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Restored Zero Makes First Flight

Restored Zero Makes First Flight

One of Mitsubishi’s legendary Zero fighters took to the skies over Japan on Wednesday for the first time since World War II.

The restored plane made a brief flight from a naval base in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture. Decorated former U.S. Air Force pilot Skip Holm flew the aircraft. Zero fighters were considered one of the most capable long-range fighter planes in World War II, rivaling the British Supermarine Spitfire.

Only a handful remain in operating condition.

For video and the complete story by The Associated Press via The Japan Times, click here.

Photo by The Japan Times

Updated: January 28, 2016 — 10:01 PM

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