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Power Program 1998
55 minute video
pilot's operating manual
still & WWII photos
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|Roaring Glory A6M5 Zero
Vol. 6 A6M5 Zero
Nothing could match the power, speed, range or handling of the Japanese A6M5 Zero fighter at the start of World War II. This DVD features the only authentic flyable Zero remaining in the world, in flight and on the ground. It is crammed with bonus material and supplemental materials that fully utulize the audio and special capabilities of the DVD medium.
The featured A6M5 Zero was captured June 1944 on Saipan and was formally a member of the 261st Naval Air Corps. Transported back to the United States, it was evaluated for flight performance, where experts like Charles Lindberberg flew the plane as a representative for United Aircraft Corporation. It is now owned by the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino California who have restored it to flight. It took five years to restore and today is the only original example left flying.
Walkaround the A6M5
The Zero was the first Japanese plane with fully enclosed cockpit. It consumes 131 octane fuel, and has a low oil consumption. This late Zero model had fire suppressant CO2 charges into the 65 gallon fuel tanks if hit - in an attempt to remedy one of the fighter's weakness - unarmed fuel tanks. The armament machine gun and cannons were triggered on the throttle, not the control column like in Allied fighters. Cocking lever for the forward 7.7mm machine guns were accessible from the inside the cockpit. The instrument layout was simple: flight instruments on left, engine instruments on right. The fact that the Zero was capable of flying at low power settings extended its range dramatically. Consumes fuel of 50 - 20 gallons an hour. At 170 knots, the rate is 40 gallons an hour.
Modern medications to the plane include American airspeed and altitude indicators, versus the metric ones originally used in the plane, and a more modern rudder assembly to replace the original simple bar and pedal configuration. And, combat configurations like the engine water injection are no longer used.
Zero In Flight
Interview with Mike Kwato
Kwato recounts his mission on January 3, 1944 when at 15,000 feet when they encountered Corsairs, and reportedly shot down Pappy Boyington over Rabaul. He recalls the kill, how he observed 20mm cannon hits on the cockpit and right side, causing the plane to smoke and at 1,000 feet before the pilot bailed out as the plane hit the ocean. Kwato speaks about his post war meeting with famed ace, Pappy Boyington, who told him "we are no longer enemies"
Mike Kwato's exploits in the "The Young Pilots" section with narration and reenactment of the servicing of the Zero. Included are his background as a volunteered in 1941, at age 16 and completion of training before being assigned to the 253rd Kokutai to Rabaul for combat.
Several photo sections allows the viewer to preview still images in a "Family Album" section and "Zero" that contain dozens of images. For viewers with DVD players in their computer, there is an 18 page pilots handbook PDF file that covers preflight procedures, take off, flight, landing. The disc also includes previews of other Roaring Glory warlord DVDs. Included are trailers for their F4U, TBM, P-38, P-47, F6F each is about two minutes long and introduces other warbirds in the "Roaring Glory" series.
Review by Justin Taylan
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