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Zero

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 24, 2004

    Japanese fighter aircraft of World War II manufactured by Mitsubishi. The name derives from the fact that it was designed in the 2,600th year of the Nipponese dynasty, which is to say 1940. A highly efficient fighter, it was not matched by any Allied aircraft until well into the Pacific war. The spider in Meatless Flyday (Freleng, 1943) as he is going down in flames -- the result of a multiple hotfoot administered by his prey, a fly -- laughingly exclaims that he is a Zero.

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