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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 and issued an airworthy certificate on February 17, 2000 and registered as N553TT. When Santa Monica Museum of Flight closed, this aircraft was sold.
Sold or owned by LGT Aviation of Los Angeles, CA. Presently based at Mojave, CA. This Zero is painted in a green color scheme with tail marking A1-112. It flew in the Hollywood Movie "Pearl Harbor". Last inspected by the FAA on February 17, 2000.
In April 2008, an advertisement offers Zero for sale for $1.9 million USD.
Re-registered with the FAA as N553TT on March 17, 2009 by Bob Hannah Aviation LLC, Caldwell, ID. Listed as as "sold" on the Bob Hannah Aviation LLC website as of November 2009.
False Historical Claims
Another source states this Zero as "lost in the South Pacific, February 6 (or 7), 1943". This is impossible due to the model and date of manufacture of this Zero, if it is indeed A6M3 Zero 3858. Also that "The Smithsonian was at one time interested in acquiring this aircraft".
Aquired by ishizuka and shipped to Japan.
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