A6M Zero – Los Angeles to Alaska – Pre Flight Checks

Today I was incredibly fortunate to fly formation with a WWII Japanese Zero. In case you don’t know how great this is let me tell you. There were over 10,000 Zeros built in the early 1940’s, of which only 4 remain flying today and I was in formation with it.
The reason I was so fortunate is because I accepted an offer to fly support for this airplane on a trip from Los Angeles, California to Anchorage, Alaska. I will be flying a 2006 Columbia 400 and Jason Somes will be flying the Zero. We are planning to fly 300-400 Nautical Mile Legs and we expect the trip to take 3 days in clear weather. Ken is coming along on the trip to capture as much video as we can, we are going to mount 3 cameras on the Zero and 3 cameras on our chase plane. We will have a great opportunity to capture some rare footage of a Zero on a long cross country flight.


Pilot Michael
Pilot Michael