Japan : A6M3 Zero
In April of 1942, a new A6M model fighter was launched. The main difference between the A6M3 model 32 and the A6M2 Model 21 was the new Sakae 21 engine (1130 hp), which had a two-stage supercharger making it more stable at higher altitudes and a screw diameter of 3.05 m (150 mm greater than that of its predecessor). Also, the folding wingtips were removed, which increased the plane’s dive speed limit but reduced its maneuverability and range.
A total of 343 A6M3 Model 32s were made for the Japanese navy.
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