First entered service in early 1937.
The A5M did have some landing accidents on rough air strips. However, in the air they were extremely sturdy and one made it back to base with 1/3 of its port wing gone.
The A5M provided air superiority in the second Sino-Japanese war of 1937 - 1940.
The first victories of the A5M was against Curtis Hawks of the Chinese Air Force.
A total of seven A5M pilots became aces, with Lt. Tetsuzo Iwamoto at the top with fourteen kills.
The A5Ms were used from aircraft carriers against Malaya and the Dutch East Indies.
After May 1942 the A5Ms were sent back to Japan to be trainers.
Some A5Ms were used in kamikaze attacks.