Planes of Fame A6M5a Zero Model 52
Forgot I had these shots, taken way back in 1999. The PoF Zero is the only original Zero left in the world, with a Sakae engine, the airframe was never torn down. This was one of about 14 that were captured on Saipan and returned to the US. It was flown at the Fighter Conference in 1944 where the XF8F-1 Bearcat made its first debut. Charles Lindbergh flew it once and has a comment “handles OK” in the logbook with his signature.
Further proof that Steve Hinton is the luckiest guy on the planet. Flying these things is the only “job” he’s ever had, since age 18.
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