Two versions of the successful Mitsubishi MU-2 twin-turboprop light transport entered JASDF service: the MU-2S search and rescue model (factory designation MU-2E)
and the navaids calibration MU-2J. A total of 29 MU-2Ss (#201-229) were delivered to JASDF between 1967 and 1987 to replace the aging T-34A in search & rescue role.
All of the MU-2Ss had been operated by the Air Rescue Wing and the last surviving MU-2S retired from service in October 2008. Raytheon U-125A gradually took over the
SAR role of the MU-2S from 1995. Color scheme of the MU-2S was a high-visibility yellow and white scheme overall.
A total of four MU-2Js (#271-#274) had been delivered to the JASDF between 1975 and 1979 and they all had been operated from Iruma within the Flight Check Group.
Raytheon U-125 (BAe125-800) navaids calibration aircraft was replaced with the MU-2J during 1993-1994 and the last surviving MU-2J retired from service in 1995.
Color-scheme of the MU-2J was high-visibility red and white overall.
(above three photos)
Top photo shows a MU-2S #202 of Air Rescue Wing Det.Matsushima photographed at Matsushima in April 1975. I took the middle photo (#221) at Tsuiki airshow in November 1983.
The bottom photo was taken at Misawa airshow in June 1989. Please note a long blade antenna added above the cockpit and a rectangular-shaped antenna added on the fin.
The Air Rescue Wing badge was carried on the fin together with the base name "CHITOSE" in small black letters immediately below the badge.
(above two photos)
Top photo shows a MU-2J #274 displayed on the static line at Iruma airshow in November 1982. The bottom photo shows a MU-2J #272 taxing at Hyakuri for another mission
in November 1984.
Grumman E-2C Hawkeye
The JASDF received a total of 13 E-2Cs between 1983 and 1994. They all were built by Grumman and imported to Japan. All of the first four E-2Cs were initially operated by the
Air Proving Wing for operational testing. The first E-2C unit, Provisional Airborne Early Warning Group, was formed at Misawa on 15NOV83 with four E-2Cs.
The unit was re-named as "Airborne Early Warning Group" on 05APR86, and the 601st Squadron was newly formed with E-2Cs under the AEW Group at the same time.
The 601st was again re-named as "Airborn Early Warning Squadron" on 31MAR05. All of the E-2Cs are currently operated by the AEW.Sqdn. at Misawa.
Color scheme is light grey on upper surfaces and white undersides.
A photo at left shows the unit marking carried on the E-2C of the 601st Squadron. (Later re-named as AEW.Squadron.)
(above four photos)
Top photo shows a E-2C #457 of the 601st Squadron displayed on the static line at Komatsu airshow in July 1986.
The second photo shows another E-2C #455 displayed at Komaki airshow in November 1986.
I took the third photo at Hachinohe airshow in May 1987.
The bottom photo was taken at Misawa airshow in June 1989.
Beechcraft B-65 Queen Air
Five Queen Air A65 (JASDF's designation "B-65") were transferred from the JMSDF to the JASDF HQ Squadron as liaison and utility aircraft on 04MAR80.
The serial numbers of these five machines were 03-3091/095, and their previous serials with JMSDF were 6720/21/22/27/28 respectively.
Two of the five B-65s were transferred from the HQ Sqdn to Naha/Okinawa-based Southwestern Composite Air Division, Headquarters & Support Flight in late 1980.
The last surviving B-65 was withdrawn from the Southwestern Composite Air Division on 01MAR99. Color scheme was high-visibility red and white overall.
B-65 Queen Air
B-65 Queen Air
(above two photos)
Top photo shows a B-65 #093 of the ADC's Headquarters Squadron taken at Misawa airshow in June 1989.
The bottom photo shows the same #093 of the same HQ Sqdn, which was displayed on the static line at Iruma airshow in November 1994.
The aircraft carried the special paint scheme celebrating the 40th anniversary of the JASDF.
B-65 Queen Air
B-65 Queen Air
(photos above and at left)
Top photo shows a B-65 #092 of the Southwestern Composite Air Division, Headquarters & Support Flight which was displayed at Tsuiki airshow in November 1983.
The unit shared the same tail marking as the 207th Sqdn's marking carried on their F-104J at the beginning.
In October 1984, they adopted their own (unique) marking as shown on the photo at left. This is a Okinawa's lion-dog statue, placed as talisman against evil at entrances
and on roofs. The photo immediate above is a B-65 #094 with the new tail marking taken at Naha/Okinawa, the home of the unit, in August 1989.
Raytheon T-400 (Jayhawk)
JASDF purchased a total of 13 Raytheon/Beech T-400 (#051-#063) for use as crew trainers of transport and SAR planes, and the first one was delivered in 1994. On 01JUN94, Provisional 41st
Training Squadron was formed at Miho under the 3rd Tactical Airlift Group to operate the T-400. On 01JUN94, the provisional unit became the 41st Training Squadron.
The T-400 #055 shown on the above photo carried the tail marking of the 41st Traning Sqdn on the tail. I plan to upload the close-up photo of their tail-marking when I capture one in future.
Two versions of the BAe125-800 business jet entered JASDF service during the first half of the 1990's under the JASDF designations U-125 and U-125A.
The U-125 is an navaides calibration aircraft for the Flight Check Group, which replaced with the MU-2J of the FCG. The U-125A is a search and rescue model
for the Air Rescue Wing, which replaced with the MU-2S in the rescue role. A total of three U-125 (#041-#043) were delivered to JASDF during 1992-1994
and they are currently operated by the Flight Check Group based at Iruma. JASDF(ARW) has received a total of 28 U-125A SAR planes (#001-#028) so far
since 1995 and they are currently operated by the ARW's ten rescue detachments at Chitose/Akita/Matsushima/Niigata/Komatsu/Hyakuri/Hamamatsu/Ashiya/Nyutabaru/Naha and the
Air Rescue Training Squadron at Komaki.
This U-125 #041 was displayed at Kanoya airshow in May 1995. The Flight Check Group badge appears in the forward fuselage.
This U-125A #019 of the Air Rescue Wing Det.Hyakuri was displayed at Hyakuri airshow in September 2013. The Air Rescue Wing badge appears in the forward fuselage.