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though strictly speaking, this is a Spanish built version, a Hispano Buchon, circa 1942, I think. Flypast magazine had a feature on the 1969 movie Battle of Britain, in which 18 airworthy Spanish 109s were used. Wonder if this was one of them?
Just the word Messerschmitt seems menacing.My old man watched one get shot down in the WWII over the village where he lived.The pilot bailed out & was apparently captured by the Home Guard & pitch fork wielding locals.
These are all great shots~
The air intake under the prop always makes me think that they are smiling. Beautiful aircraft.
Your dad’s story sounds great – was that in the North East Andy?
Thanks Ronnie, apreciated!
As for the smily intake Colin, my wife said exactly the same thing!
Stunning looking plane
very cool planes great shot my friend
Great shot of a formidable plane , apparently it was very difficult to taxi on the ground and novie pilots often crashed without taking off .
There is a ‘face’ on the nose! Nice angle for this shot Ian
I really dislike these goofy "Hispaniola-Messerschmitts" with their
awkward bumpy, V shaped noses. The Bf-109 airframe was 1st
flown using a RR Kestrel V12 but it was ALWAYS intended to be
powered by one of the German supercharged, inverted V-12
Daimler (Mercedes) Benz DB601 / DB605 motors (and /or Jumo
Inverted V12s) with their much more compact, aerodynamic &
exotic shape & engineering.
Nice picture. Here is a link to some blueprints for this beautiful warbird – Messerschmitt Bf 109 plans and drawings
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