Built by Mitsubishi, estimated date of assembly December 1943. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as A6M5 Model 52 Zero manufacture number 4400.
During early 1944, assigned tail code HK-102 a base air group composed of a mixture of aircraft after the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) withdrawal from Rabaul to Truk. This Zero operated from Moem 1 Airfield (Moem 1) at Truk. At the end of the Pacific War surrendered to American forces. Afterwards, transported to the United States.
This Zero was acquired by the Planes of Fame Museum / Edward Maloney with the wings removed. Restored to static display with an aerial bomb.
During 2001, sold to Paul
Allen / Flying Heritage Collection. Registered with the FAA registered as N652Z by Vulcan Warbrids, Inc. on October 30, 2001. Placed into storage at an unknown location.
FAA Registry - Aircraft N Number N652Z
Thanks to Jim Lansdale for additional information.
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February 10, 2018