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The configuration of the guns is incorrect...

The A6M Zero from the Japanese Imperial Navy during WWII didn't have that type of weapons configuration. Those machine guns look like .50 caliber machine guns which were primarily used on American craft. The A6M Zero was armed with two 20 mm cannons on the wingtips, and two light machine guns on it's nose. I hope I wasn't the only one who caught that.

You are definitely right....not a Jap plane at all....in fact, I believe it's an F6F Hellcat painted in Jap markings from the movie "Flying Leathernecks" -<unsigned>
You are correct, but it is described in the episode as a Zero, therefore in canon, that is what it is. It shoulld be added a a background note what it really is, though. --OuroborosCobra talk 04:54, 20 July 2006 (UTC)
It is not described as a Zero or identified as any special airplane at all in the episode. Here's the only relevant dialogue:
What is it?
  • Of all the crazy things... Remember what I was telling you a little while ago, about the early wars and the funny air vehicles they used? That's one of them.
  • Can it hurt us?
  • Not unless it makes a strafing run.
  • A what?
  • 'The way they used to attack people on the ground.
Footage of several different airplanes was used for the sequence. Here's as what the Star Trek Concordance identifies the vehicles:
"Fighter airplanes: On the amusement park planet, World War II fighter airplanes appear, created from Esteban Rodriguez's vivid imagination: the first plane sighted is a Grumman Hellcat, which changes to a Chance-Vought Corsair in the dive, then to a Mitsubishi Zero in the strafing run, and then back into the Hellcat as it completes the run." --Jörg 08:06, 20 July 2006 (UTC)


Discussed above

Hi Alan from Oz. Long story short re "Shore Leave "and the Japanese Zero. Was watching ep the other day on Blu ray. Two crew- man and woman get strafed while running thru forest. One glitch is that for a sec or two there are two planes visible. The other is that the first glimpse of plane has US Air Force markings on the wing and then in the next scene it becomes the Zero in the pic here at Memory Alpha. I cannot believe this has not been picked up before. Cheers, Glenn PS reply to hughesgl@hotmail.com

See above. Nevertheless the Zero was given the closeup so I guess that's why it is getting the most attention here.--Alan (talk) 04:18, January 2, 2020 (UTC)
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