Mitsubishi A6M Zero

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A6M2 Zero
Type Fighter aircraft, Carrier-based aircraft
Propulsion Single-engine aircraft
Manufacturer Mitsubishi
  • Syd Adams
  • Tatsuhiro Nishioka
--aircraft= A6M2
Status Early production
 FDM Stars-3.png
 Systems Stars-3.png
 Cockpit Stars-3.png
 Model Stars-5.png
Supports Bombable
 Website The website for the A6M2 Zero developments.
 Repository The development repository of the A6M2 Zero.
Download Download the A6M2 Zero aircraft package for the current stable release (2020.3).
License GPLv2+

The Mitsubishi A6M Zero was a lightweight fighter aircraft operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service (IJNAS) from 1940 to 1945. The origin of its official designation was that "A" signified a carrier-based fighter, "6" for the sixth such model built for the Imperial Navy, and "M" for the manufacturer, Mitsubishi. The A6M was usually referred to by the Allies as the "Zero" — a name that was frequently misapplied to other Japanese fighters, such as the Nakajima Ki-43 — as well as other codenames and nicknames, including "Zeke", "Hamp" and "Hap".

After the delivery of only 65 planes by November 1940, a further change was worked into the production lines, which introduced folding wingtips to allow them to fit on the aircraft carriers. The resulting Model 21 would become one of the most produced versions early in the war. When the lines switched to updated models, 740 Model 21s were completed by Mitsubishi, and another 800 by Nakajima. Two other versions of the Model 21 were built in small numbers, the Nakajima-built A6M2-N "Rufe" floatplane (based on the model 11 with a slightly modified tail), and the A6M2-K two-seat trainer of which a total of 508 were built by Hitachi and the Sasebo Naval Air Arsenal.


Key Function
Ctrl+B Toggle engine boost (2 stages)
Ctrl+D Open / close canopy
Ctrl+L Toggle tailwheel lock
C Catapult launch
O/o Down/up hook
L Engage launch bar
l Open livery dialog

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