2 Aichi Plane Museums Show Off Their Troves Before Takeoff

2 Aichi plane museums show off their troves before takeoff

TOYOYAMA, Aichi Prefecture--Showcasing historical airplanes to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.'s newest jet, two aircraft museums at Nagoya Airport will open soon in the same "airspace," only 700 meters apart.

Ahead of the Nov. 30 grand openings of the two museums, the media was welcomed in to both facilities on Nov. 20 in a preview.

The Aichi Museum of Flight, which the Aichi prefectural government spent about 5 billion yen ($446 million) to build, is located within the grounds of the prefectural Nagoya Airport, which is primarily sited in the town of Toyoyama.

One of the main displays of the museum is a twin-propeller YS-11, the first passenger carrier made in Japan following a ban on developing aircraft after its defeat in World War II was lifted in the 1950s.

Visitors also can see the small business jet MU-300 and experience a pilot simulator first hand. A 3-D movie on the history of Aichi’s local aircraft industry will also be screened at the museum's theater.

The MRJ Museum, which is about 700 meters from the prefectural museum, is dedicated to Japan's first domestically produced jet passenger plane, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), produced by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

A life-size, mock-up model of the MRJ has been placed in the gallery for visitors to have a closer look.

The museum is set up within the assemblage plant of MRJ, where work on assembling one of the aircraft can be seen.

The two museums combined are anticipating 750,000 visitors in total in the first year through November 2018.