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Living History Flying Day - Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero

Dec 1, 2018

WHAT: Open to the public, Planes of Fame Air Museum (Chino, CA) presents its monthly Living History Flying Day on December 1, 2018, featuring the Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero. A speaker panel of distinguished aviation experts, historians and veterans is featured, followed by a question & answer period and flight demonstration when possible. The Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero will be on display and perform a flight demonstration (subject to change). At 12:00 noon, the Raffle Flight will occur. Become a member to enter the Raffle. All members are eligible to enter the Raffle, but you must be present to win.

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 10am–12 noon: Speaker program & flight demonstration. Museum doors open at 9:00am.

: Planes of Fame Air Museum, 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino, CA 91710-9085

The Museum is open to the Public, General Admission is $15; for children 11 yrs and under, admission is $6; ages 4 and under are FREE! (excludes special events). FREE Living History Flying Day Admission for Planes of Fame Members! Click here to become a Member!

Click here to get are coupon for $2.00 off one adult admission for this event! (when available)

Click on image at right to see the Zero in action:


Dr. Rob Hoffman is a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His research interests involve nuclear physics applications ranging from exploding stars to Stockpile Stewardship. Born to a Navy family, he is also a WW2 naval history enthusiast.

Outline of talk: “Lucky Lady Lou”

In the opening months of America's war in the Pacific Japanese victory was largely due to air superiority. A principle player in this drama was the A6M Zero. Well suited to the Samurai spirit, this plane emphasized endurance, agility, and fire power which, in the hands of superbly trained pilots, proved decisive. Indeed, the third largest Navy in the world banished the first and second from the theater in a matter of months.

The Zero's dominance was eventually erased by evolving Allied tactics, technology, and sheer numbers in the face of attritional losses to Japan's initial pilot cadres. With the effective demise of their carrier air forces by late 1944, in desperation, the enemy turned to sacrifice to stem the inevitable tide with the Zero returning to eminence as the most feared Kamikaze aircraft.

In this presentation I will use personal and official accounts along with combat photography to illustrate the tactics, planes, and successes of the fledgling Special Attack Units deployed against Allied Naval Forces in the Philippines. Special focus will be given to the fate of a particular ship, the Lady Lou, her hitherto charmed life, and an encounter with the Divine Wind that both resolved a mystery and began a journey no one could have ever expected.

Kevin Thompson
- Moderator, Historian and Modeler will provide an overview on Japanese Aircraft of WWII and will have models of Japanese Aircraft on display during the event.

: It is the Mission of Planes of Fame Air Museum to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation, educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans. The Museum sponsors regular events in the form of inspirational experiences, educational presentations, flight demonstrations, and airshows in fulfillment of this mission.

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