The Rise And Fall Of The Japanese Zero

Submitted by: squrlz4ever 3 months ago in Tech


An engineer's perspective on a revolutionary plane that had some significant trade-offs.
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Male 10,144
Great submission Squrlz.   Enjoyed it.

One of the things that saved US the war in the Pacific is that on December 7, 1941, none of the US Aircraft Carriers were in Pearl Harbor. 
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Male 1,886
megrendel I managed to get stuck on a website that had spent a great deal of time analysing the Pacific War - based on the single thought of "what if the carriers had been in Pearl Harbour that day?"  The long and short of it, was that Japan would have lost anyway.  However, the US would have not entered WW2 itself (i.e. it would focus only on the Pacific and remain neutral to the other Axis powers)  Germany would have reached a peace treaty with the UK and would have been able to concentrate on its Eastern Front.  Russia would have suffered far worse.
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My grandfather was an engineer and metallurgist who devised some method of oil cooling the American fighter plane engine blocks, which allowed them to withstand greater heat and pressure before cracking.  They previously weren't anywhere close to the german engines.
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Male 1,319
Good little short, that. Personally, I'd have liked more technical details, but I'm a geek that way. But good, none the less.
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Male 9,383
That was good, and what a pleasant voice the chap had. 
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Male 1,886
LordJim Irish.
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Male 1,468
I'm a sucker for history posts... Thanks! 
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Male 9,505
boredhuman You're welcome. I'm glad you liked it. Yes, this post was as much history as it was engineering. The Zero was really a brilliant design for an empire stretching across the Pacific--with one huge Achilles' heel that American fighters could exploit once they began to occupy the same airspace. I thought the author's information on the kamikaze pilots was interesting, too. 
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Male 919
Again , nice post Squrlz
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Male 9,505
jayme21 Thanks, Jayme!
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