This rare and beautiful Zero is one of only three flying Zeros in the world. This plane was found on New Guinea (now Indonesia), near the town of Babo. It was restored partly in Russia, and partly in the U.S. and is based at CAF - SoCAL Wing Aviation Heritage Museum, Camarillo. Owner is David Price.
This Mitsubishi A6M2 was recovered from Ballale Island in the South West Pacific in 1968 and restored back to an airworthy condition with a Pratt and Whitney engine as N58245 . It was sold to the Pacific Aviation Museum as a static display in 2005 and its registration cancelled. The official FAA c/n was a part number and the c/n often quoted for this aircraft is 5356, which provided the cockpit. Other c/ns are 5451 (forward fuselage) and 5355. The markings however are for an aircraft that was forced down after the attack on Pearl Harbour.
This 1943 Zero has been converted to a two-seater during its restoration to airworthy status with an R-1830 engine. Whilst the second seat helps to earn the warbird's upkeep I suppose, I understand it does represent a wartime field modification to reconnaissance aircraft. An A6M-2K two-seat trainer variant also existed.
As one can guess from the folded-wingtips this was a Naval Zero and painted to represent a section leader's aircraft from the aircraft carrier 'Zuiho' during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, March 1943. This plane was discovered near the city of Kavieng on New Ireland, Papua New Guinea and after restoration was placed on display at the National Museum for the USAF in 2004.
This hulk has been relocated to Duxford while the IWM in London undergoes refurbishment. Nothing is really known about this particular airframe except that it was evaluated at the end of WWII by the Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit, hence, the scribbled initials.
Pictured taxying along the crowd line to take part in the super Airsho 2011 re-enactment of the Doolittle Raiders raid on Tokyo in 1942. In the background are some of the B-25s lined up and ready to go from rw10.
This Zero was built in 1942 and operated from the airstrip on the infamous Pacific island of Ballale (now part of the Solomon Islands). After the island was abandoned by the Japanese this and a few other aircraft were left behind and gradually overtaken by the jungle. The wrecks were recovered in 1968 and this Zero was restored (using parts of other Zeros) and is now on display at the National Naval Aviation Museum.