Heisei in Perspective: Japan Govt Aircraft to Retire after Years of Punctual Flights
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Tokyo, March 27 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government aircraft, dubbed the prime minister's office in the air, will be decommissioned at the end of March, a month before the curtain falls on the Heisei era.
The first-generation aircraft, which went into use in 1993, the fifth year of Heisei, has carried prime ministers and Imperial Family members around the globe, sometimes to locations at historic moments.
The Air Self-Defense Force assigned the personnel who had the heavy responsibility of operating the plane, ranging from pilots to cabin attendants and mechanics.
ASDF staff of the aircraft was always mindful about ensuring safe flights, as well as committed to punctuality, seen as a trademark of Japan.
Maj. Tokisada Myose has served as a navigator who manages the times for landing, a role not found for commercial passenger planes.
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