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  A6M5 Model 52 Zero Manufacture Number 5357 Tail 61-120
IJN
261 Kōkūtai

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USMC June 1944
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1950
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Planes of Fame 2001

Aircraft History
Built by Nakajima, estimated date of assembly April 1944. True serial number 357, the 357th produced by Nakajima. Assigned to the 261 Kōkūtai. Tail code 61-120.

Wartime History
During March of 1944, assigned to Aslito Airfield on Saipan.

Wreckage
During June 1944, captured by US Marines at Aslito Field. This Zero was one of twelve aircraft (plus spare engines) loaded aboard the USS Copahee including A6M5 1303, A6M5 4340, A6M5 5350, A6M2 5352, A6M5 5356, A6M5 5357 (this aircraft). All were transported to the United States for evaluation.

United States Testing
Assigned number TAIC 5, it was flight tested at Patuxent River, Maryland accumulating 190 hours of flight time. One of the pilots to test fly it was was Charles Lindbergh.

Restoration
Discarded by the military after the war, this Zero was acquired by Edward Maloney in 1950. The Zero was restored and first flew in June 1978 and has about 200 hours of flight time since the rebuild. Assigned Civilian registration NX46770 The Zero has done two tours in Japan, one shortly after it was restored, and was the first Zero to fly over Japan since the war, and again during the summer of 1995. This aircraft is the only authentic, flying example of the Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero Model 52, with its original Sakae engine.

Display
Displayed at Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California. This Zero flys in their annual airshows, or during special events.

References
Thank to Edward Maloney and Jim Long for additional information
Pacific Aircraft Wreks page 63 (upper left and right)

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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