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Jim Lansdale 2005

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via Bob Rocker 2005

Aircraft History
This aircraft is a new built replica aircraft built by Blayd Corporation and Tri-State Aviation using new parts on a 1:1 scale.

This aircraft has no original parts. It is a new built aircraft created using patterns from A6M2 Zero wreckage recovered in the late 1960s by Robert Diemert who sold some original parts to be used as patterns to the Calverleys who later sold them to the Blayd Corporation.

Restored by Blayd Corporation and Tri-State Aviation using new parts on a 1:1 scale. On July 29, 2004 this Zero made a first flight. This aircraft was painted in the color scheme and markings of A6M2 Zero 6544 Tail AI-I-129, as suggested by researcher Ryan Toews. The initial owner was Jerry Beck.

During 2004-2011 displayed at the Fargo Air Museum.

During 2011, sold to Last Samurai LLC in Dover, Delaware. This Zero was registered with the FAA as N8280K on March 18, 2011 as Nakajima A6M2 Zero Model 21 Zero serial number 1498 built in 1941. In fact, this is a replica aircraft was no original parts. The FAA registration incorrectly lists it as manufacture year: 1941 manufacture name: Nakajima, model: A6M2 Model 21 and serial number: 1498. Today, displayed at the Texas Flying Legends Museum.

Classic Wings Issue 65 "A Perfect Zero" pages 18-22
Classic Wings Issue 65 "Camouflage & Markings" by Ryan Toews, p.22-23
FAA Registry - N8280K Nakajima A6M2 Model 21 Zero Serial Number 1498

Last Samurai | A6M2 Model 21 Zero | Texas Flying Legends Museum
Thanks to Ryan Toews and Jim Lansdale for additional information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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