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Video: Flying Japanese Zero With Original Sakae Radial Engine 

 YouTube user octane130 has a fab channel of WWII aircraft videos that really showcase the sight and sound of the engines on these aircraft.  This video of the only flying Japanese Zero to have an original Nakajima Sakae 14 cylinder radial engine is a great example.  The sound is just awesome.

 The airplane is owned by the Planes of Fame Museum in California, which rebuilt the airplane back in 1978, including having the original engine fully restored.  Apparently the few other flying examples of the Zero have had their engines replaced with more common U.S. radials.  It's quite an experience to see this beautifully restored historic aircraft fully functioning.   

 

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