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Components recovered by Bruce Fenstermaker from Babo Airfield in 1991 served as a basis for this restoration. A few original parts, including the landing gear and wing trim tabs are original parts used in the finished restoration.
One of three reproduction Zeros built in Russia between 1994-1997 for the Santa Monica Museum of Flying for approximately $300,000 USD. Construction occurred between 1994-1997.
Afterwards, shipped to California as a bare airframe, without wiring, instruments or armament. When Santa Monica Museum of Flight closed, this aircraft was sold.
This Zero was moved to The Fighter Rebuilders for further restoration during 2003-2007 to finally bring it to safe airworthy status. The price of this re-restoration equaled or exceeded the original Russian restoration.
Around 2007, restoration work was completed and the aircraft was moved to the Flying Heritage Collection in Arlington, WA.
Ryan Toews visited in October 2009:
During 2011, this Zero was moved to Wenatchee, WA for additional restoration to prepare it for airworthy status.
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