Replica Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero Model 22 (N712Z). The new exhaust system required "notched" cowl flaps and heat shields just aft of the stacks. 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. The Legend Flyers Zero under restoration in a small hangar at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. It also is desired to call attention to the fact that there was an absence of the fancy stunting during pull outs or approaches for attacks. 5356/5451 – On display at the Pacific Aviation Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mitsubishi A6M5 Rei-sen (Zero) operational range when compared to distances between major cities. Consequently, further development of a turbo-supercharged A6M was cancelled. The prototype engines nevertheless provided useful experience for future engine designs.[47]. [23], Allied pilots soon developed tactics to cope with the Zero. 4400 – In storage at the Flying Heritage Collection in Everett, Washington. [61] Nakajima manufactured the Model 52 at its Koizumi plant in Gunma Prefecture. 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. Nakajima's team considered the new requirements unachievable and pulled out of the competition in January. [31][34], The experts who evaluated the captured Zero found that the plane weighed about 2,360 kg (5,200 lb) fully loaded, some 1,260 kg (2,780 lb) lighter than the F4F Wildcat, the standard United States Navy fighter of the time. 1, 30 March 1945. Therefore, from number 4551 Mitsubishi began to install shorter bottom stacks. ", "Chinese biplane fighter aces - 'Clifford' 'Long Legged' Louie Yim-Qun", "Chuck Older's Tale: Hammerhead Stalls and Snap Rolls, Written in the mid-1980s", "Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet report, Serial 01849 of 28 June 1942: USS Yorktown (CV-5) Action Report", "The Akutan Zero: How a Captured Japanese Fighter Plane Helped Win World War II", "The transitional Zero: New evidence that supports the theory. 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. This tactic was first used to good effect during the Battle of Midway and later over the Solomon Islands. Some Model 21 and 52 aircraft were converted to "bakusen" (fighter-bombers) by mounting a bomb rack and 250 kg (550 lb) bomb in place of the centerline drop tank. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com. Only one prototype was produced. The A6M6 was developed to use the Sakae 31a engine, featuring water-methanol engine boost and self-sealing wing tanks. Like many surviving World War II Japanese aircraft, most surviving Zeros are made up of parts from multiple airframes. (Note, however, that the handling manual translation states that the new style of exhaust commenced with number 3904. Stars/constellations, 6. [20][21] It proved a difficult opponent even for the Supermarine Spitfire. The Mitsubishi A6M "Rei-sen" was the primary naval fighter of the Japanese Empire heading into World War 2. In attacking fighters, the Zeros usually attacked from above rear at high speed and recovered by climbing vertically until they lost some speed and then pulled on through to complete a small loop of high wing over which placed them out of reach and in position for another attack. If this is correct, it is most likely one of the 123 aircraft lost by the Japanese during the assault of Rabaul. Full step by step build of Tamiya's 1/48 scale Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero fighter plane (Zeke). ... Reproduction without expressed written consent is forbidden. The Mitsubishi A6M "Rei-sen" was the primary naval fighter of the Japanese Empire heading into World War 2. [6] Japan produced more Zeros than any other model of combat aircraft during the war. However, before the new design type was accepted formally by the Navy, the A6M3 Model 22 already stood ready for service in December 1942. 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. The Zero was wildly labor intensive, which is why barely 10,000 Zeros were built during its seven year life span. Quick Search. 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. There they were dismissed by most military officials, who thought it was impossible for the Japanese to build such an aircraft. The aircraft was recognized by its pilots as the "Zero-sen" based on the Imperial Year calendar (1940 at the time). It was the first shipboard fighter capable of defeating its land-based opponents. [73][74] During preliminary testing, its performance was considered unsatisfactory due to the additional engine power failing to materialize and the unreliability of the fuel injection system. The Nakajima A6M2-N floatplane version of the Zero was called "Rufe", and the A6M3-32 variant was initially called "Hap". Sekai no Kessaku Ki, Vol. 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. Most flying Zeros have had their engines replaced with similar American units. [60] Through production number 4550, the lowest exhaust stacks were approximately the same length as those immediately above them. The new version was so promising that the Navy had 15 built and shipped to China before they had completed testing. 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. In the picture the propeller airplanes flying slowly in front of general public. Built by Nakajima in December 1942. In this battle, the Japs dove in, made the attack and then immediately pulled out, taking advantage of their superior climb and maneuverability. Vintage Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero Fighter flying Birmingham AL USA - October 13, 2018 : Vintage Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero Fighter WWII fighter aircraft at a public event. See more ideas about wwii aircraft, ww2 aircraft, imperial japanese navy. Authored By: Dan Alex | Last Edited: On 5 October 1937, it issued "Planning Requirements for the Prototype 12-shi Carrier-based Fighter", sending it to Nakajima and Mitsubishi. The overall rating takes into account over. the A6M7 was also used in the special attack role. 4043 – In storage at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida. Some researchers believe "A6M4" was applied to one or two prototype planes fitted with an experimental turbo-supercharged Sakae engine designed for high altitude. General "Hap" Arnold, commander of the USAAF, objected to that name, however, so it was changed to "Hamp". Losing oil, Flight Petty Officer Tadayoshi Koga attempted an emergency landing on Akutan Island about 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Dutch Harbor, but his Zero flipped over on soft ground in a sudden crash-landing. 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). Research by Mr. Bunzo Komine published by Mr. Kenji Miyazaki states that aircraft 3904 through 4103 had the same exhaust system and cowl flaps as on the Model 22. A6M1 - Prototype Model Designation fitted with 780hp Mitsubishi Zuisei 13 radial piston engine. Whether this is correct, indicates retrofitting intentions, refers to the prototype but not to all subsequent planes, or is in error is not clear.) The initial prototype was unveiled on March 16th, 1939 and achieved first flight on April 1st of that year. One of those planes was the A6M Zero … Sizes are custom cut based on the artist’s creation. I turned the 20mm cannon switch to the 'off' position, and closed in. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations. 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. Values are derrived from a variety of categories related to the design, overall function, and historical influence of this aircraft in aviation history. The instrument panel was a "marvel of simplicity… with no superfluities to distract [the pilot]". 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 A6M Zero was also the first carrier-­based fighter to outperform its land­-based contemporaries. 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All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. As a result, some are referred to by conflicting manufacturer serial numbers. ", "Extra super duralumin and successive aluminum alloys for aircraft. Many highly experienced Japanese aviators were lost in combat, resulting in a progressive decline in quality, which became a significant factor in Allied successes. ", "Transitional model of the Mitsubishi ReiSen 52 (A6M5): Part II. "Quarterly Report on Research Experiments", Vol. This variant was flown by only a small number of units, and only 343 were built. Testing also revealed that the Zero could not roll as quickly to the right as it could to the left, which could be exploited. The official Allied code name was "Zeke", in keeping with the practice of giving male names to Japanese fighters, female names to bombers, bird names to gliders, and tree names to trainers. Mitsubishi had its own engine of this class in the form of the Kinsei, so they were somewhat reluctant to use the Sakae. [36], In 1941, Nakajima introduced the Sakae 21 engine, which used a two-speed supercharger for better altitude performance, and increased power to 840 kW (1,130 hp). While the engine cowling is the same of previous Model 32 and 22, the theory proposes that the plane is an early production Model 52.[44]. Based on the experiences of the A5M in China, the IJN sent out updated requirements in October calling for a speed of 270 kn (310 mph; 500 km/h) at 4,000 m (13,000 ft) and a climb to 3,000 m (9,800 ft) in 9.5 minutes. The Mitsubishi A6M “Zero” is a long-range fighter aircraft formerly manufactured by Mitsubishi Aircraft Company, the Zero was considered to have been the most capable carrier-based fighter in the world when it was introduced early in World War II. [18] The carrier-borne Model 21 was the type encountered by the Americans. 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The cowling was redesigned to enlarge the cowl flaps, revise the oil cooler air intake, and move the carburetor air intake to the upper half of the cowling.[38][39]. Tora!”, which portrays events leading to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. This caused hot exhaust to burn the forward edge of the landing gear doors and heat the tires. A complete radio set was to be mounted in all aircraft, along with a radio direction finder for long-range navigation. The Zero’s designer, Jiro Horikoshi, set to work in early summer 1937 in response to a Japanese Navy specification for a carrier-based fighter to replace the Mitsubishi A5M, which was just going into service at the time. It first flew on 1 April, and passed testing within a remarkably short period. [38]) 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 Zero had ruled the roost totally and was the finest fighter in the world until mid-1943."[4]. To my surprise, the Grumman's rudder and tail were torn to shreds, looking like an old torn piece of rag. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. After hearing of these reports, the navy immediately ordered the A6M2 into production as the Type 0 Carrier Fighter, Model 11. Armament was to consist of two 20 mm cannons, two 7.7 mm (.303 in) machine guns and two 60 kg (130 lb) bombs. "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. The shorter wing span led to better roll, and the reduced drag allowed the diving speed to be increased to 670 km/h (420 mph). Approximately 560 aircraft of the new type had been produced in the meantime by Mitsubishi Jukogyo K.K. Tora! It was designed to meet a requirement by the Navy for a dedicated attack/dive bomber version that could operate from smaller aircraft carriers[9] or according to another source, replace the obsolete Aichi D3A. On the downside, turning and range, which were the strengths of the Model 21, suffered due to smaller ailerons, decreased lift and greater fuel consumption. [31], Captain Eric Brown, the Chief Naval Test Pilot of the Royal Navy, recalled being impressed by the Zero during tests of captured aircraft. (Showcased performance values pertain to the, (Showcased armament details pertain to the. By September, it had already been accepted for Navy testing as the A6M1 Type 0 Carrier Fighter, with the only notable change being a switch to a three-bladed propeller to cure a vibration problem. 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 wings were redesigned to reduce span, eliminate the folding tips, and square off the wingtips. In one encounter, 13 Zeros shot down 27 I-15s and I-16s in under three minutes without loss. Image copyright www.MilitaryFactory.com; No Reproduction Permitted. [58][59] From number 4354, the radio became the Model 3, aerial Mark 1, and at that point it is said the antenna mast was shortened slightly. [12], The A6M is usually known as the "Zero" from its Japanese Navy type designation, Type 0 carrier fighter (Rei shiki Kanjō sentōki, 零式艦上戦闘機), taken from the last digit of the Imperial year 2600 (1940) when it entered service. 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