1998 AFC (Air Force Collection)
By: John A. Shupek (

Series Title: AFC (Air Force Collection)
American Card Catalog No.: n/a
Issued by: TI
Country: Japan
Number of Cards: unknown
Card Dimensions: 3½ × 2½ inches
Circa: 1998

AFC (Air Force Collection) Overview

A this point, we know very little about the AFC (Air Force Collection) series of airplane trading cards by TI in Japan. This is what we know, and do not know:

  • The set was issued in Japan by “TI” and bears a copyright date of 1998. We do not know who “TI” is.
  • The photos on the cards were taken by Yoshitaku Kato between 1976 and 1996.
  • The set is divided into multiple subsets. We currently know of the following subsets:
    1. Europe Air Force
    2. Helicopter
    3. J-S-D-Air Force
    4. Russian Air Force
    5. U.S. Air Force
    6. U.S. Navy Force
    7. Nose Art
    8. Tail Art.
  • We do not know if there are additional subsets.
  • The size of the cards are 3½ by 2½ inches.
  • The cards are sequentially numbered on the fronts of the cards. The numbering sequence starts at 1 for each of the subsets. We also do not know how many cards are in each of the individual subsets. We know that some of the subsets contain at least sixteen (16) cards.
  • The cards are all written in Japanese.

AFC (Air Force Collection) Partial Image Guide

The following image guide is divided into the 8 subset categories noted above. Note — this image guide is not complete! We need your help to complete the guide.

Europe Air Force (subset)

Helicopter (subset)

J-S-D-Air Force (subset)

Russian Air Force (subset)

U.S. Air Force (subset)

U.S. Navy Force (subset)

Nose Art (subset)

Tail Art (subset)

Partial Checklist

The following partial checklist notes the cards that we currently have scans for.

AFC (Air Force Collection) Partial Checklist
Europe Air Force (subset)
4Aero L-59E
5Dassault Mirage IIIS
8Panavia Tornado F3
11SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1
Helicopter (subset)
4Eurocopter AS365M
5Mil Mi-24D
J-S-D-Air Force (subset)
7Mitsubishi CBLS-200 F-1
9Mitsubishi F-2A
10Kawasaki T-4
14Mitsubishi F-2B
16Fuji T-1B
Russian Air Force (subset)
1Mikoyan MiG-31
7Sukhoi Cy-27 (Su-27)
U.S. Air Force (subset)
3Fairchild A-10
U.S. Navy Force (subset)
4McDonnell Douglas A-4M
Nose Art (subset)
7BAe S2B
Tail Art (subset)
2McDonnell Douglas F/A-18D
4L.T.V A-7A
8BAe T.1A


John Shupek — John is retired Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineer that lives in Southern California. John's 36 year aerospace career/adventure started in the mid-1960s when he worked for Pratt & Whitney at their “FRDC” … Florida Research and Development Center, West Palm Beach, Florida. John was part of the P&W jet engine design team for the CIA/USAF's Lockheed A-12/SR-71A “Oxcart/Blackbird” engines (J58/JT11D-20). He also worked on the RL-10 rocket engine and the JTF-17A which was P&W's entry into the United States' SST competition between Boeing and Lockheed. Several years later, John moved back to California and worked at the AiResearch Mfg. Company at LAX and Torrance. He originally worked on the thermal design of the HRE (Hypersonic Ramjet Engine) which was a supersonic combustion Mach 7 ramjet engine that was to be tested on the North American X-15. John did about three more years of jet engine design work before he disappeared for 13 years into the classified DOE “GCEP” (Gas Centrifuge Enrichment Plant) Atomic Energy program for the enrichment of U235. After the GCEP program was cancelled by the DOE in 1985, John was hired by Northrop Aircraft to do the thermal design for Northrop's entry into the ATF (Advanced Tactical Fighter) competition, the Northrop YF-23A “Black Widow II” stealth supercruise fighter. He also worked on the Northrop Grumman B-2A “Spirit” stealth bomber. After several years on a classified stealth missile program, John worked the remainder of his Aerospace career as one of Northrop Grumman's Program Directors on the United States Navy's F/A-18E/F “Super Hornet” jet fighter program.

During John's career at Northrop Grumman he served for five years as Northrop's “Vintage Aircraft Club” Commissioner and the Curator and Webmaster for the Western Museum of Flight in Hawthorne, California. Several years later, John was the volunteer webmaster (for about 3 years) for the Yanks Air Museum, Chino, California. He also served as President and webmaster for two different NPO's after his retirement. The Whittier Historical Society & Museum and Whittier Meals on Wheels.

John's love of aviation history and aviation photography lead to the establishment of this website in 1998. The site has continued to expand and will always grow and will never be completed. It's sort of analogous to a snowball rolling down a hill without any trees to stop it. In approximately 2002, John remembered that he had collected Topps “Wings” (ACC# R707-4) airplane trading cards while in High School. Somehow the cards had disappeared over the years. So at this point, he started to re-collect airplane trading cards via eBay and become an airplane card “Image Collector” rather than a “Card Collector” per se. After John scans an airplane card for the website, he has no further use for it and he puts it back into circulation via eBay. John's mission statement for the is basically to restore and preserve high-quality card images/artwork associated with the various airplane card sets from the early 1900s to the present. These cards are wonderful historical “snapshots” into aviation history showing which aviation events and aircraft were important at that point in time. For the website, basically if it is a trading card collection that features things that fly, but doesn't have feathers, it is eligible for consideration on the website. John always welcomes inputs and high resolution scans (600-dpi) that can be used on this website. John can be reached via the “Contact Us” navigation button on the left.


  1. Shupek, John A., Card images from the Skytamer Archive

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