The Zero fighter was one of the greatest fighters of World War II. It’s been 50 years since this aircraft – a legendary Japanese dogfighter – was gunned down over New Guinea, and soon the plane will be shipped to the United States before making its way to veteran Steve Barber. Mitsubishi was first established in 1870 and grew to be a major industrial giant in Japan, involved in shipping, heavy industry and aviation. More Zero-Sens were produced than any other wartime Japanese aircraft. Zero, also called Mitsubishi A6M or Navy Type 0, fighter aircraft, a single-seat, low-wing monoplane used with great effect by the Japanese during World War II.Designed by Horikoshi Jiro, it was the first carrier-based fighter capable of besting its land-based opponents. Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero cockpit Zeke Imperial War Museum - Hangar 4 - Duxford England. - Nakajima No. Bottom Right: The cockpit of Model 22 c/n 3844. Ryan Re: Zero Cockpit Colors One of those planes was the A6M Zero … The Mitsubishi aircraft company's first Zero paint scheme, herein designated M-01, has been described as a glossy pale olive-gray or "a glossy grey-green." It covered all exterior surfaces to the exclusion of the engine cowling and upper canopy deck aft of the cockpit. The aircraft was original and unique in both its brilliant design and labor-intensive construction. The first Mitsubishi Zero cited is not from the Nimitz Museum and has not definitely been identified as a Mitsubishi built Zero at all and may indeed have come from a Nakajima Zero. Many parts are missing, but the Mitsubishi Cockpit Color, a yellow green close to FS 34528 is clearly shown. Type - Type Zero Carrier Fighter Aircraft construction no. The power switchboard alone is a dark black-green, not black as was thought previously. May 9, 2018 [3000 x 2003] The cockpit canopy likewise uses ordinary glass, all flat plate except for the segments in the curved top, edges of which are beveled and rubber-mounted. More research is obviously needed here. The year is 1991, and researchers have discovered the wreck of a Mitsubishi Zero A6M deep within the Indonesian jungle. Credit to Steve Kilvington. The Mitsubishi A6M Zero Fighter was the finest shipboard fighter in the world during the first year of the Pacific War. Parts No. Are there any other examples out there to add to the list? It was the first shipboard fighter capable of defeating its land-based opponents. The light aluminum-and-plywood frame slides 27 in. Mitsubishi alone produced 3,879 aircraft of this type, and Nakajima built 6,215. All together, with the 844 trainer and floatplane variants produced by Sasebo, Hitachi and Nakajima, production of the A6M series aircraft totaled 10,938 aircraft. Mitsubishi Aircraft Company, founded in 1928, went on to build lethal fighter planes for the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. The cockpit data plate reveals nothing beyond type, model, and installed engine type, whilst the data plate from fuselage centre section reads: Manufacturer - Nakajima Airplane Co., Ltd. This iconic Japanese manufacturer built the legendary A6M Zeke “Zero” fighter during World War II.