A reader mentioned this review yesterday, and since I still own the rights to it I thought it would be fun to reprint it here. Travel back with me to July 17, 2011… Your humble author has just returned from California, where he has somehow managed to skip the vast majority of a press trip so he can run around Hollywood at night with his part-time girlfriend, whose fiance is back home in Texas running part of a gang with a name that sounds like an MPAA movie rating. Having overpaid for a rental car, he is determined to get a few of those dollars back. Thus, the 2011 Eclipse Spyder Review. TTAC being TTAC, much of the discussion on the post had to do with World War II fighter planes. If you’re interested in finding an Eclipse Spyder of your very own, why not check out the rather interesting livery on this stick-shift V6 example? — JB
By all accounts, the original Mitsubishi A6M Reisen, also known as “Zeke” or “Zero”, was a pretty decent little warplane. For a year or so, it had the edge on the porky old Brewster Buffalos and Grumman Wildcats operating, which is to say retreating, in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. The Wildcat was replaced by the Hellcat, and by the time the fabulous P-47 Thunderbolt arrived it was game over for the Zero. The “Jug” was virtually indestructible, while the Zero offered virtually no protection to either its pilot or its fuel tanks. It was apparently quite profitable for Thunderbolt pilots to fly head-on at the Zeros and just shoot at them until the Mitsubishi fell out of the sky, its return fire completely ineffective.
Still, the Zero was a decent little plane.
Every Mitsubishi built since then, of every type, shape, variety, and description, has been a complete piece of crap.