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PICTURES: ‘Japanese Air Force One’ for sale

A Boeing 747-400 that carried Japan’s emperor and several prime ministers on official state business is for sale for $28 million.

The former Japanese government aircraft (registration N7474C) entered service in 1991 and flew under call sign “Japanese Air Force One”, according to a posting by the jet’s current owner, CSDS Aircraft Sales & Leasing of Los Angeles. The 747 has logged about 16,300h of flight time.

“One of the lowest-time Boeing 747-400's in the world. Aircraft has been maintained to the highest possible standard,” says the posting. “Shows like new. Bedroom, shower, office and lounge area. Aircraft will be delivered fresh from C-check and paint. This looks like a factory new aircraft.”

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Both Japanese Air Force One aircraft at Pinal Airpark

Ben Sirimanne of CSDS Aircraft Sales & Leasing

CSDS also bought the other Japanese Air Force One, but that jetliner will be converted into a cargo aircraft, says Ben Sirimanne, president of CSDS. Originally, the Japanese air force had planned to part-out the two aircraft for $11.9 million.

Now, both aircraft are stored at Pinal Airpark in Arizona, a boneyard for commercial aircraft, according to Cirium Fleet Analyzer.

The listed 747-400 has a range of 7,500nm (13,890km). It has four high-bypass GE Aviation CF6 turbofan engines. “All GE CF6-80C2B1F engines will have more than 2,500 cycles to the first limiter,” says CSDS.

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Japanese Air Force One seating

Ben Sirimanne of CSDS Aircraft Sales & Leasing

The transport has seats for 85 people, as opposed to the commercial airliner version which could hold more than 400 passengers, depending on the configuration.

The aircraft’s interiors were to be turned over to museums, the Japanese air force said previously. Thus, parts of the for-sale transport will get a new interior.

“It will be installed with a new bedroom, shower, lounge and an office,” says Sirimanne in a Twitter post.

The Japan replaced its 747-400 executive transports with a pair of 777-300ERs in April 2019.

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Japanese Air Force One conference table

CSDS Aircraft Sales & Leasing

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Japanese Air Force One cockpit

Ben Sirimanne of CSDS Aircraft Sales & Leasing

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