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Mitsubishi A6M5 Reisen
A6M5
Note: Base stats only (no upgrade installed)
Rank 12
Battle Rating {{{rating}}}
Type Fighter
Maximum Speed on height 565 km/h
Maximum Altitude 10,900 m
Turn Time 19.1 seconds
Rate of Climb 14 m/s
Takeoff Run 292 m
Armament 2x 7.7mm Type 97 machine guns (1000 rds)
2x 20mm Type 99 Mk. 2 cannons (120 rds)
Burst Mass 3.53kg/s

The Mitsubishi A6M5 Reisen (code name «Zeke»), often referred to as the "Zero" due to its naval designation as the Type 0, is a single-seat carrier based monoplane fighter currently sitting at Tier 12 in the Japanese line. The upfront cost of a A6M5 is 820,000 Lion. It is also available as a gift aircraft for purchasing the Japanese Pacific Campaign (1941-1942).

Design, Development & Operational HistoryEdit

At the beginning of the war, A6M series planes were among the best fighter planes, not only in Japan but also in the world. However, over time, better Japanese aircraft were needed to effectively counter such enemies as the American F6F Hellcat and the F4U Corsair. The Japanese Navy needed a carrier-based fighter with better speed than the A6Ms could offer. Japan had no engine more powerful than the Sakae 21 (used for the A6M3), so to create the A6M5 Model 52 they had to come up with a number of tricks to coax the best performance they could out of it. The plane’s non-folding wings had rounded wingtips, and their span was reduced to 11 meters (one meter shorter than the A6M2 Model 21). The exhaust system was improved by replacing the common exhaust system with separate exhaust nozzles for each pair of cylinders.

All of these changes reduced mobility but increased speed, making the model 52 the fastest of all the Zeros. A diving A6M5 model 52 could reach speeds of up to 657 kilometers per hour. A total of 747 A6M5 model 52s were produced.



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