Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter

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Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter
Directed by Bernard Vorhaus
Produced by United States Army Air Forces
Starring Ronald Reagan
Narrated by Art Gilmore
Distributed by Office of War Information
Release date
  • February 2, 1943 (1943-02-02)
Running time
20 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter is a 1943 educational dramatic short produced by the United States Air Force during World War II. The film's purpose was to instruct pilots in the Pacific theater about recognizing hostile planes at long distances and avoid "friendly fire" incidents.


Most of the film is taken up with a short play in which a young pilot, portrayed by Ronald Reagan, is ordered on reconnaissance missions of the Pacific and encounters another plane which he can't tell is friendly or not. This plot is interspersed with animated segments illustrating the physical characteristics of the Japanese Zero and how it can be distinguished from an American plane.

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