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VIP cabins used by the Imperial family and prime ministers on a decommissioned ASDF aircraft to go on display

JIJI

The Air Self-Defense Force plans to put on display VIP cabins used by the Emperor and high officials from two government aircraft set to be decommissioned in March, one of which will be made available for public viewing at no extra cost, officials have said.

The aircraft are used for overseas trips by prime ministers or Imperial family members as well as for humanitarian support efforts.

The aircraft’s VIP rooms have never been shown to the public.

“They have historical value,” an official said. “I want them to be viewed by as many people as possible.”

The VIP rooms will be removed from the planes and one of them will be offered for free, possibly to municipalities and schools. The ASDF began soliciting applicants in January. It has already received several inquiries, including from municipalities with museums.

The other VIP room will go on display at the ASDF’s Hamamatsu base in Shizuoka Prefecture.

The bodies of the planes will be sold through an auction set for next month.

The planes were commissioned in 1993 and have since flown to 100 countries. New aircraft will go into service as of April.