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Preserved NAMC YS-11 Aircraft in Japan

by Matt Falcus
Preserved YS-11

By 航空自衛隊 [GJSTUv1], via Wikimedia Commons

The NAMC YS-11 was a turboprop airliner developed in Japan by the Nihon Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation.

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


Preserved YS-11

By onaonan (onaonan’s file) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

JA8610 in Haneda Airport T101 Hangar. By Photaro (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons



JASDF Retirements

JASDF will be retiring its NAMC YS-11 aircraft in the near future.

52-1152 NAMC YS-11 Japan Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) at the Aichi Air Museum Nagoya Komaki Airport Japan

52-1152 is preserved at the new Aichi Aviation Museum at Nagoya Komaki.



To find out where all the other NAMC YS-11s, and hundreds more airliners, are preserved around Asia and Australasia, grab a copy of our book Preserved Airliners of Asia & Australasia, out now!




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Tim November 29, 2017 - 4:43 pm

Just in case you didn’t know there is one at Grissom Air Museum.


Matt Falcus November 29, 2017 - 5:05 pm

Thanks Tim!

Charles December 4, 2017 - 2:16 am

There is one also in Davao International Airport.

Matt Falcus December 4, 2017 - 4:41 pm

Thanks Charles!

James Shine May 14, 2018 - 1:10 pm

JA 8732 @ Koku-Koen Subway Station in Tokyo suburb/City of Tokorozawa has an added bonus as most plane entheusiasts who have reached here are heading for the nearby Tokorozawa Air Museum. This is in The Tokorozawa Aviation Park which is on the site of the first airfield established in Japan in 1911 & subsequent Tokyo’s 1st airport & in heavy use by military in WW2. What’s left is a very small part of the original airport area now surrounded by high rise buildings.

The YS-11 is on a high bank next to the East exit of the Koku-Koen station on the Seibu Shinjuku line. About 45 mins from central Tokyo. Turn right by the YS-11 & head down a path that leads to the Park & Museum c 6-7 mins walk away. You’ll notice first a Curtiss EC-46A ex JASDF outside. The Museum has c 25 aircraft plus replica’s.

One Tip for visitors to Tokyo is to get a subway guidebook called “The Little Tokyo Subway Guide” it covers all 16 lines plus Tokyo Monorail (runs to HND) in Tokyo & Yokohama. With maps of all lines & statikn names in English & Japanese script. My copy covered all the ticketing issues by the then c 4-5 different ticket systems, since slimmed down I believe. My edition must have been updated by now but hunt for ISBN 978-4-89684-457-3 ( =2007 edition). Try e.g. Stanfords Travel Bookshop / Foyles / Hatchards in central London for a later edition.

Matt Falcus May 14, 2018 - 4:00 pm

Awesome, thanks James!

Takeshi Itagaki June 2, 2019 - 6:01 am

JASDF YS-11 02-1158 is displayed on Miho AB in Japan.

Shinsuke Yamamoto September 5, 2019 - 11:34 am

JA8809(at Aomori) and JA8712 (at Kumamoto) had scrapped.

Nagoya Komaki Airport Spotting Guide - Airport Spotting Blog February 20, 2020 - 6:35 pm

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