Originally built in 1952 by the Royal Canadian Air Force for training, this T-6 Texan tells many stories.
"To me, it's about history. It's about keeping alive the history of our nation," said Integra Optics Founder and CEO David Prescott.
Purchased by 20th Century Fox, it transformed into a Japanese Zero replica, appearing in films like Tora, Midway, and Black Sheep Squadron.
"As a young child, I watched that show every week," Prescott said.
The Navy veteran purchased this plane a few months to continue telling its story.
"This is a replica of an aircraft that actually flew in the attack on Pearl Harbor," Prescott said.
Prescott says the plane is modeled after one that flew in the second wave during the attack on December 7, 1941. It is believed that plane survived Pearl Harbor and continued in World War II.
"It is believed to [have] later fought in the Battle of Midway, where the carrier Akagi was actually sunk and it was believe this aircraft was lost at that time," Prescott said.
After Hollywood, the replica plane was used in the airshow circuit to reenact battles. It was performing in 20 to 30 shows a year, and now Prescott is working to get it back in the air.
"Right now we're completely going through the whole plane, just doing it's regular maintenance," Prescott said.
Once a new engine is installed, Prescott expects to have it flying by March. He hopes to have it performing in 10 shows next year, to continue sharing its history and honoring those who served.