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  • Jappanese Zero

    I want your thoughts on the Jappanese Zero!!

    Peter Williams

    "We're not lost private, we're in Normandy"-

    Lt. Richard Winters 101st 506 pir

  • #2
    The Zero was a nice plane that could be built IN Japan.
    With industry IN Japan. That is a critical feature.
    Its range was amazing.
    Its 20MM cannon was not a good design.

    Being able to build its OWN fighter w/o help or license,
    meant that Japan had a very real edge over countries that
    WERE dependant on purchased planes.

    Were there better fighters in the world? Yes there were.
    But Japan had a need for fighters NOW, not later.
    The Zero filled that need.

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    • #3
      Japanese Zero

      Originally posted by panzerboy
      I want your thoughts on the Jappanese Zero!!

      Good plane. Traded pilot/plane survivability for manueverability. Shocked the Allies at the start of the war. Couldn't keep up with the changing technological trends in the war. Beating the Zero was what lead to the creation (indirectly) of the F4U Corsair and (directly) F6F Hellcat.
      Eagles may fly; but weasels aren't sucked into jet engines!

      "I'm not expendable; I'm not stupid and I'm not going." - Kerr Avon, Blake's 7

      What didn't kill us; didn't make us smarter.

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      • #4
        I think it's interesting how we ended up finally figuring out how the zero worked, do you guys know that story?
        "If my theory of realitivity is proved true, then France will declare me a citizen of the world and Germany will call me a German. However, if it is proved untrue, then France will call me a German, and Germany a jew."

        -Albert Einstein

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        • #5
          Originally posted by scuud
          I think it's interesting how we ended up finally figuring out how the zero worked, do you guys know that story?
          Yup. On the raid in the Aluetians to distract the Americans from Midway. A zero crashed landed and flipped over in the soft boggy ground. It broke the pilots neck but except for the canopy was a completely intact Zero.


          Cheers!



          Eagles may fly; but weasels aren't sucked into jet engines!

          "I'm not expendable; I'm not stupid and I'm not going." - Kerr Avon, Blake's 7

          What didn't kill us; didn't make us smarter.

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          • #6
            Zero

            The Zero was a very fast and agile. It had very poor armor but had a nice 20mm gun rack. The technicians specially built the plane to handle the weight of the cannons. In addition it had 2 or 4 7.7mm machine guns.
            Peter Williams

            "We're not lost private, we're in Normandy"-

            Lt. Richard Winters 101st 506 pir

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            • #7
              The Zero was great for its time in the areas it was designed to be great in, range, maneuverabilty and hitting power. It was definatly a plane designed to go into an area and be the one doing the shooting not the plane being shot at. As a carrier based fighter is was an amazing piece of machinery to start the war with, many fighters didn't have a zeros range at the END of the war.
              So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak.

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              • #8
                ARMOR QUESTION ON THE ZERO

                HOW MUCH ARMOR DID THE ZERO HAVE????
                Peter Williams

                "We're not lost private, we're in Normandy"-

                Lt. Richard Winters 101st 506 pir

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                • #9
                  I'm not exactly sure how little armor it had, descriptions I've read make it sound almost completely unarmored or possibly only very light armor over critical areas. Personally I think it's closer to none at all. Besides the lack of armor they also lacked things like self sealing fuel tanks and radios.

                  I've always thought that the zero was a phenominal aircraft for it's time, consider that the English were still flying biplanes from their carrier decks at the same time the Japanese were flying the zero.
                  So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak.

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                  • #10
                    Re: ARMOR QUESTION ON THE ZERO

                    Originally posted by panzerboy
                    HOW MUCH ARMOR DID THE ZERO HAVE????
                    None.
                    Eagles may fly; but weasels aren't sucked into jet engines!

                    "I'm not expendable; I'm not stupid and I'm not going." - Kerr Avon, Blake's 7

                    What didn't kill us; didn't make us smarter.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks guys

                      Another Question How long was the Zero in Service???

                      I'm thinking 1941-1945 or ealier
                      Peter Williams

                      "We're not lost private, we're in Normandy"-

                      Lt. Richard Winters 101st 506 pir

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                      • #12
                        Re: Thanks guys

                        Originally posted by panzerboy
                        Another Question How long was the Zero in Service???

                        I'm thinking 1941-1945 or ealier
                        It didn't go into combat till.....1940. Trying to remember my Flying Tiger history. It was used very little over China (because China was a Japanese Army deal). Not till Pearl Harbor did the world really see the Zero for the excellent machine it was.


                        Cheers!


                        Eagles may fly; but weasels aren't sucked into jet engines!

                        "I'm not expendable; I'm not stupid and I'm not going." - Kerr Avon, Blake's 7

                        What didn't kill us; didn't make us smarter.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Jappanese Zero

                          Originally posted by panzerboy
                          I want your thoughts on the Jappanese Zero!!

                          Maneuverable, well armed, but certainly vulnerable, especially to superior American training and tactics. One wonders why they never followed-on with more advanced designs.
                          Mens Est Clavis Victoriae
                          (The Mind Is The Key To Victory)

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                          • #14
                            how many types

                            How many models of the Zero were made during the war??
                            Peter Williams

                            "We're not lost private, we're in Normandy"-

                            Lt. Richard Winters 101st 506 pir

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by RStory
                              Yup. On the raid in the Aluetians to distract the Americans from Midway. A zero crashed landed and flipped over in the soft boggy ground. It broke the pilots neck but except for the canopy was a completely intact Zero.


                              Cheers!



                              This plane was shot down at Dutch Harbor. My wife's godfather was one of the men who disassembled this plane so it could be shipped back to the US for evaluation. He said it only had five .30 holes in it, but one hit the oil line and the engine seized. One of my highlights was having him draw from memory 60 years after it happened a scale drawing of its 20mm cannon and its ammo.
                              Lance W.

                              Peace through superior firepower.

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