(Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero)
Welcome to Factual Friday! Today’s topic: The Mitsubishi A6M fighter, aka the Zeke or Zero.
This fighter was one of the most fearsomely consistent fighter planes of WWII. Over 10,400 were built. Of those, only 2 remain airworthy today.
Of the 125 sent to Pearl Harbor, only 9 failed to return.
Maximum speed: 565 km/h (350 mph)
Range: 1800 km (1200 miles) with a drop-tank
Maximum ceiling: 38,500 ft
- two 7.7 mm (.303 cal) machine guns with 600 rounds above the engine
- two 20 mm (.79 in) type 00 cannon with 100 rounds each in the wings
- two 60 kg (130 lbs) bombs under each wing (if suicide mission, on 250 kg/550 lbs bomb was attached)
More of these planes were manufactured than any other Japanese aircraft of the war and more were used in kamikaze attacks than any other type of Japanese aircraft.
Variations: A6M, A6M2, A6M3, A6M5c
(courtesy of “The Aviation Factfile: Aircraft of World War II” – General Editor: Jim Winchester)