Publication Type: Magazine Article
Source: New Zealand Wings Magazine, Volume 41, Issue 03, Number 03 (1973)
Abstract: <p>Pictured in a disassembled state is the RNZAF's only Japanese aircraft, Mitsubishi A6M Zero 22 NZ6000</p>
Parent Issue: 5560 UNUSUAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF AN UNUSUAL AEROPLANE: Pictured in a disassembled state is the RNZAF's only Japanese aircraft, Mitsubishi A6M Zero 22 NZ6000. Believed to be at Ardmore, these RNZAF photographs were taken in February 1958. It would appear they were taken just prior to the Zero being re-assembled and made ready for the RNZAF's 21st birthday celebrations the following month when it was on public display in a hangar at Ohakea.
The Zero was captured at Kara, South Bougainville, at the end of hostilities with Japan and was flown to Kieta by Wg Cmdr W. R. Kofoed. It was then shipped to New Zealand to be used for training and it was allocated the serials NZ6000 and INST113. However, it was not used in this role and appears to have languished in the hangar until 1958, at least.