The attractions are all hands-on
About 15 minutes away from the bus stops for Terminals 1 and 2. The museum is notable for its building that resembles a control tower. Passing through the outdoor exhibition area and going into the entrance, there is the central building, the east building to the right and the west building to the left. You can go through 4 experiences related to airplanes: operations of a model airplane, a training simulator, an experience with sound and boarding experience. First off at the vaulted west building on the first and second floors, you can operate a large mock-up of a 747. You can get into the cockpit at the back and operate the craft right in front of your eyes.
Next on the first floor of the east building, you can try out the pilot training simulator. You can enjoy the pilot’s field of vision through 2 routes over Tokyo Bay and around Narita Airport. In the same building on the second floor, there is the sound room. Experience that full sense of realism through both your sight and hearing as you get that intense sound and panoramic images on the domed screen.
Finally, there is the outdoor exhibition area. You can board a propeller plane and 3 helicopters for a charge.
Another highlight is a complete exhibition and amazing takeoffs and landings of real planes
Section 41 is Japan’s first display of the nose section of a 747 that was retired in 2004. You can tour the inside of a plane together with an instructor.
From the outdoor observation area on the third floor of the central building, you can get a close view of jumbo jets taking off and landing at Narita Airport and enjoy the amazing sounds of the engines. On the fifth floor, there is the circular observation room that resembles a control room. Devices having to do with air traffic control are displayed and you can view departing and arriving craft with help from the guide’s explanation. Beginning with the Japan-made YS-11 No. 1 prototype in the outdoor area, approximately 20 craft ranging from Cessnas to helicopters are displayed. This is a place where you will want to visit for a tour at any time, not just before or after you come back from an overseas trip.