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JASDF Hamamatsu Air Base Museum

The Museum at Hamamatsu is located next to the runway of Hamamatsu airbase. Home to the Headquarters Flying Training Command and two squadrons of Kawasaki T-4's are currently based here. Of greater importance to the museum is that a technical training school is residence on the base. As part of the training at the school aircraft distend for the museum are restored  at the school. Given the museum a superb collection of restored aircraft

The Museum also houses a library dedicated to the history of the JSDAF  and a collection of flight simulators.

The collection has some interesting airplanes including a one off Vampire trainer witch was acquired in 1956 by the air proving group and was flown on trail for some time. this resulted in no orders from the JSDAF.

The museum is collecting aircraft at a steadily pace, different types of aircraft that are no longer in use by the air force are added to the collecting after a restoration by the technical school.

Latest additions include the T-1,T-2 and F-2  


Zero 43-188

43-188 was built in March of 1944 and assigned to Atsugi Air Base in Japan, until it was transferred to the airfield on Tinian. About the June 3, 1944 Lt. Ozaki and the rest of 343rd Kokutai were transferred to Agana Airfield, on Guam.

This aircraft flew its last mission on June 19, 1944, the first day of the "Marianas Turkey Shoot". The battle lasted two days and was the greatest Naval Air Battle in history.

In 1962 the aircraft was rediscovered and recovered by the American military.

The restoration work, undertaken by engineers of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, was done in a hangar at JASDF Hamamatsu Airbase. After completion it was preserved at Hamamatsu South Airbase and was displayed at various air shows. Nowadays its Hanging overhead in the Museum. This is the most authentic example of the A6M5 series in Japan.



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