The Japanese Zero was a type of aircraft used by Japan during the Second World War.

The airplane was featured in the movie From Here to Eternity, wherein Burt Lancaster's character shot several of them down. (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars")

A Japanese Zero appeared while Captain Kirk and a landing party from the USS Enterprise were encountering various constructs that were made to look like people, animals, and objects that they were first thinking or talking about while on a lush planet during shore leave. The encounter with the plane and its pilot included landing party members, Angela Martine and Lieutenant Esteban Rodriguez, being strafed by the Zero and, in their running from it, ended up with Martine striking her head against a tree, knocking her unconscious. Later, the Zero strafed the rest of the landing party as well. (TOS: "Shore Leave")

The footage used in The Original Series for a Zero was actually of an American F6F Hellcat painted to look like a Zero. It was armed with what appeared to be Browning M2 machine guns. [1] Ironically, the F6F Hellcat was the Zero's primary adversary during the latter half of WWII.
In the final draft script of "Shore Leave", this specific type of airplane wasn't identified, with the script's stage directions merely stipulating that the aircraft was to be a "vintage" airplane, depicted using stock footage.

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