403rd Tactical Airlift Squadron (JASDF)

Summary

403nd Tactical Airlift Squadron
第403飛行隊
JASDF C-2(78-1205) fly over at Miho Air Base May 28, 2017 02.jpg
C-2 of 403rd Squadron (2017)
ActiveMarch 31, 1978
CountryJapan
Allegiance3rd Tactical Airlift Group
BranchJapan Air Self-Defense Force
Garrison/HQMiho Air Base
Aircraft flown
TransportKawasaki C-1, Kawasaki C-2

The 403nd Tactical Airlift Squadron (第403飛行隊, dai-yon-zero-san-hikoutai) is the sole transport squadron of the 3rd Tactical Airlift Group of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force based at Miho Air Base in Tottori Prefecture, Japan. It is equipped with Kawasaki C-1 and Kawasaki C-2 aircraft.[1][2]

History

The squadron retired its last NAMC YS-11P aircraft in May 2017 after nearly 30 years of operations.[3] YS-11P 52-1152 is exhibited in the Aichi Museum of Flight.[4]

In November 2017 a Kawasaki C-2 of the squadron deployed to the Japan Self-Defense Force Base Djibouti in Africa for the first time.[5][6]

Tail marking

Tail marking (2012)

The squadron's tail markings show the story of the Hare of Inaba.

Aircraft operated

403rd Squadron NAMC YS-11P in flight

References

  1. ^ Thompson, Paul JASDF – Order of Battle July 1, 2017 J-HangarSpace Retrieved September 13, 2017
  2. ^ "3rd Tactical Air Group". mod.go.jp. Archived from the original on August 15, 2017. Retrieved October 30, 2017. (in Japanese)
  3. ^ "空自YS-11「52-1152」号機、美保航空祭でのラストフライト後に小牧へ". flyteam.jp. May 29, 2017. Retrieved October 30, 2017. (in Japanese)
  4. ^ "あいち航空ミュージアムに展示予定の機体搬入作業を一般公開します!". pref.aichi.jp. October 19, 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-11-02. Retrieved October 30, 2017. (in Japanese)
  5. ^ "C-2による国外運航訓練の実施について" (PDF). mod.go.jp. October 6, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 15, 2017. Retrieved November 15, 2017. (in Japanese)
  6. ^ "防衛省統合幕僚監部 | Posts" [Ministry of Defense integrated staff officials]. facebook.com (in Japanese). November 14, 2017. Retrieved November 15, 2017.