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Japanese A6M Zero leaving the carrier Akagi

Japanese A6M Zero leaving the carrier Akagi

Japanese A6M Zero takes off from the aircraft carrier Akagi on December 7, 1941 for attack on Pearl Harbor. Note the red stripe on the fuselage ahead of the tail and behind the round national ensignia. The red stipe was the marking indicating planes that belonged to the carrier Akagi. Also note the gasoline drop tank underneath the airplane. In this ocnfiguration, a Zero could fly sixteen hundred miles. In the Pearl Harbor attack the Akagi launched ten Zeros in the first wave, and nine zeros in the second wave.




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