The mitsubishi a6m zero was a long range fighter aircraft operated by the imperial japanese navy air service (ijnas) from 1940 to 1945. the a6m was designated as the mitsubishi navy type 0 carrier fighter (???????, rei-shiki-kanjou-sentouki?), and also designated as the mitsubishi a6m rei-sen and mitsubishi navy 12-shi carrier fighter. the a6m was usually referred to by the allies as the "zero", from the 'navy type 0 carrier fighter' designation. the official allied reporting name was zeke.
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