0 (Zero) Fighter was a fighter airplane which was developed by Japanese industry before the Pacific War. The fighter had smallest Turn Around Radius Diameter that time. It was perfect for dog fights. For the people who are not familiar with how fighter planes fight, it is called "Dog Fight" to get your enemy's tail. Once you got your enemy's tail, you can shoot it down or you have control over the fight. 0 Fighter was almost designed for it. Some may say this fighter plane could fly long distance despite of fast speed and small quick and short turn around. This is the fighter plane which was used for attacking Pearl Harbor.
It became worldly known because of Pearl Harbor, it frightened allied army due to its flight ability, capacity, and efficiency in early stage of the Pacific War. There was no fighter plane in the world who could beat 0 Fighter until US introduced Mustang to fight against 0 Fighter. Japanese Navy that time trained and send a lot of young and skillful fighter plane pilot to Fighter 0. Being a 0 Fighter Pilot was the status for young Japanese that time and they were also afraid by US Navy and Air Force.
0 Fighter frightened Allied Forces all through the Pacific War. In early-middle stage as the way mentioned above. In later stage, it frightened US Navy more tragic way. It was "Kamikaze". Kamikaze was Special Attack (Tokubetsu Kogeki, Tokko in short), suicide attack, changing fighter plane itself to be the bomb to crash into enemy ship or base with pilot. So the method is same as adopted by terrorists today, I need to admit it.
Close to the end of the war, all experienced and skillful pilots were lost. Japanese Navy trained young people for short time like 3-6 months to make them to be Kamikaze pilot. Only to Kamikaze pilot, nothing else, nothing more, nothing less. They were not trained for skills and techniques to fight, maneuver, control airplane. They were just trained to crash into enemy ships. How terrible.
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