History in Flight
Rare warbirds star in a California airshow.
- By Linda Shiner
- AirSpaceMag.com, May 11, 2010
Frank Mormillo/ Planes of Fame Air Museum
Ed Maloney bought the Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero fighter, the only flying A6M5 with the original Nakajima Sakae 31 engine, from a scrap dealer in the 1950s. It was one of a group of aircraft captured by U.S. forces in the Pacific in June 1944. Maloney also acquired an aircraft logbook from the Navy, which brought the Zero back to the States and flew it in a series of tests at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland. One of the logbook entries, dated October 1944, was made by Charles Lindbergh.