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.
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