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Zero Type 62 At Yamato Museum – Kure

Posted in Places by tokyobling on October 21, 2014

At the Yamato Museum in the port city of Kure near Hiroshima it is possible to view on of very few surviving Zero fighters, the near legendary aircraft that dominated the skies of the early Pacific War some 70 years ago. It is a close relative to the Zero fighter on display in Tokyo’s Yasukuni war museum. This model Zero was designed for long range carrier operations and belonged to the 210th Naval Air Force Squadron at the Meiji base near Anjo City, Aichi Prefecture. I believe it is this model 62 that was used in the infamous Kamikaze attacks. This particular plane rested on the bottom of Lake Biwa where it crashed due to engine failure in August 1945. The pilot survived and was on hand to help in restoration when it was picked out of the lake in 1978 almost intact.

You can see my earlier post on the Yamato Museum in Kure City here.

Being so close to these old war planes they really do look amazingly big and heavy, far from the agile “birds” that you see in movies. Even if you can’t go to Kure to see this one for yourself, I recommend visiting the one in Yasukuni, where you even see it without buying a ticket to the museum itself.

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  1. spawn55 said, on October 21, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Muy bella imagen.

    Like

  2. photoflaneurie said, on October 21, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Like the one in the recent Ghibli movie!

    Like


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