Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero Fighter: Landing: Carrier


Fuel Selector Valve -- BEST
Arresting Hook -- DOWN
Mixture -- RICH
Propeller -- HIGH rpm
Canopy -- OPEN

Enter pattern starboard side
Altitude -- 300 feet
Formation -- RIGHT ECHELON
Break interval 30 seconds
Turn to downwind appx 1,000- 1,200 yds abeam deck
Landing Gear -- DOWN
Wing Flaps -- DOWN

Landing checklist complete on downwind, appx 150-200 ft
Abeam threshold, turn to base
90-degree position, 90 kts, turn final, pick up LSO


Airspeed -- 75-80 KIAS
Wing Flaps -- 30 degrees
Trim -- NOSE DOWN with full flaps
Approach -- 3-point attitude
Reduce throttle to idle
Watch for LSO cut signal

After landing, follow directions to parking

Japanese Zero checklists
Carrier landing in pictures

Landing Signal Officer
Landing Signal Officer

These images were taken in 2002 using a Creative 3D Blaster Banshee.

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