Photo/IllutrationAn artist's rendition of the interior of the MRJ Museum (Provided by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.)

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TOYOYAMA, Aichi Prefecture--Aviation aficionados will get a double dose of history when two adjacent museums open here on Nov. 30.

A museum themed on the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), Japan’s first domestically produced passenger jet, will start operations at the aircraft’s final assembly plant.

The plant is adjacent to Aichi Prefecture-run Nagoya Airport, where the Aichi Museum of Flight will open on the same day, displaying the YS-11 plane, Japan’s first passenger aircraft developed after the end of World War II.

The MRJ Museum featuring Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.’s passenger jet will cover a 1,150-square-meter area on the fifth floor of the assembly plant.

Models of the MRJ’s engine, cockpit and passenger cabin will be shown, while the latest technologies and unique techniques to manufacture the jet will be presented through videos.

Visitors will also be able to view the MRJ’s assembly processes on the plant’s second floor.

Nearly 100,000 people are estimated to visit the museum annually.

The prefecture-run Aichi Museum of Flight will feature not only 1/25 scale aircraft models but also a flight simulator that allows visitors to pilot a plane by themselves.

The five neighboring prefectures of Aichi, Gifu, Mie, Ishikawa and Toyama produce more than half of the aircraft parts made in Japan, or an annual production volume of 740 billion yen ($6.5 billion).

All parts are monitored by the Chubu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry.

The opening of the museums is apparently aimed at promoting the region as a leading production area of plane parts as well.

Admission for the MRJ Museum will be 1,000 yen for adults, 800 yen for senior high school and university students, and 500 yen for junior high school and elementary school children.

A discount of around 25 percent is offered when tickets for both the MRJ Museum and the Aichi Museum of Flight are bought together.

Reservations must be made in advance.

The MRJ Museum started accepting reservations at 9 a.m. on Oct. 31 on its website (http://www.mhi.co.jp/mrjmuseum/en/index.html).

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays, when it will be closed.