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Constructed as a Harvard 4 by Canadian Car and Foundry at Fort William (Thunder Bay), Ontario, Can, this aircraft was taken on Charge with the Royal Canadian Air Force as 20225.

On 16 November 1981, a certificate of airworthiness was issued for the aircraft, now on the US civil register as NX15796.

Photographed with a grey colour scheme in 1985 by Tom Tessier at Chino Airport, CA., it was painted white overall prior to November 1991, when it was again photographed by by Tom Tessier at Chino

On 5 May 1998, ownership passed to Northwest Helicopters Inc, White City, OR as N15796, before moving to Olympic Jet Inc, Olympia, WA. on 13 March 2001, and owned by Olympic Flight Museum/Bryan Reynolds, Olympia Airport, Olympia, WA.

On 28 June 2012, Terry Fletcherphotographed the aircraft both inside and outside the Olympia Flight Museum WA. On 1 January 2016, a new certificate of airworthiness was issued.[1]

Notes

  1. Described as a Mitsubishi Zero, it is really a North American T-6 Texan heavily modified for the movie "Tora! Tora! Tora!" to look and fly like the Zero.
  2. This plane is flown by the Japanese 'ace' Horikoshi. The plane becomes heavily damaged after being shot at and rather than crash into the ground Horikoshi pulls a Kamikaze move and flies straight into the C-123 of the villainous General Simms, destroying both aircraft.

Sources

  1. http://aerialvisuals.ca/AirframeDossier.php?Serial=21218
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