JASDF Air Force One at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol © JERRY TAHA


LOS ANGELES – Anyone who has always dreamed of owning their own luxury Boeing 747; this is your chance to buy one of Japan’s two former government aircraft. It’s for sale now for 28 million dollars (about 25 million euros). A company in California is selling this beautiful Queen of the Skies. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe flew on this Jumbo Jet many times, even former Emperor Akihito did fly on this very luxurious B747. His son and successor Emperor Naruhito is now flying on the B747’s successor, the beautiful and brand new Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) Boeing 777-3SB(ER).

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The last official visit ever to The Netherlands from the JASDF ‘Air Force One’ B747 with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe onboard, on his way to London Heathrow. Video: JERRY TAHA AVIATION on YouTube

With 16,332 flight hours, California based CSDS Aircraft Sales & Leasing company says: “there are only a few 747-400s worldwide with less flight hours”. The former JASDF B747 – built in 1991 – is also “very well maintained” and “looks like new”.

Japanese Prime Minister visits US with B747 Air Force One
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and his wife await ground transportation after arriving with the B747 Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews on April 27, 2015 for a week-long visit to promote stronger military and economic ties. Photo: USAF photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan J. Sonnier

On board you will find a bathroom with shower, bedroom, office and a lounge area. The aircraft’s interiors will be turned over to museums, the JASDF said previously. Therefore, parts of the for-sale B747 will get a new interior.

JASDF B747 Air Force One Interior
JASDF B747 Air Force One Interior. Photo: CSDS Aircraft Sales & Leasing

“It will be installed with a new bedroom, shower, lounge and an office,” CSDS Aircraft Sales & Leasing’s Ben Sirimanne said in a Twitter post.

The B747 with registration N7474C will also undergo a C-check and it will receive a new paintjob, before the ‘Queen of the Skies’ will be delivered to its new happy owner.

People who are interested to buy this beauty, can contact CSDS Aircraft Sales & Leasing.

CSDS Aircraft Sales & Leasing in California is an innovative aircraft trading company active in both commercial and business aviation, serving both buyers and sellers of commercial aircraft and especially prospective buyers of commercial aircraft converted to VIP aircraft.

JASDF Air Force One

Japan had a total of 2 Boeing 747-400s to transport the Emperor, Prime Minister and other VIPs, but the 2 ‘Queens’ were replaced in april this year by more efficient Boeing 777-300s. The Boeing 747-47C Air Force One and Air Force Two were delivered to Japan in April 1992. The two B777s were delivered to Japan in 2018.

The Japanese Air Force One and Japanese Air Force Two were the radio callsigns of the two retired Boeing 747-400 and will remain the callsigns for the new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

JASDF B777-300ER taking off from Tokio International Airport
The brand new JASDF B777-300ER Air Force One taking off from Tokio International Airport. Photo: kaoru hayashi CC BY-SA 2.0

The government of Japan uses the aircraft for overseas travel by the Emperor, Prime Minister and other high-ranking officials. Each aircraft has a capacity of 140 passengers and can be used for emergency evacuations of Japanese citizens and overseas deployment of JASDF’s personnel. The aircraft are operated by the JASDF.

Officially the aircraft are referred to as Japanese government exclusive aircraft. They have the radio callsigns Japanese Air Force One and Japanese Air Force Two when operating on official business, and Cygnus One and Cygnus Two when operating outside of official business (e.g., on training flights).

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The first of two JASDF 777-300ERs at Paine Field. The brand new government plane diverted to Paine Field after encountering a software error, after it departed the paint hangar in San Bernardino, where it got an Anti-Nuclear Flash White coat and livery. The Air Force One was on its way to Basel in Switzerland. After a 20 hour tech stop in Paine Field, the aircraft was on its way again to Basel. Video: Plaines at Paine on YouTube

The aircraft always fly together on government missions, with one serving as the primary transport and the other serving as a backup with maintenance personnel on board.

The other 747 is being converted into a freight aircraft.


(Head image: Jerry Taha)

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