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Of the many different models of the Zero produced from 1939 until the fall of Japan in 1945, the A6M5 was the most numerous.
The Zero was armed with a pair of 7.7 millimeter Vickers-type machine guns that were mounted on the top of fuselage and fired through ports in the engine cowling.
The Zero was used in nearly 2,000 kamikaze attacks before Japan finally surrendered to bring down the curtain on the war in the Pacific.
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 Axis History Factbook: Mitsubishi A6M Zero
Some Zero variants were said to have racks for a total of ten 32 kilogram (70.5 pound) bombs, though it is uncertain that this was a standard feature in all types of the Zero.
The fact that the Zero was not a miraculous design is emphasized by the fact that in the late 1930s, the British designed and flew a fighter that was strikingly similar to the Zero.
In fact, during the war, Allied intelligence repeatedly suggested that the Zero was a copy of various other types of foreign aircraft, such as the Howard Hughes 1935 air racer and particularly the the Vought 143, a one-off prototype fighter that the Japanese purchased.
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Mitsubishi was a "zaibatsu," which translates as "wealthy clique." It was a family-owned industrial combine that owned banks, which provided it with funds.
Mitsubishi also learned lessons from Germany, first by working with the aircraft designer Alexander Baumann and then through a collaboration with the German planebuilding firm of Junkers.
Mitsubishi responded with a twin-engine aircraft that later became known as the Nell.
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 The Mitsubishi Zero - Development
To equip this vessel, Mitsubishi developed the Type 10 fighter, the first designed specifically for carrier operation - naval aircraft of other nations at that time were adaptations of existing land-based fighters.
The Mitsubishi MK2 Zuisei 13 of 875hp was selected, and advanced techniques utilising extra-super duralumin to ensure lightness, simplicity and utility were employed.
Mitsubishi had produced 3879, but the majority were constructed by Nakajima who assembled 6215.
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The Zero was a carrier-borne fighter capable of mixing it with the best of its western land-based opponents, at least until mid-1943.
The nearly 11,000 made by Mitsubishi and Nakajima played a major role in the Pacific and war which was sparked when more than 400 of the previously ignored Zeros, plus other types, pounced on Pearl Harbor in the early morning of December 7, 1941 with such devastating effects.
Mitsubishi assigned the project to Jiro Horikoshi's team, which had been responsible for the A5M and came up with an all-metal fighter with retractable undercarriage, powered by a 780 hp Mitsubishi MKZ Zuisei radial engine which gave it a top speed of 316 mph.
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 Mitsubishi A6M (Zero / Zeke / Hamp / Rufe)
A surprise to the outside world, which dismissed Japanese airplane designs as inferior, the Reisen (Zero) was well armed, lightweight fighter that could not be out-turned, and had an amazing range.
This was the nickname briefly used for the A6M3 Zero.
That means Mitsubishi were producing Model 32s at the rate of 2.2 per day.
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 The Mitsubishi A6M Zero ("Zeke")
In its first year of combat, the Zero was credited with destroying 44 Chinese aircraft in the air against the loss of only two Zeroes, both of which were destroyed by anti-aircraft fire.
Zeroes were also used for home defense against American bomber raids, and apparently some A6M5s were field-modified with a single upward-firing 20 millimeter cannon to operate as ineffectual night fighters.
Performance of the Gloster F.5/34 was comparable to that of early model Zeros, and the dimensions were remarkably close to that of the Zero, though the British aircraft was slightly heavier, had a shorter wingspan, and a longer fuselage.
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 Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero
After initial combats, several weaknesses were found in the Zero’s design, including a complete lack of armor protection for the pilot, lack of self-sealing fuel tanks and a generally light construction, and Allied pilots quickly developed new tactics to exploit these weaknesses.
The CAF’s Zero is a Nakajima-built A6M2 Model 21, of the same type that participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor and the carrier battles of 1942.
In 1989, the Zero was assigned to Col. John Kelley and based at the Dallas/Fort Worth Wing’s facility in Lancaster, Texas, just south of Dallas, where the restoration was completed by a dedicated band of CAF volunteers.
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 A6M Zero - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Designed for attack, the Zero gave precedence to maneuverability and firepower at the expense of protection—most had no self-sealing tanks or armour plate— thus many Zeros were lost too easily in combat along with their pilots.
Mitsubishi A6M2 "Zero" Model 21 on the flight deck of carrier Shokaku, 26 October 1942, Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.
Mitsubishi had its own engine of this class in the form of the Kinsei, so they were somewhat reluctant to use the Sakae.
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 Mitsubishi A6M Zero Fighter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
One of the primary weaknesses of the early Reisen was its insufficient diving speed, with less-maneuverable Allied fighters often being able to engage the Zero successfully in a diving encounter or else being able to escape destruction by diving to safety, the Zero being unable to follow.
Despite the fact that the Zero Fighter was by now outclassed by Allied fighters such as the Grumman F6F Hellcat and the Vought F4U Corsair, the A6M5 became numerically the most important Japanese fighter and was the version of the Reisen built in the largest numbers.
The Zero Fighter was now beginning to suffer from the disease which had affected lots of other fighters --- a steady increase in the weight caused by the addition of more fuel, armament, and armor without a corresponding increase in engine power.
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 Mitsubishi A6M Zero in the Pacific War (D Llewellyn James)
The Zero - allied code-name 'Zeke' - was remarkable in being the first carrier fighter to outperform its land-based equivalents.
It had been designed by Mitsubishi to meet the severe demands of the 1937 Imperial Navy specification for a shipborne fighter - demands which included a speed of 500 km/h (311 mph) and an armament (powerful for the time) of two cannon and two machine-guns.
The effectiveness of the Zero was urgently and emphatically reported to Washington by General Chennault, commanding officer of the Flying Tigers, but his report appears to have gone unnoticed.
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 Mitsubishi A6M Zero 1/72 Scale
This is a model of a fighter from the carrier Soryu that participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Zero was the Japanese name for the plane, and was always its most popular name.
But the Allied codename for the plane was "Zeke." The Zero first saw combat against the Chinese in 1940, and immediately gained air supremacy, replacing the A5M "Claude" as the Japanese navy's primary carrier fighter.
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 Fargo Air Museum - Fargo, North Dakota - Historic Aircraft - Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Reisen (Zero-Sen) 'Zeke'
When the Japanese were forced onto the defensive, the Zero's shortcomings were shown up by a new generation of Allied carrier aircraft.
A6M3 Type Zero Carrier-Based Fighter Model 22 and flight of Zeros leave their base at Rabaul, New Britain to fight US Navy F4F Wildcats and Marine Corps F4U Corsairs over Guadalcanal in the Solomons.
Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero based in the Philippines in late 1944.
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 Mitsubishi A6M2a Zero type 11
The Mitsubishi Zero in its various forms was the definitive Imperial Japanese Navy fighter aircraft of World War 2.
The Zero was the most mass produced fighter aircraft coming out of Japan during the war and was used in all theaters from the beginning of the Sino-Japanese War and at Pearl Harbor right through to the closing days of the conflict.
While I talked about Zeros in general in the Development History section of this review the kit that we are looking at is the type 11 Zero without the folding wing tips.
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 Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero
The Mitsubishi A6M Zero Fighter was one of the finest shipboard fighter aircrafts during World War Two.
The Zero's predecessor was Mitsubishi A5M Type 96 Claude, which was used in China.
The Mitsubishi design team led by Jiro Horikoshi presented a low-winged monoplane with retractable landing gear and a large canopy offering an excellent view from a cockpit.
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 Japanese A6M Zero Fighter - Navy Type 0 Carrier Fighter Aircraft
All of these new US aircraft were an equal match for the A6M3 and because of their heavy pilot armor and fuel tank armor they could take a lot of punishment and still be an affective adversary.
Over 10,900 A6M2 through 5 Reisen Zero's were produced during the war by Mitsubishi and Nakajima and it was the most widely encountered Japanese fighter aircraft.
The main failing of the A6M2, 3, and 5 fighter aircraft were the lack of armor for the pilot and its fuel tanks were not self sealing and once breached the aircraft was lost.
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 Mitsubishi A6M "Zero" Pt 5
The corsair is one of the sweetest rollers of all WWII fighters, and the zero is lousy at it, especially at 250+.
Zero 52s were first consigned to the 13th Air Fleet in Dec 43 so it is likely that some 52s went to 202 Ku before it transferred to Truk.
One Zero was bombed on the ground as was a "shipboard scout" [presumably Suisei recce] and and destroyed.
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 Mitsubishi A6M Zero-Sen - Japan
The Mitsubishi A6M Zero-Sen was the next generation, single-seat monoplane fighter, conceived as a replacement for the Mitsubishi A5M.
The Mitsubishi A6M Zero-Sen legendary status mirrored the fortunes of the rising sun, in which four years, the sun would finally set.
Mitsubishi alone produced 3,879 aircraft of this type, Nakajima built 6,215 which, together with the 844 trainer and floatplane variants produced by Sasebo, Hitachi and Nakajima, brought the grand total of A6M series aircraft to 10,938.
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 Mitsubishi Reisen Zero Fighter | Aviation History| Blueprints
The Mitsubishi A6M was a light-weight naval fighter aircraft employed by the Japanese from 1940-45.
Over 10,000 Rei-sen (Zero) fighters were produced by the Japanese, and it is interesting to note that that the Zero weighted only 50% of the Corsair, one of the reasons being the lack of armor plate protection for the pilot and fuel tanks.
By using speed and resisting the deadly error of trying to out-turn the Zero, eventually cannon could be brought to bear and a single burst of fire was usually enough.
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 Mitsubishi A6M Zero-Sen
The response from the Mitsubishi design team, led by Jiro Horikoshi was a monoplane that had a cantilever low-wing layout, having an enclosed cockpit and a retractable landing gear as well as being constructed almost entirely of metal.
If a Zero was subjected to a prolonged dive, there was the risk of shedding its wings in the process: this problem was addressed with the introduction of the A6M5 variant.
During 1944, development of the Zero continued with the conversion of the A6M5 airframes to A6M6 standard by the incorporation of the much awaited Sakae 31 engine with a water-methanol injection, boosting the aircraft's maximum speed to 345mph.
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 Fantasy of Flight's Zero
Undoubtedly, the most famous Japanese aircraft of all time, the Mitsubishi Zero was considered the best fighter in the Pacific Theatre until mid-1943.
Despite its drawbacks, the Zero soldiered on as the mainline defensive fighter for Japan.
As the situation became more desperate for Japan, the Zero became the most numerous of the Kamikaze aircraft that were used for suicide missions against allied shipping.
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 Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero
The American pilot then continued away from the Zero using his superior speed to zoom to safety or circle around at a distance and attack again.
The earliest records pertaining to the Museum's Zero show that it was evaluated in 1944 at Wright Field, Ohio, and the following year at Eglin Field, Florida.
he Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero is on diplay at the National Air and Space Museum in the World War II Aviation exhibition.
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 Warbird Alley: Mitsubishi A6M Zero
Fast, maneuverable and flown by highly-skilled pilots, the Mitsubishi Zero-Sen was the most famous Japanese plane of World War Two and a big surprise to American forces.
Ignored by British and American intelligence services (who had access to design plans for the aircraft years before the war) the "Zero" (it was the Navy’ Type O carrier-based fighter) was armed with two 20-mm cannon, two 7.7mm machine guns, and possessed the incredible range of 1930 miles using a centerline drop tank.
At least two original Zeros are flying today, making them among the rarest and most-prized warbirds on the display circuit today.
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It covers the path of evolution that led to the Mitsubishi Zero, one of the most remarkable fighter aircraft of all time.
In 1940 zeros were sent to China to perform in actual combat conditions.
Performance comparisons of the Zero against the Airacobra, Zero versus the P-51 Mustang, and Zero versus the Spitfire are most informative.
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 Amazon.com: Mitsubishi Zero -Cmbt Leg (Combat Legend): Books: Robert Jackson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
In late 1941 and early 1942 Zero fighters, flying from carriers or land bases, wrought havoc over Pearl Harbor, the Philippines, Singapore and other targets in the Pacific.
When the tide of war turned against the Japanese, Zero Pilots died by the hundred in air battles or kamikaze attacks on the advancing American forces.
When first adopted into service in 1940, the Zero was equal to any other fighter in service throughout the world and better than most.
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 www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org - Imperial Japanese Aviation Resource Center - Mitsubishi A6M Zero-Sen   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Approximately 10,450 Zero-Sen's were built with Mitsubishi building 3,880 and Nakajima building 6,570.
Prototype with Mitsubishi MK2 Zuisei Radial Engine (780-hp).
This new configuration was so successful that in July 1940, Mitsubishi was awarded a contract to build 15 pre-production versions for evaluation in China.
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 Mitsubishi A6M Reisen (Zero Fighter)
One Mitsubishi Zuisei 13 fourteen-cylinder air-cooled radial, rated at 780 hp for take-off and 875 hp at 3,600 m, driving a two- or three-blade metal propeller (A6M1).
One Nakajima Sakae 31 fourteen-cylinder air-cooled radial, rated at 1,130 hp for take-off, 1,100 hp at 2,850 m and 980 hp at 6,000 m, driving a three-blade metal propeller (A6M6c and A6M7).
One Mitsubishi MK8P Kinsei 62 fourteen-cylinder air-cooled radial, rated at 1,560 hp for take-off, 1,340 hp at 2,100 m and 1,180 hp at 5,800 m, driving a three-blade metal propeller (A6M8).
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 Mitsubishi A6M Zero
The Mitsubishi A6M dominated the skies over the Pacific in the early years of World War II.
Called the Type O or Zero-sen by the Japanese and 'Zeke' by the Allies, the A6M was designed to meet a Imperial Japanese Navy requirement for a replacement for the Mitsubishi A5M.
Zero fighters guaranteed air superiority for the Japanese at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.
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 Mitsubishi A6M "Zero"
The first Mitsubishi Zero cited is not from the Nimitz Museum and has not definitely been identified as a Mitsubishi built Zero at all and may indeed have come from a Nakajima Zero.
The Mitsubishi A6M3 model 32 Hamp in question was reconstructed from several airframes and components captured at Buna, New Guinea 27 December 1942.
Mitsubishi made the switch to the Nakajima pattern at some point in the production of the Type 32 as both styles can be observed on these aircraft.
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 Aircraft: Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero
Camarillo, CA, CA The Zero at Mojave is one of the three Flight Magic Zeros.
That Zero is Mitsubishi A6M3-22 Zero, NX553TT(Omit the X), C/N 3858.
Palmdale, CA "Zero at Mojave" picture was taken on October 1st 2005.
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