This hulk was previously an instructional airframe at the Fire Training College, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucs. It is pictured here being stripped of all parts that may be useful in the future for the based JPs. Once that process has been completed it will be refurbished to look brand new and join one of the open cockpit aircraft around the country. Recycling at it's finest at Bruntingthorpe!
The KV-107 served widely in the Japanese services, both the Army and Air Force operating greater numbers than the Navy. The example displayed in the JMSDF Museum is one of seven of this sub-variant which was used for mine-sweeping
One of 35 transferred from the USN to the JMSDF in 1957 and phased out in the mid 1960s. It was ordered as USAAF 44-47556 but before completion on the production line it was transferred to the USN as BuAer 85125. Carried code 3MSS-24 when in use as instructional airframe at the 3rd MSDF Service School at Shimofusa AB from 1964 to 1974
A total of 83 P-2Js were delivered to the JMSDF between 1969 and 1979. Besides converting the Neptune to turboprop power, Kawasaki incorporated many of the advanced systems used in the Lockheed P-3 Orion. A 54-inch fuselage extension between the wing and cockpit accommodated improved electronics