US Navy Lieutenant Commander Eddie Sanders taxiing the captured Japanese A6M Zero fighter 'Akutan Zero', Naval Air Station San Diego, California, United States, Sep 1942

Caption   US Navy Lieutenant Commander Eddie Sanders taxiing the captured Japanese A6M Zero fighter 'Akutan Zero', Naval Air Station San Diego, California, United States, Sep 1942 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   NA 80-G-12777
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Added Date 23 Jan 2009

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
27 Nov 2011 02:30:25 PM


The Zero was very maneuverable well armed w/
2x20mm wing mounted cannons and 2x7.7mm machine guns and had long-range. It did have its weaknesses light construction, no armor
protection for the pilot or fuel tanks.


Allied pilots developed tactics to combat the zero. The firepower from the .50 caliber
machine was enough to shoot it down most.


US pilots would use deflection shooting aim
just ahead of the zero, and the pilot would fly into the fifty caliber slugs.
Hitting the pilot, fuel tanks or engine he's gonna go down. Most of the time, the zero would break up in the air from the impact of those fifties.


The A6M2 Model 21 in above photo was tested until it met its fate from a US Navy SB2C Helldiver's propeller chewing up the zero's tail.
With such a war prize, you would think the navy would have follow me vehicles in front and behind with checkered flags and flashing lights, to warn other aircraft that were about to taxi.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
3 Nov 2015 03:30:38 PM

TAIL OF THE ZERO: s/n 4593

Photograph shows Lt.Cdr Eddie R. Sanders at the controls of Koga's A6M2, Model 21 Zero Fighter.
San Diego, Ca. North Island Naval Air Station 1942. Sanders studied the zero for a week, as mechanics rebuilt the aircraft.
Sanders made twenty-four (24) test flights in the zero from Sept.20, 1942 through Oct.15, 1942. The zero was also test flown by US Army pilots.
How close was the Navy to rebuilding the zero, mechanics rebuilt the zero 98% many of the a/c
equipment, was license-built copies such as the propeller, aircraft instruments and other systems of US equipment.
The zero had a range of 1,675 nautical miles or 1,930 statue miles more than any other carrier fighter of the time. It was armed w/2 x 7.7mm
machine guns w/500 rounds per gun and 2 x 20mm cannons w/60 rounds per gun

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