Saturday, December 15, 2012

WW2`s Mitsubishi A6M Zero Japanese Aircraft Paper Model - by Shikisha


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The Mitsubishi A6M Zero was a long-range fighter aircraft operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service from 1940 to 1945. The A6M was designated as the Mitsubishi Navy Type 0 Carrier Fighter, and also designated as the Mitsubishi A6M Rei-sen and Mitsubishi Navy 12-shi Carrier Fighter. The A6M was usually referred to by the Allies as the "Zero", from 1940 the year in which the aircraft entered service with the Imperial Navy. The official Allied reporting name was "Zeke". Initially the British referred to it a "Nought Fighter" as they did not use the word Zero at that time, When it was introduced early in World War II, the Zero was considered the most capable carrier-based fighter in the world, combining excellent maneuverability and very long range. In early combat operations, the Zero gained a legendary reputation as a dogfighter, achieving the outstanding kill ratio of 12 to 1, but by mid-1942 a combination of new tactics and the introduction of better equipment enabled the Allied pilots to engage the Zero on more equal terms. - Wikipedia

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Mitsubishi A6M "Rei Sen" (Zeke) captured in flying condition and test flown by U.S. airmen

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Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero wreck abandoned at Munda Airfield,
 Central Solomons, 1943
O Mitsubishi A6M Zero era um avião de caça de longo alcance operada pela Marinha Imperial Japonesa Air Service 1940-1945. O A6M era geralmente chamado pelos Aliados como o "Zero", a partir de 1940, o ano em que esta aeronave entrou na Marinha Imperial. Seu nome do relatório oficial dos Aliados era "Zeke". O Zero foi considerado o mais capaz avião de caça de sua época, combinando excelente manobrabilidade e longo alcance. Em operações de combate iniciais, o Zero ganhou uma lendária reputação como um dogfighter, atingindo a excelente razão de 12 vitórias para cada derrota, mas em meados de 1942, um conjunto de novas táticas e da introdução de melhores equipamentos permitiu que os pilotos aliados lutassem em condições mais iguais com os Zero. - Wikipedia


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