At the Battle of Midway US naval aircraft, spearheaded byDauntlessdive-bombers,destroyed four Japanese carriers, one cruiser and 250 Japanese aircraft, for the loss of one US carrier the USS Yorktown, one destroyer the USS Hammenn and 150 aircraft. This battle turned the tide of war against the Japanese in the Pacific.
THE JAPANESE A6M2 ZERO
More than 400 A6M2 and A6M3 (clipped-wing) Zeros had been delivered by the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. They had unprecedented range for a small aircraft, and their unrivalled maneuverability and powerful armament gave them superiority over every opponent. This was startlingly demonstrated in the Japanese carrier raid on Ceylon, in which they out-turned opposing Hurricanes, aircraft which until then had themselves been regarded as outstandingly maneuverable and exceptional dogfighters.
Nonetheless, in the great carrier battles of Coral Sea and Midway in May and June1942, where the Zero encountered some of the US Navy's finest pilots flying F4F Wildcats, the weaknesses of the Japanese fighter began to show. The A6M's lack of self-sealing fuel tanks and armour, added to the general lightness of its contruction, made it unusually vulnerable to battle-damage. At Midway many pilots were lost aboard the four Japanese carriers, which were set ablaze by the US dive-bombers. In the protracted and bitter Guadalcanal campaign losses of aircrew mounted, and as the quality of Japanese pilots correspondingly declined Allied aircraft achieved increasing success against the Zero. When more modern US aircraft, notably the F6F Hellcat and F4U Corsair, appeared in the combat areas in 1943 the A6M found itself outclassed.
The mainstay of the Imperial Japanese forces for the duration of the War, the "Zeke" ran circles around anything the allies could bring to bear against it in the early years. Lightly built and carrying no armor,its pilots relied on extraordinary maneuverability to defeat their opponents.Warbirds models three A6M variants. New to version 1.11 is the Model 21. It’s even lighter than the others and carries less armament (only 60 rounds for each of its cannons), but should prove to be the most maneuverable of the three. Primary Guns: A6M2: 2x 7.7mm MG (680 RPG) Second Guns: A6M2: 2x 20mm Cannon (60 RPG)
Bombs: 2 (100 lb.)Rockets: 0
Type: Single-seat Fighter Powerplant: One Nakajima NK1C Sakae 12,950 H.P. Radial Piston Performance:
Max Speed: 332 Mph @ 14,930 Ft.
Armament: Two Wing-mounted 20 mm Guns and Two Nose-mounted 7.7 mm Guns
with provisions for Two 132 Lb. or 551 Lb Bombs
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