Mitsubishi A6M Zero

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Mitsubishi A6M Zero
Koichi Shikishima's Mitsubishi A6M Zero after landing at Odo Island in Godzilla Minus One
Height 3.05 meters (A6M2)[1]
Length 9.06 meters (A6M2)[1]
Wingspan 12 meters (A6M2)[1]
Targets P-51 MustangKSI, GodzillaGMO
Piloted by Gunpei IkariKSI
Koichi ShikishimaGMO
First appearance Latest appearance
Kong: Skull Island Godzilla Minus One

The Mitsubishi A6M Zero, officially designated the Navy Type 0 carrier fighter (零式艦上戦闘機,   Rei-shiki-kanjō-sentōki), also commonly referred to as the Reisen (零戦,   Reisen, lit. 'zero fighter') or simply Zero (ゼロ) or the Allied reporting name Zeke, is a carrier-based fighter aircraft used extensively by Imperial Japan during World War II, entering into service in 1940 and remaining in use with the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service until the end of the war in 1945. It appears in the openings of the 2017 Monsterverse film Kong: Skull Island and the 2023 Godzilla film Godzilla Minus One.

History

Monsterverse

Kong: Skull Island

Hank Marlow watches as Gunpei Ikari's A6M Zero falls out of the sky in Kong: Skull Island

In 1944, Japanese pilot Gunpei Ikari downed American pilot Hank Marlow's P-51 Mustang over Skull Island with his A6M Zero during a close-range dogfight. However, his plane sustained critical damage during the fight as well, forcing him to bail out and parachute to the island's shore below. After becoming friends, the pilots incorporated pieces of both aircraft, as well as portions of a B-29 Superfortress, into a boat called the Grey Fox.

Reiwa era

Godzilla Minus One

Sosaku Tachibana and his team of mechanics inspecting Koichi Shikishima's A6M Zero on Odo Island in Godzilla Minus One

In August 1945, during the closing days of World War II, Koichi Shikishima, a kamikaze pilot, flew his A6M5 Model 52 Zero to Odo Island's airbase, claiming that he had encountered mechanical problems with the aircraft. Sosaku Tachibana, an Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service mechanic, and his team inspected the aircraft, but could find nothing wrong with it, and he deduced that Shikishima had feigned technical difficulties as a means to avoid carrying out his mission.

That night, a giant monster emerged from the Pacific Ocean and began rampaging, killing any members of the garrison he could get his jaws on. As the monster, known in Odo Island folklore as Godzilla, briefly paused his assault, Tachibana sent Shikishima to climb aboard the Zero and use its 20 mm gun to defend the island. However, paralyzed by fear, Shikishima was unable to fire on Godzilla, who began brutally dispatching the mechanics after they angered him with gunfire. Terrified, Shikishima got out of the Zero and attempted to flee, only for Godzilla to grab hold of the plane with his jaws and throw it into the air, causing it to explode when it fell back to the ground. Caught in the shockwave from the explosion, Shikishima was launched forward by the blast and landed hard on the ground, having just enough time to look at Godzilla before he fell unconscious. With no possible means of fighting back left, the remaining survivors, with the exception of Tachibana and Shikishima, were all killed by Godzilla.

Capabilities

Flight

The Mitsubishi A6M Zero could fly at a top speed of 317 to 332 miles per hour.[2]

Guns
Bombs
  • Wing hardpoints for two 60 kg (130 lb) bombs, or one fixed, belly-mounted 250 kg (550 lb) bomb for use in kamikaze attacks.

Gallery

Godzilla Minus One

Trivia

  • A Mitsubishi A6M Zero appears on the Japanese theatrical poster for the 1954 Godzilla film, though not in the film itself. In real life, Zeros were never utilized for postwar defense.

References

This is a list of references for Mitsubishi A6M Zero. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Francillon, Rene J. (1966). Aircraft Profile #129: The Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero-sen (September 1982 Canada reprint ed.). Berkshire: Profile Publications.
  2. "How Fast Was The Zero?". Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. 9 April 2012.

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