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A6M5-52 Zero

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A6M5 Zero in her old markings

This Mitsubishi A6M5-52 is the only authentic flying example of its kind. It is owned by The Air Museum Planes of Fame in Chino, CA, and is powered by an original Sakei Radial engine. It was built in May 1943 and was the 2357th Zero produced. The plane flew with the 261st Air Corps and participated in the air defense of Japan (Operation "Pogo"). In March of 1944, it was reassigned to the air defense of Saipan, Tinian and Palau Islands, and was based at Asilito Airfield on Saipan. It was captured in June 1944 during Operation "Foraged" and shipped to the US aboard the USS Copahee in July of 1944. After arrival in the US, flight tests were conducted at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland. 190 hours of test flights were conducted with one of the test pilots being Charles Lindbergh. This Zero was acquired by The Air Museum Planes of Fame in 1950. It was restored and first flew in June 1978.

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