It first flew in 1962 and remained in service with airlines in the Philippines until the late 2000s. The final active examples are flying for the Japan Air Self Defence Force’s Tactical Airlift Squadron.
Only 182 aircraft were built, but it was quite liked among pilots and passengers.
In Japan, airlines such as ANA All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Japan Domestic Airways, Japan TransOcean Air and Japan Air System all flew the type on domestic services.
Where to see NAMC YS-11s in Japan today
With the type now retired, it’s still possible to see a number of preserved examples of the YS-11 around Japan. Here are the known aircraft and their locations, along with an interactive map to find them all.
- JA8777 Japanese Aviation Avademy (Wajima School), Noto Airport
- JA8781 Japanese Aviation Avademy (Wajima School), Noto Airport
- JA8701 Yonago Air Base, Miho, Japanese Coast Guard
- JA8731 Aerospace Museum, Kakamigahara, All Nippon Airways
- JA8733 Saga Airport, All Nippon Airways
- JA8732 Koku Koen Station, Tokorozawa, All Nippon Airways
- JA8809 Michinoku Traditional Wooden Boat Museum, Aomori, Japan Air Commuter
- JA8734 Tajima Airport, All Nippon Airways
- JA8743 Takamatsu Airport, All Nippon Airways
- JA8611 Museum of Aeronautical Science, Tokyo Narita, All Nippon Airways
- JA8610 Tokyo Haneda Airport, Civil Aviation Bureau (not on display)
- JA8776 Aviation and Science Museum, Misawa, Japan Air Commuter
- JA8712 Kumamoto Airport, Sojyou University
- JA8805 Japanese Aviation Academy (Wajima School) Noto Airport
JASDF will be retiring its NAMC YS-11 aircraft in the near future.
52-1152 is preserved at the new Aichi Aviation Museum at Nagoya Komaki.
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