Rare Japanese Zero to Fly at Planes of Fame

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The "Predator of the Pacific." The Mitsubishi Zero, will be the Subject of the Living History Flying Event December 4, 2010 at Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California. The event will begin at 10:00 with a seminar describing the most famous Japanese warplane of all time and conclude with a flying demonstration by the Planes of Fame Air Museum's Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero Fighter Plane.

"Predator of the Pacific," the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane, will be the subject of the monthly Living History Flying Event hosted by Planes of Fame Air Museum at the Chino Airport on Saturday, December 4, 2010. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a seminar describing the most famous Japanese warplane of all time and conclude with a flight demonstration by the Planes of Fame Air Museum's
Mitsubishi A6MS Zero fighter plane.

Certainly the best carrier-based naval fighter plane when it first entered service, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero came as a complete surprise to the United States and Britain when Japan launched its attacks against Pearl Harbor and other Allied facilities in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific on December-. 7, 1941. Yet, the Zero fighter had actually been in combat over China more than a year before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

However, the western world paid little attention to the specifics of those air battles over China and was under the impression that the Japanese were poor pilots flying aircraft that were primarily poor copies of older western designs. Shocked by Japan's initial success in World War II, the Allies then regarded the Zero as almost invincible. However, the Zero did have its faults, and once those shortcomings were discovered, its reign of terror in the Pacific came to an end.

An independent, non-profit institution dedicated to the preservation of the artifacts and history of aviation, Planes of Fame Air Museum was the first permanent air museum in the American West and a pioneer in the concept of restoring historic display aircraft like the Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero to flying condition. Staffed primarily by a core of dedicated volunteers, the museum supports it operations with donations, admission
fees, facilities rentals and proceeds from the use of its aircraft in various productions.

Planes of Fame Air Museum also has a special membership program available to the public, with one of the privileges of membership being the opportunity to experience orientation flights in genuine warbirds. At each monthly Living History Flying Event, members in attendance can have their names entered in a drawing for a free warbird orientation flight.

Planes of Fame Air Museum is open to the public from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, and is closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving. General admission is $11, youngsters 5-11 are admitted for $4, Admission is free for accompanied children under five.

For more information, call (909)597-7576 or visit the Planes of Fame Air Museum website at http://www.planesoffame.org.

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