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Posted By: James F. Lansdale <mailto:LRAJIM@aol.com?subject=Re: Zero Cockpit Colors/Saipan Zero [8-07]>
Date: Wednesday, 9 August 2000, at 9:25 a.m.
In Response To: Zero Cockpit Colors (Ryan Toews)
R. ANDERSON, of the Douglas Aircraft Company at El Segundo, in reporting on the analysis of a Nakajima-built A6M5 model 52 captured at Saipan wrote in February 1945:
"Interior metal surfaces of the cockpit enclosure and windshield are painted a matt black to prevent glare. All parts in the cockpit below the level of the enclosure tracks are finished with a yellow-green primer similar in appearance to the zinc-chromate primer used in American airplanes. The cockpit is the only interior area of the fuselage which has been treated with this type of protective finish. Numerous welded steel sheet and tube assemblies are located in the cockpit. None of these parts are protected by plating but are instead covered with a red-oxide primer and a black finish paint. In many places this paint has been chipped off with the result that the steel parts are badly rusted, locking (in certain assemblies) moving parts together."