WW II Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft – MAIN DATA PLATE – A6M3 Model 22 ZERO

$1,499.99

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You are bidding on a VERY RARE and 100% original Imperial Japanese Navy MAIN Component Data Plate from an A6M3 Model 22 “Zero” Fighter! 




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.

In order to correct the deficiencies of the Model 32, a new version with folding wingtips and redesigned wing was introduced. The fuel tanks were moved to the outer wings, fuel lines for a 330 l (87 US gal) drop tank were installed under each wing and the internal fuel capacity was increased to 570 l (150 US gal). More importantly, it regained its capabilities for long operating ranges, similar to the previous A6M2 Model 21, which was vastly shortened by the Model 32.
 

However, before the new design type was accepted formally by the Navy, the A6M3 Model 22 already stood ready for service in December 1942. Approximately 560 aircraft of the new type had been produced in the meantime by Mitsubishi Jukogyo K.K. 

According to a theory, the very late production Model 22 might have had wings similar to the shortened, rounded-tip wing of the Model 52.   One plane of such arrangement was photographed at Lakunai Airfield (“Rabaul East”) in the second half of 1943, and has been published widely in a number of Japanese books. While the engine cowling is the same of previous Model 32 and 22, the theory proposes that the plane is an early production Model 52.


 

You are bidding on a VERY RARE and 100% original Imperial Japanese Navy MAIN data plate from an A6M3 Model 22 “Zero” Fighter!  Made of aluminum, this data plate is in EXCELLENT condition.  Removed from an aircraft by a US Veteran, it features some marks and scratches, but it is VERY solid otherwise!  It indicates:

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Co. Ltd.

Nagoya Aircraft Factory 


 Type Zero Carrier Fighter Model 22

A6M3


Production No.  1151

Part No. 4882

 

 Most likely removed from the Wing or Landing Flap, all markings are VERY clear and legible.  Would make a SUPERB addition to any collection or display!


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