020 [link], to be prepared for display next to
 C-1 and YS-11P)*
(17-8440)

 (Flown to Hamamatsu on last flight Dec. 1, 2020, being prepared for Air Park display)*

* Other former 301st Sqn aircraft awaiting their fate at Hyakuri AB in Dec. 2020:
        57-8355/367, 67-8378, 77-8395, 97-8416, 07-8434/437
Tailfins from 57-8373 and 97-8418 used for 302nd Sqn and 305th Sqn monuments, respectively, at Hyakuri, that from 27-8305 at Nyutabaru (301st Sqn).
Last updated: Dec. 14, 2020

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

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

thumbnail_IMG_0250(Photo [December 2019]: Warren Hardcastle)

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

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

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

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 a display exhibit at the base’s Air Park collection. 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 destined to 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 April 2021 the two aircraft will be providing cover for “troops” engaged in ground-level mock combat akin to paintballing.

Four decades ago, 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) Hyakuri
47-6903* (RF-4EKai) Hyakuri
47-6905 (RF-4EKai) Hyakuri
57-6376 (RF-4EJ)  (Nose section only, photo from Sept. 2020 [link]) Old Car Center, Naraha,
 Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture
57-6906 (RF-4EKai) In Yuhien (literally “Soar Upwards Park”) inside Hyakuri AB,
 Ibaraki Prefecture (Dec. 2019)
57-6907* (RF-4EKai) Hyakuri
57-6909* (RF-4EKai) Hyakuri
57-6912 (RF-4EKai) Hyakuri
57-6913 (RF-4EKai) Hyakuri
57-6914 (RF-4EKai) Hyakuri
47-6335 (RF-4EJKai) Noted on flight line at Hyakuri Aug. 2020 [link])
67-6380* (RF-4EJKai) Hyakuri
77-6392 (RF-4EJKai) Hyakuri
77-6397 (RF-4EJKai) Hyakuri
87-6412 (RF-4EJ) On plinths at Aviation Plaza, Airport Park, Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture
(Night photo from Dec. 2018 [link])
07-6433* (RF-4EJKai) Hyakuri

(*) Denotes one of the six aircraft that flew for the last time on Mar. 9, 2020

 Tailfin from 47-6902 forms 501st Sqn monument at Hyakuri.

Last updated: Sept. 18, 2020

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

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

Fixed-Wing Types continued in Part 2

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Notices

Announcements

JASDF
Airshows in 2021
Nov. 3  Iruma

Airshows in 2020
All cancelled

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

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JGSDF
Airshows in 2021
TBA

Airshows in 2020
With exception of
Akeno (only limited
access), all cancelled

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

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Tachikawa

JMSDF
Airshows in 2021
TBA

Airshows in 2020
All cancelled

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

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(*) Date to be confirmed

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

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