Mistubishi A6M Zero

The Zero was the most heavily produced combat aircraft the Japanese used during WWII. It’s career trajectory throughout the war was extreme. While it finished the war as an outdated aircraft used often for kamikaze missions, it began the war as a terrifying dogfighter that forced the American military to think fast in upgrading their combat lineup.

The Japanese made a trade off in designing the Zero. They created the plane to be as light as possible, which led to increased maneuverability. The down side was that they sacrificed certain types of protection for both the plane and the pilot. Once the Allies discovered these deficiencies, the Zeros took a quick turn towards ineffectiveness. Still, the legend of the Japanese Zero lives on, and the one visiting Tucson is currently one of only five flyable Zeros in the world.


General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 29 ft., 9 in.
  • Wingspan: 39 ft., 4 in.
  • Height: 9 ft., 8 in.
  • Empty weight: 3,984 lbs.
  • Loaded weight: 5,609 lbs.
  • Powerplant: 1× Nakajima NKIF Sakae 14 cylinder, air-cooled radial engine, 1,130 hp
  • Note: Our aircraft has a Pratt & Whitney R1830 enginePerformance
  • Maximum speed: 388 mph at 19,690 ft.
  • Range: 1,929 mi.
  • Service ceiling: 36,250 ft.
  • Rate of climb: 3,100 ft/min.Armament


  • 2× 7.7 mm (0.303 in) Type 97 machine guns in the engine cowling
  • 2× 20 mm (0.787 in) Type 99 cannons in the wings