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Once-feared 'Zero' fighter flies again over Japan

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  1. jdallen1222

    jdallen1222 SeƱor Member

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    Once-feared 'Zero' fighter flies again over Japan:

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/28/world/restored-japanese-zero-fighter-plane-flies-over-japan/index.html




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  2. Ohiophinphan

    Ohiophinphan Chaplain Staff Member Luxury Box

    I am glad there is now a fully restored, flyable ZERO. There are others in collections but I am not sure any others are flying.

    It shows how technology can make radically different choices. The ZERO was designed to be extraordinarily light. In the hands of a skilled pilot it was exceptional. But after those first 500 Japanese Naval Aviators died, the replacement pilots who flew it found it a death trap. Too light, too vulnerable, underarmed and unarmored. When the USAAF brought in the P-38, the Marines the Corsair, and the Navy the Hellcat; the ZERO was the wrong design track.

    But married to the most rigorous pilot training regimen of its day, the ZERO was a remarkable aircraft.

    Thanks for finding this.
     
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