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ANA (All Nippon Airways) offers free tours of their maintenance facilities at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. You can see planes in a huge hangar being serviced.You have to make reservations at their website, but everything is in Japanese. They have four 90-min. tours almost daily, but only in Japanese. (Pamphlet has some English.) You should reserve weeks or months in advance because tours get booked up quickly. However, when people cancel their reservations, tours may open up. You have to keep checking. Children must be at least elementary school age. http://www.ana.co.jp/group/kengaku/outline.html
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From Haneda Airport's International terminal, you can see ANA's maintenance hangars at the end of Runway A which is one of the airport's original runways.
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After passing the JAL maintenance hangar, you will see this overpass connecting the ANA buildings.
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On the left is the ANA Component Maintenance Building where you check-in for the tour. Show the security guard your reservations (printout of the email confirmation) to enter the building.
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When you enter the building, you will be in the reception lobby.
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Reception lobby of the ANA Maintenance Facility's ANA Component Maintenance Building. There's a gift shop, model planes, and other exhibits. At lunch time, they sold bento so we had lunch here after the tour.
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Gift shop sells ANA goods.
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Pose
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ANA Gundam in the lobby.
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ANA cockpit in the lobby.
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ANA model planes in the lobby.
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Panel about the 747. ANA retired its last Boeing 747 in March 2014. ANA first flew 747s in 1979. Will be missed.
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In this lecture hall, ANA's tour started with a 30-min. talk and video about flight, their planes, Haneda Airport, etc.Part of ANA's talk was about how planes fly. They demonstrated how wind can lift the wings of a toy plane.
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ANA's lecture hall has some exhibits like model planes.
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ANA's whale plane.
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ANA's Peanuts (Charlie Brown) plane.
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Tire, cockpit window, lights.
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Free souvenir of the tour. Cell phone strap with an ANA maintenance man.
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After the slide show lecture, we wore a hard hat and walked on the overpass to the plane hangars. There were around 80 people in the tour and they divided us into around 15 people per group for the hangar tour. Each group had a guide explaining things in Japanese.
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ANA's airplane maintenance hangar at Haneda Airport. Photography was permitted, but no videos. You can post photos online, but you need their approval. These photos here have been approved by ANA. They don't allow ANA personnel and the other tour participants to be pictured. Also cannot show any non-ANA plane.
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ANA's Boeing 787
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ANA's Boeing 787 inside the maintenance hangar at Haneda Airport.
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Engine removed from the plane.
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Passenger seats were taken out and the cushions replaced.
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Where the tail fits.
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Tires
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Tires
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Tires are not that huge. Tires are inflated with nitrogen, not air (one thing that they always mention).
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They have to replace the tires quite often, every 2 months or so.
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Extra hangar space.
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Jet engine undergoing maintenance.
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Jet engine undergoing maintenance.
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The hangar can get very noisy when they are testing an engine.
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ANA plane
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Always impressive to see a jet plane up close. We see it only on the outside, cannot go inside the plane.
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ANA plane parked outside the maintenance hangar.
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Extra dock in the maintenance hangar.
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Jet engine cowlings.
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How workers get around. Enjoyed the tour.
   
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