Mitsubishi A6M Capability

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Mitsubishi A6M Capability

Post by BayonetOnAZero » 26 Oct 2023 17:56

According to some sources, the A6M (better known by its American reporting name: “Zero”) was a good aircraft in the early stages of World War II. Other sources state is was a bad aircraft in general while others even state that during the entirety of World War II, no aircraft would engage in a dogfight with the A6M. I would like to know how well or poorly the A6M performed, the difference in performance between different variants, and some of the maneuvers and techniques they used to get a gauge on how the A6M performed.
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Re: Mitsubishi A6M Capability

Post by Rob Stuart » 26 Oct 2023 23:17

The American reporting name for the A6M was actually "Zeke". It was called the Zero because the IJN referred to it as the Type 0 Carrier Fighter.

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Re: Mitsubishi A6M Capability

Post by BayonetOnAZero » 27 Oct 2023 18:11

Rob Stuart wrote:
26 Oct 2023 23:17
The American reporting name for the A6M was actually "Zeke". It was called the Zero because the IJN referred to it as the Type 0 Carrier Fighter.
Huh, I heard that it was also called “Zero” more often than “Zeke”. And I know they also called it “Zero” because it was referred to as the Type 0.
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Re: Mitsubishi A6M Capability

Post by fontessa » 28 Oct 2023 07:28

BayonetOnAZero wrote:
26 Oct 2023 17:56
According to some sources, the A6M (better known by its American reporting name: “Zero”) was a good aircraft in the early stages of World War II. Other sources state is was a bad aircraft in general while others even state that during the entirety of World War II, no aircraft would engage in a dogfight with the A6M. I would like to know how well or poorly the A6M performed, the difference in performance between different variants, and some of the maneuvers and techniques they used to get a gauge on how the A6M performed.
It is true that Zero was an "Invincible Fighter" at the beginning of the war. It was also true, the U.S. took serious measures to prevent this, Zero has become an "Ordinary Fighter". The story began in July 1942 when the U.S. got an almost intact Zero at Akutan Island in the Aleutians. This Zero was called the “Akutan Zero”. There have been many reports about Zero. The “International Intelligence Summary No.85” is one of them. We can read it by searching for the keyword "International Intelligence Summary No.85"

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Re: Mitsubishi A6M Capability

Post by BayonetOnAZero » 31 Oct 2023 17:31

fontessa wrote:
28 Oct 2023 07:28
BayonetOnAZero wrote:
26 Oct 2023 17:56
According to some sources, the A6M (better known by its American reporting name: “Zero”) was a good aircraft in the early stages of World War II. Other sources state is was a bad aircraft in general while others even state that during the entirety of World War II, no aircraft would engage in a dogfight with the A6M. I would like to know how well or poorly the A6M performed, the difference in performance between different variants, and some of the maneuvers and techniques they used to get a gauge on how the A6M performed.
It is true that Zero was an "Invincible Fighter" at the beginning of the war. It was also true, the U.S. took serious measures to prevent this, Zero has become an "Ordinary Fighter". The story began in July 1942 when the U.S. got an almost intact Zero at Akutan Island in the Aleutians. This Zero was called the “Akutan Zero”. There have been many reports about Zero. The “International Intelligence Summary No.85” is one of them. We can read it by searching for the keyword "International Intelligence Summary No.85"


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I see. I learned that it was an “Invincible Fighter” from a documentary that many Allied fighters in the Pacific refused to get into a dogfight with a Zero up until Japan just started putting pilots into a Zero and calling it good.
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Re: Mitsubishi A6M Capability

Post by ShindenKai » 05 Nov 2023 21:08

BayonetOnAZero wrote:
31 Oct 2023 17:31
fontessa wrote:
28 Oct 2023 07:28
BayonetOnAZero wrote:
26 Oct 2023 17:56
According to some sources, the A6M (better known by its American reporting name: “Zero”) was a good aircraft in the early stages of World War II. Other sources state is was a bad aircraft in general while others even state that during the entirety of World War II, no aircraft would engage in a dogfight with the A6M. I would like to know how well or poorly the A6M performed, the difference in performance between different variants, and some of the maneuvers and techniques they used to get a gauge on how the A6M performed.
It is true that Zero was an "Invincible Fighter" at the beginning of the war. It was also true, the U.S. took serious measures to prevent this, Zero has become an "Ordinary Fighter". The story began in July 1942 when the U.S. got an almost intact Zero at Akutan Island in the Aleutians. This Zero was called the “Akutan Zero”. There have been many reports about Zero. The “International Intelligence Summary No.85” is one of them. We can read it by searching for the keyword "International Intelligence Summary No.85"


Akutan Zero.jpg


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I see. I learned that it was an “Invincible Fighter” from a documentary that many Allied fighters in the Pacific refused to get into a dogfight with a Zero up until Japan just started putting pilots into a Zero and calling it good.
The Zero was a fantastic fighter in the early days of WW2 (and still the favorite steed of many veteran pilots at the end, and thoroughly enjoyed by the Allied test pilots that flew it as well), when it had top-notch pilots to fly it. Takes a great deal more skill to dogfight than it does to "boom & zoom". It's easily the MOST written about Japanese aircraft of all time. Lots of books, reports, etc, etc out there.

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Re: Mitsubishi A6M Capability

Post by fontessa » 05 Nov 2023 23:36

ShindenKai wrote:
05 Nov 2023 21:08
The Zero was a fantastic fighter in the early days of WW2 (and still the favorite steed of many veteran pilots at the end, and thoroughly enjoyed by the Allied test pilots that flew it as well), when it had top-notch pilots to fly it. Takes a great deal more skill to dogfight than it does to "boom & zoom". It's easily the MOST written about Japanese aircraft of all time. Lots of books, reports, etc, etc out there.
Hello, does "boom & zoom" mean "一撃離脱" by Google translation, "One hit and escape"?

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Re: Mitsubishi A6M Capability

Post by ShindenKai » 06 Nov 2023 01:27

fontessa wrote:
05 Nov 2023 23:36
ShindenKai wrote:
05 Nov 2023 21:08
The Zero was a fantastic fighter in the early days of WW2 (and still the favorite steed of many veteran pilots at the end, and thoroughly enjoyed by the Allied test pilots that flew it as well), when it had top-notch pilots to fly it. Takes a great deal more skill to dogfight than it does to "boom & zoom". It's easily the MOST written about Japanese aircraft of all time. Lots of books, reports, etc, etc out there.
Hello, does "boom & zoom" mean "一撃離脱" by Google translation, "One hit and escape"?

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Essentially, yes.

Boom & Zoom-

The goal of this tactic is to maintain a constant energy advantage over your opponents and making yourself as difficult to engage as possible. This is done by engaging a bogey while having a comfortable altitude advantage, diving on your opponent, firing (booming) and then climbing away to a safe altitude (zooming).

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