WW II Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft – LANDING GEAR COVER RELIC – A6M2 # 91914

$1,299.99

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You are bidding on a VERY RARE example of an WW2 Imperial Japanese Navy A6M2 “Zero” Aircraft Landing Gear Cover Relic!  The AMAZING feature is that it still retains the original aircraft serial number!  Recovered from a wreck on New Guinea, however I do not have any further history.


 The Mitsubishi A6M “Zero” was a long-range carrier-based fighter aircraft formerly manufactured by Mitsubishi Aircraft Company, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy from 1940 to 1945. The A6M was designated as the Mitsubishi Navy Type 0 carrier fighter (零式艦上戦闘機, rei-shiki-kanjō-sentōki), or the Mitsubishi A6M Rei-sen. The A6M was usually referred to by its pilots as the Reisen (零戦, zero fighter), “0” being the last digit of the imperial year 2600 (1940) when it entered service with the Imperial Navy. The official Allied reporting name was “Zeke”, although the name “Zero” (from Type 0) was used colloquially by the Allies as well.

While the navy was testing the first two prototypes, they suggested that the third be fitted with the 700 kW (940 hp) Nakajima Sakae 12 engine instead. Mitsubishi had its own engine of this class in the form of the Kinsei, so they were somewhat reluctant to use the Sakae. Nevertheless, when the first A6M2 was completed in January 1940, the Sakae’s extra power pushed the performance of the Zero well past the original specifications.

The new A6M2 was so promising that the Navy had 15 built and shipped to China before they had completed testing. They arrived in Manchuria in July 1940, and first saw combat over Chungking in August. There they proved to be completely untouchable by the Polikarpov I-16s and I-153s that had been such a problem for the A5Ms when in service. In one encounter, 13 Zeros shot down 27 I-15s and I-16s in under three minutes without loss. After hearing of these reports, the navy immediately ordered the A6M2 into production as the Type 0 Carrier Fighter, Model 11. Reports of the Zero’s performance filtered back to the US slowly.  There they were dismissed by most military officials, who thought it was impossible for the Japanese to build such an aircraft.

After the delivery of the 65th aircraft, a further change was worked into the production lines, which introduced folding wingtips to allow them to fit on aircraft carriers. The resulting A6M2 Model 21 would become one of the most produced versions early in the war. A feature was the improved range with 520 l (140 US gal) wing tank and 320 l (85 US gal) drop tank. When the lines switched to updated models, 740 Model 21s had been completed by Mitsubishi, and another 800 by Nakajima. Two other versions of the Model 21 were built in small numbers, the Nakajima-built A6M2-N “Rufe” floatplane (based on the Model 11 with a slightly modified tail), and the A6M2-K two-seat trainer of which a total of 508 were built by Hitachi and the Sasebo Naval Air Arsenal.


 Made of aluminum, this piece is in EXCELLENT relic condition and is very solid.  Has some obvious damage as it came from a wreck, but features the MAIN aircraft serial number stencil prominently on the top, indicating, “91914” (this indicates it is from an early A6M2).  Some holes and marks, but it still retains traces of the original camouflage paint on the outside, as well as the Aotake Green primer paint on the reverse!  I have indicated its location in the last photo.  Someone could certainly research the main serial number to determine the exact history of the aircraft!  Would make a FANTASTIC addition to any aircraft collection, or simply as a conversation piece!


 

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