Monday, December 6, 2010

Rare Mitsubishi

Air show

Headed out to Chino, California to visit this old war dog from world war 2.  This particular plane, a Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero fighter, is the only aircraft left that still has it's original Nakajima sakae engine.  From what I learned, the zeroes that are currently flying are using american equivalent engines, or what ever they can find in the back.  Luckily I was able to witness it this past weekend, at the Living History Flying Days hosted by Planes of Fame air museum commemorating December 7.

Being close to 70 years old it was amazing to hear it's engine rumble to life and watch it take to the air.  Kudos to the museum curators for keeping this thing flying!

But watching this marvelous piece of history, i can only imagine the terror this plane must have brought upon people who were on the other end of it's machine guns.

If you're interested in this airplane and other types military aviation and it's history visit their site for more information. 

Here's the link for the rest of the pics.
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