Skymonster
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In Search Of Japanese YS-11s

Wed Feb 26, 2003 8:48 pm

Hi all,

Myself and another a.net photographer are planning a trip to Japan in early June. We will do the obvious places (Tokyo - Narita and Haneda, Osaka - Itami and Kansai, Nagoya, maybe Sapporo) but:

  • Does anyone have any other recommendations as to any other good places to go?

  • Most importantly, we are particularly keen on catching pictures of the dwindling number of YS-11s still flying in Japan. Is there a particular city where the YS-11s tend to gravitate or are based - somewhere where we would see more YS-11s than anywhere else?

  • Any recommendations on travelling around Japan? I'm aware JL and NH do airpasses at reasonable prices, so is it better to use these, or the trains?

  • Any other words of wisdom for someone who's not been to Japan before?


  • Thanks in advance,
    Andy
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    RE: In Search Of Japanese YS-11s

    Wed Feb 26, 2003 9:19 pm

    Andy,

    I'd have to recommend Fukuoka for its viewing area and the regular YS-11s that, for a little while longer, continue to operate there. The airport also has the advantage of being very near the city which besides being convenient also provides more choice of accommodation.

    Good luck.
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    RE: In Search Of Japanese YS-11s

    Wed Feb 26, 2003 10:09 pm

    Andy

    I just get back to Sydney tonight. I will try to help you , and set you up later..but those month are very heavy rainfall months in Japan. Is another mate Bill again?

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    RE: In Search Of Japanese YS-11s

    Wed Feb 26, 2003 11:41 pm

    In Japan I've been to NRT, HND, KOJ, TNE, KUM, FUK, TAK, CTS, ITM, KIX, OKJ and KKX. Nowhere did I see more YS-11's than Kagoshima, but almost all were JAC of course, since it is their base. Your best bet is probably checking JP for operators and see where their base is.
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    RE: In Search Of Japanese YS-11s

    Thu Feb 27, 2003 3:07 am

    I seem to remember a couple of Reeve's old YS-11's ending up in Florida when they where sold off in the late 1990's.

    But don't know who or where exactly got them.
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    RE: In Search Of Japanese YS-11s

    Thu Feb 27, 2003 4:11 am

    I was there last October and managed to fly from Kagoshima to Fukuoka on a JAC YS-11. Their home base is Kagoshima where there is an open air viewing deck the full length of the terminal.

    At the time of my visit three of the fleet of YS-11s were parked near the hangar withdrawn from service, five or six others were still in use. They are replacing them with the Dash 8-400 with the first example doing crew training flights.
     
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    RE: In Search Of Japanese YS-11s

    Thu Feb 27, 2003 6:06 am

    Andy,
    checking my files I see I also visited NGO, FKS, TOY, HKD, MYJ and YGJ but no more YS-11's there.
    /JM
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    RE: In Search Of Japanese YS-11s

    Thu Feb 27, 2003 6:44 pm

    Thank you gentlement... All input much appreciated - looks like Kagoshima needs to be put on the list. Now, if only Japan Air Commuter's website had an English version, I might be able to work out exactly where the YS-11s go and when!

    ANdy
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    RE: In Search Of Japanese YS-11s

    Thu Feb 27, 2003 7:08 pm

    Try this website I don't know how old it is but it has route info for YAS-11's

    < http://www.worldairroutes.com/JAC.html>

    Hope it helps
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    RE: In Search Of Japanese YS-11s

    Fri Feb 28, 2003 4:28 pm

    SHJ,

    were you there with Simon Munt ?? - saw the slides from the trip last evening - excellent
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    RE: In Search Of Japanese YS-11s

    Sat Mar 01, 2003 4:07 am

    Paulc,

    Yes, we were the two who flew out a day early and missed the KLM fiasco.
     
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    RE: In Search Of Japanese YS-11s

    Sat Mar 01, 2003 7:07 am

    Hi,

    My website has a tripreport on Japan. Been to Tokyo Narita and Haneda, Nagoya and Osaka Itami and Kansai.
    Itami had one YS11 flight when I was there in November. I am not sure if you still can see YS11's there, as JAC is operating the new Dash8-400 to Itami.
    Haneda has some YS11 of the Japanese Flightinspection I believe.
    Nagoya has a military airbase on the other side of the airport. When you are lucky you might see a military YS11.

    My website is at http://www.spottersunited.com
    Select the Trip reports section.

    best wishes,
    Marcel
     
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    RE: In Search Of Japanese YS-11s

    Sat Mar 01, 2003 7:09 am

    Marcel,

    Thanks for that. I know your website and have already read that item very carefully. Thanks for all the input you give on the subject of spotting, as its much appreciated. I'll be sure to drop you a line and update things for you after we get back.

    Andy
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