The Zero aeroplane is an iconic World War II object which many Museum visitors come to see. It is displayed in its own gallery that has viewing platforms from which visitors can have a birds-eye-view of the plane.
This Japanese warbird, the Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero-sen 22, was damaged and rebuilt during the last few months of World War II, which ended before it could fly its final mission. The kamikaze pilot's mission was to crash into the target, causing great damage to the enemy and certain death to himself.
"In April 1945 falling flowers of cherry trees seemed to symbolise the fate of young pilots".
— Nobuya Kinase
World War II Kamikazi instructor
The mainstay of Japan’s air war in the Pacific this Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero-sen 22 was intended to be flown on a kamikaze mission. Technical problems prevented it from fulfilling its mission.