Mitsubishi A6M Zero 'X-133'
This restored example of a World War Two Japanese Zero fighter aircraft is one of the few remaining Zero's. After the conclusion of the Pacific Theatre of World War Two, most surviving Japanese aircraft were destroyed where they lay, usually by burning. Those aircraft in more isolated areas were simply left to rust, often to be stripped for useful components by local indigenous populations. Some examples were shipped to Allied homelands (principally America and Australia) for technical study, but by the 1950s most of these had been sold for scrap.
During the 1970s, surviving examples of Japanese aircraft were often repaired, restored, and placed on public display. Some further examples were recovered from battle zones and, in a few cases, renovated to high standards. There are doubtless many more still corroding in jungle areas or under the sea.
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