This Zero, N7757 is probably best described as a Movie Star. Unexpected heavy losses of pilots at the Battles of the Coral Sea and Midway dealt the Japanese carrier air force a blow from which it never fully recovered.[27][28]. Zeros were produced in greater number than any other aircraft. Construction occurred between 1994-1997. The A6M's airframe was "built like a fine watch"; the Zero was constructed with flush rivets, and even the guns were flush with the wings. Hokoku-515 a6m zero.jpg 396 × 645; 142 KB Informational Intelligence Summary No. [41] The design and testing of the turbo-supercharger was the responsibility of the First Naval Air [Technical] Arsenal (第一海軍航空廠, Dai Ichi Kaigun Kōkūshō) at Yokosuka. 91518 – On display at the Kawaguchiko Motor Museum in Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi. It is also felt that it was a mistake to put 6 guns on the F4F-4 and thus to reduce the rounds per gun. However, that tradeoff in weight and construction also made it prone to catching fire and exploding when struck by enemy fire. Skies, 10. The first Zeros (pre-series of 15 A6M2) went into operation with the 12th Rengo Kōkūtai in July 1940. Mitsubishi A6M2b Model 21. Most of the aircraft was built of a new top-secret aluminium alloy developed by Sumitomo Metal Industries in 1936. She owes her existence to the 20th Century Fox movie company who in 1968 needed Japanese airplanes for the filming of their epic film, “Tora! No armour protection was provided for the pilot, engine or other critical points of the aircraft, and self-sealing fuel tanks, which were becoming common at the time, were not used. In the picture the propeller airplanes flying slowly in front of general public. 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In one encounter, 13 Zeros shot down 27 I-15s and I-16s in under three minutes without loss. Mitsubishi A6M Reisen, znany popularnie jako Zero – podstawowy typ samolotu myśliwskiego Cesarskiej Japońskiej Marynarki Wojennej w okresie II wojny światowej, jeden z najlepszych myśliwców początkowego okresu wojny. Dünya Savaşı'nda Japonlar tarafından çok etkili biçimde … General "Hap" Arnold, commander of the USAAF, objected to that name, however, so it was changed to "Hamp". The aircraft was shipped in pieces to the attraction and it was eventually made up for display as a crashed aircraft. [2] The Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service (IJNAS) also frequently used it as a land-based fighter. Its tremendous range of over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) allowed it to range farther from its carrier than expected, appearing over distant battlefronts and giving Allied commanders the impression that there were several times as many Zeros as actually existed. Seas, 7. Mitsubishi Zero Replica at the Peace Museum in Usa, Japan. This had the side effect of reducing the size of the main fuselage fuel tank (located between the engine and the cockpit) from 518 l (137 US gal) to 470 l (120 US gal). Early models were fitted with servo tabs on the ailerons after pilots complained that control forces became too heavy at speeds above 300 kilometres per hour (190 mph). Manufacturer - Applied. [55][verification needed][56][verification needed][57][verification needed] (The upper cowling was slightly redesigned from that of the Model 22. Assigned the "historical identity" of A6M3 Zero 3858.. One of three reproduction Zeros built in Russia between 1994-1997 for the Santa Monica Museum of Flying for approximately $300,000 USD. A Zero which had taken that many bullets would have been a ball of fire by now.[32]. [75][76] Testing continued on the A6M6 but the end of war stopped further development. 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Length: 29 feet 8 inches Wingspan: 39 feet 4 inches Wing area: 241.5 square feet Height: 10 feet Weight: 3,704 pounds (empty); 5,313 pounds (loaded) Armament: Two 7.7 mm Type 97 machine guns and two 20 mm Type 99 Mark 1 cannons Engine: 940 hp Nakajima NK1C Sakae 12 Max speed: 331 mph Climb rate: 3,100 fpm Max range (with auxiliary tank): 1,930 miles By reversing the turn sharply after each attack the leader may get a shot at the enemy while he is climbing away or head on into a scissor if the Jap turns to meet it.[29]. [37] Nevertheless, the navy accepted the type and it entered production in April 1942.[40]. The Zero fighters could easily outmaneuver and out-climb the F4F-3, and the consensus of fighter pilot opinion is that the F4F-4 is even more sluggish and slow than the F4F-3. Only one, the Planes of Fame Museum's A6M5, has the original Sakae engine.[95]. There they proved to be completely untouchable by the Polikarpov I-16s and I-153s that had been such a problem for the A5Ms when in service. When the lines switched to updated models, 740 Model 21s had been completed by Mitsubishi, and another 800 by Nakajima. * Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. During the final phases, it was also adapted for use in kamikaze operations. ", "Extra super duralumin and successive aluminum alloys for aircraft. Plants, 9. A6m Zero posters have a bright white base for sharp images and vibrant color reproduction. Mitsubishi is unable to state with certainty that it ever used the designation "A6M4" or model numbers for it. Two other versions of the Model 21 were built in small numbers, the Nakajima-built A6M2-N "Rufe" floatplane (based on the Model 11 with a slightly modified tail), and the A6M2-K two-seat trainer of which a total of 508 were built by Hitachi and the Sasebo Naval Air Arsenal. Throughout the Battle of Midway Allied pilots expressed a high level of dissatisfaction with the F4F Wildcat. Even the clear blue sky is also visible in the picture. [42], According to a theory, the very late production Model 22 might have had wings similar to the shortened, rounded-tip wing of the Model 52. Claire Lee Chennault had to notice. "The RAF pilots were trained in methods that were excellent against German and Italian equipment but suicide against the acrobatic Japs", as Lt.Gen. On September 14th, the aircraft was officially adopted by the IJN as its new standardized carrier-based fighter mount. [14] On 13 September 1940, the Zeros scored their first air-to-air victories when 13 A6M2s led by Lieutenant Saburo Shindo, escorting 27 G3M "Nell's medium-heavy bombers on a raid of Chunking, attacked 34 Soviet-built Polikarpov I-15s and I-16s of the Chinese Nationalist Air Force, claimed "all 27" of the Chinese fighters shot down without loss to themselves, however Major Louie Yim-qun had in fact nursed his I-15 riddled with 48 bullet holes back to base, and Lieutenant Gao Youxin claimed to have shot down one of Lt. Shindo's Zeroes, but at most 4 Zeroes sustained some damage in the 1/2 hour-long dogfight over Chunking. Two prototypes were completed in April 1945 but the chaotic situation of Japanese industry and the end of the war obstructed the start of the ambitious program of production for 6,300 A6M8s, only the two prototypes being completed and flown.[14][83]. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. In other cases, such as those recovered after decades in a wrecked condition, they have been reconstructed to the point that the majority of their structure is made up of modern parts. [15][16] By the time they were redeployed a year later, the Zeros had shot down 99 Chinese aircraft[17] (up to 266 according to other sources). Mitsubishi had its own engine of this class in the form of the Kinsei, so they were somewhat reluctant to use the Sakae. Tora!, The Final Countdown, and many other television and film depictions of the aircraft, such as Baa Baa Black Sheep (renamed Black Sheep Squadron). | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com. [24] It was better to swoop down from above in a high-speed pass, fire a quick burst, then climb quickly back up to altitude. Mitsubishi was first established in 1870 and grew to be a major industrial giant in Japan, involved in shipping, heavy industry and aviation. Most lacked self-sealing tanks and armor plating. Nevertheless, when the first A6M2 was completed in January 1940, the Sakae's extra power pushed the performance of the Zero well past the original specifications. The inboard edge of the aileron was moved outboard by one rib, and the wing fuel tanks were enlarged accordingly to 420 l (110 US gal). "Zeke" was part of the first batch of "hillbilly" code names assigned by Captain Frank T. McCoy of Nashville, Tennessee (assigned to the Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit (ATAIU) at Eagle Farm Airport in Australia), who wanted quick, distinctive, easy-to-remember names. This entry's maximum listed speed (354mph). A reproduction Zero that was built from templates from original parts salvaged in 1968 and from original blueprints provided by the Mitsubishi Corporation. I thought this very odd—it had never happened before—and closed the distance between the two airplanes until I could almost reach out and touch the Grumman. In addition, ailerons, aileron trim tab and flaps were revised. Sometimes considered as the most effective variant,[48] the Model 52 was developed to again shorten the wings to increase speed and dispense with the folding wing mechanism. The A6M7 was the last variant to see service. Due to its extreme agility, engaging a Zero in a traditional, turning dogfight was likely to be fatal. [62] The A6M5 had a maximum speed of 565 km/h (351 mph)) at 6,000 m (20,000 ft) and reached that altitude in 7:01 minutes.[63]. This, combined with its light weight, resulted in a very low stalling speed of well below 60 kn (110 km/h; 69 mph). The Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (隼, "Peregrine falcon", "Army Type 1 Fighter" (一式戦闘機)) was a single-engine land-based tactical fighter used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force in World War II.. The two 20 mm wing cannon were upgraded from the Type 99 Mark l to the Mark II,[38] which required a bulge in the sheet metal of the wing below each cannon. To correct for this, the engine mountings were cut back by 185 mm (7.3 in) to move the engine toward the cockpit. The lack of acceptance by the navy suggests that the navy did not bestow model number 41 or 42 formally, although it appears that the arsenal did use the designation "A6M4". [49][50] Produced first by Mitsubishi, most Model 52s were made by Nakajima. [31], Captain Eric Brown, the Chief Naval Test Pilot of the Royal Navy, recalled being impressed by the Zero during tests of captured aircraft. Flowers, Note: In Japanese service carrier fighter units were referred to as. 零式艦上戦闘機 rei-shiki kanjō sentōki Typ Null trägergestütztes Jagdflugzeug) ist ein japanisches Trägerjagdflugzeug von Mitsubishi, das von den Kaiserlich Japanischen Marineluftstreitkräften während des Zweiten Weltkriegs eingesetzt wurde. Nearly every American fighter topped the 10,000 mark in barely half the time. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan produced some 10,939 examples from 1940 on. [77] The A6M7 had considerable design changes compared to previous attempts to make the A6M suitable for dive bombing. However, before the new design type was accepted formally by the Navy, the A6M3 Model 22 already stood ready for service in December 1942. MITSUBISHI. Consequently, further development of a turbo-supercharged A6M was cancelled. However, "A6M4" does appear in a translation of a captured Japanese memo from a Naval Air Technical Arsenal, titled Quarterly Report on Research Experiments, dated 1 October 1942. The Nakajima A6M2-N floatplane version of the Zero was called "Rufe", and the A6M3-32 variant was initially called "Hap". Lightning, 3. Lundstrom 1994, pp. Later, two variants of the fighter received their own code names. ... Reproduction without expressed written consent is forbidden. Applied Filters Clear All. Clouds, 8. [10] This detrimental effect was countered with an anti-corrosion coating applied after fabrication. In addition, the Model 64 was modified to carry two 150 l (40 US gal) drop tanks on either wing in order to permit the mounting of a 250 kg (550 lb) bomb on the underside of the fuselage. Yoshimura, Akira, translated by Retsu Kaiho and Michael Gregson. Stars/constellations, 6. Mitsubishi's chief designer, Jiro Horikoshi, thought that the requirements could be met, but only if the aircraft were made as light as possible. The aircraft was original and unique in both its brilliant design and labor-intensive construction. The Mitsubishi A6M "Rei-sen" was the primary naval fighter of the Japanese Empire heading into World War 2. Das Flugzeug wa… The fuel tanks were moved to the outer wings, fuel lines for a 330 l (87 US gal) drop tank were installed under each wing and the internal fuel capacity was increased to 570 l (150 US gal). [33] While stable on the ground despite its light weight, the aircraft was designed purely for the attack role, emphasizing long range, maneuverability, and firepower at the expense of protection of its pilot. I turned the 20mm cannon switch to the 'off' position, and closed in. An early production A6M5 Zero with non-separated exhaust, with an A6M3 Model 22 in the background. In this battle, the Japs dove in, made the attack and then immediately pulled out, taking advantage of their superior climb and maneuverability. The first two A6M1 prototypes were completed in March 1939, powered by the 580 kW (780 hp) Mitsubishi Zuisei 13 engine with a two-blade propeller. If a Zero latched onto the tail of one of the fighters, the two aircraft would turn toward each other. The shorter range proved a significant limitation during the Solomons Campaign, during which Zeros based at Rabaul had to travel nearly to their maximum range to reach Guadalcanal and return. Zero, also called Mitsubishi A6M or Navy Type 0, fighter aircraft, a single-seat, low-wing monoplane used with great effect by the Japanese during World War II.Designed by Horikoshi Jiro, it was the first carrier-based fighter capable of besting its land-based opponents. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Note: The Mitsubishi A6M Zero was a long-range fighter aircraft, manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and used by the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. Like many surviving World War II Japanese aircraft, most surviving Zeros are made up of parts from multiple airframes. Nakajima's team considered the new requirements unachievable and pulled out of the competition in January. The Mitsubishi A6M "Rei-sen" was the primary naval fighter of the Japanese Empire heading into World War 2. The Commanding Officer of USS Yorktown noted: The fighter pilots are very disappointed with the performance and length of sustained fire power of the F4F-4 airplanes. 5356/5451 – On display at the Pacific Aviation Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii. [20][21] It proved a difficult opponent even for the Supermarine Spitfire. Replica Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero Model 22 (N712Z). [46] Mitsubishi's involvement in the project was probably quite limited or nil; the unmodified Sakae engine was made by Nakajima. However, as design delays and production difficulties hampered the introduction of newer Japanese aircraft models, the Zero continued to serve in a front-line role until the end of the war in the Pacific. AVG pilots were trained by their commander Claire Chennault to exploit the advantages of their P-40s, which were very sturdy, heavily armed, generally faster in a dive and level flight at low altitude, with a good rate of roll.[26]. MITSUBISHI (1) Model - Applied. [43] One plane of such arrangement was photographed at Lakunai Airfield ("Rabaul East") in the second half of 1943, and has been published widely in a number of Japanese books. The Zero is considered to have been the most capable carrier-based fighter in the world when it was introduced early in World War II, combining excellent maneuverability and very long range. A new exhaust system provided an increment of thrust by aiming the stacks aft and distributing them around the forward fuselage. In contrast, Allied fighters were designed with ruggedness and pilot protection in mind. A feature was the improved range with 520 l (140 US gal) wing tank and 320 l (85 US gal) drop tank. In combat with an F6F or F4U, the only positive thing that could be said of the Zero at this stage of the war was that, in the hands of a skillful pilot, it could maneuver as well as most of its opponents. 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