Operation: Western, Central and Eastern USA
Model: A6M2 Zero (Replica)
Wing Span: 45' 0"
Length: 29' 5"
Height: 11' 0"
Max Speed: 265 mph
Gross Weight: 5,850 lbs
Power Plant: Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN2
Fuel Capacity: 140 gallons
Armament: 2 "Hollywood" propane / oxygen
Jackson's Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero (Replica) "TORA 101"
Doug Jackson is
the owner and operator of this
Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero (Replica) "TORA 101"
which is available for airshows, flybys and film
throughout the USA.
"TORA 101", the Wichita based Japanese Zero Fighter
Replica, was actually built in 1952 by the Canadian Car
& Foundry Company. The Royal Canadian Air Force accepted
it as a Harvard MKIV advanced trainer on 1/14/53 as
20473 was the seventh from the last Harvard made for
the RCAF, and was first based with the First Flight
Training Squadron in Penhold, Alberta, Canada, then at
Centralia, Ontario. After 6000 flying hours, on 2/2/68
it was released through the Crown Asset Disposition
"TORA 101" was built up by Twentieth Century Fox
Studios in 1969 as an IJN A6M2 Model 21 Zero Fighter
Replica patterned after a real Zero used in the Japanese
Pearl Harbor raid of December 7, 1941. Along with 50
other Harvards, AT6 Texans, and Consolidated BT13's,
they were highly modified and transformed into Zero
fighters, Val dive bombers, and Kate torpedo bomber
replicas for their movie, TORA! TORA! TORA! This
movie accurately recreated the Japanese attack on Pearl
Harbor on December 7, 1941. No expense was spared: in
fact, the studio spent more than the Japanese did on the
actual raid! "TORA 101" was also in the movie Midway
and in the television series Baa Baa Black Sheep.
So "TORA 101" and its other "costars" were transformed
into the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy, "TORA 101"
was used extensively, painted with various tail
markings, such as AI-127, and then with no tail
markings. It flew at the El Toro Naval Air Station, off
of the American aircraft carrier "Yorktown," and at
Barbers Point and Ford Island in Hawaii.
After the movie, "TORA 101" was purchased in 1972 by
Challenge Publications. "TORA 101" tail markings were
repainted to what at that time was thought to be Lt.
Cdr. Shigeru Itaya's aircraft "AI-101" (carrier: AKAGI,
Zero 101). Itaya was Hikotaicho, overall Fighter Group
Lead, heading the first wave of Zeros in the Pearl
Harbor attack. More recent research uncovered that Itaya
actually flew Zero AI-159. Photographs taken by the
Japanese show that on the day of the Pearl Harbor
attack, AI-101 was flown by P01C Tadao Kimura, wingman
for Lt. Saburo Shindo, second wave Buntaicho, Zero Group
Kimura and Shindo were of the few Japanese who took
part at Pearl Harbor to survive the war, while Itaya was
killed in 1944. Kimura passed away in the early '90's in Osaka
Japan, while Shindo lived in Hiroshima City until he
passed away a few years ago now.
After three more owners, "TORA 101" was
donated in 1979
to the Experimental Aircraft Association, with Gus Limbach as the primary pilot. At the EAA, they swapped
the existing nongeared engine and two bladed propeller
to a geared engine with three bladed propeller. The more
realistic looking engine and propeller combination came
from the other TORA Zero that the EAA had at the time,
tail number -147.
"TORA 101" has been owned since 1982 by Doug Jackson of
Wichita, Kansas. Since then, Doug has flown "TORA 101"
some 1500 hours in over 500 airshow performances
throughout the United States. The most popular routine
done by Doug in "TORA 101" is the Zero Dogfight with long
time Dogfight partner, the CAF P51D "Gunfighter" of
Omaha, NE. For 2007, additional Zero Dogfight partners
now include the Lone Star Flight Museum's F6F, F4U, and
P47, as well as Dacy Airshow's Vlado Lenoch in his P51
"Moonbeam McSwine". Other routines available from
101" are a solo "Surprise Airfield Attack" routine (day
or night), flying with other airshow warbirds, and
static display before/after flying. Doug also flies "TORA
101" with the CAF TORA! TORA! TORA! group, and is a
member of most warbird and professional airshow
Jackson & Associates
P.O. Box 9506
Wichita, Kansas 67277
Phone: (316) 942-3288
Fax: (316) 942-6912
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