The “Blayd” Zero

Known as the “Blayd Zero”, this A6M2 Model 21 was built by the Blayd Corporation in the 1990s by reproducing original A6M parts purchased by Robert Diemert. The aircraft also used some original Zero parts in the landing gear, thereby earning it the status of restored rather than a replica or restoration. This of course is hotly debated by aviation enthusiasts.

Registered N8280K, the fighter is operated by the Texas Flying Legends Museum. In 2015, it was damaged in an accident when a taxiing FG-1D Corsair struck the A6M and sliced the entire rear section of the aircraft.

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