The Zero aeroplane is an iconic Second World War 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 bird's-eye-view of the plane.



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.

This Japanese warbird, the Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero-sen 22, was damaged and rebuilt during the last few months of the Second World War, 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 Kamikaze instructor
The Zero

Two Men and a Plane

The Zero

On 15 September 1945 the Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero landed at Piva airfield in Bougainville. This aircraft is now on display on Level 2. In this article by Gail Romano, Associate Curator War History, learn about two men of different nationalities who were each instrumental in the Zero’s acquisition.

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