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Spencer the Great

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#1 12 years ago

Ok obviously it is a Bf-109. I was under the impression that it was the most mass produced fighter plane in history with around 30,000 being constructed. I was also under the impression that they are extreamly rare today. So rare that they were all in museums. This movie flies in the face of that! How many are airworthy?

Its a good looking plane and it sounds nice- it whistles like a mustang :p




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#2 12 years ago

That's a Bf109 G, they just recently restored it to operation condition, this was its first flight.




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#3 12 years ago

Sweet thanks for the info Mudra! First flight ehh? She started right up!

As a side note I was at the 2007 EAA Airventure Oshkosh airshow and I saw Günther Rall speak! He took questions from the audience but I didn't ask anything. I did record it though. Listening to the highest scoring living ace is not something one experiences very often:p It was, as we say in Minnesota, "quite the deal"




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#4 12 years ago

First landing was a bit bumpy.




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#5 12 years ago

Flying ones are rare, but they do exist. There was one up at Oshkosh a while ago. The only non orginal part on it was a Rolls Royce engine




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#6 12 years ago

Was it a Spanish 109? Some of the post war variants actually came with a Merlin.

Hispano Aviación HA-1112 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

You would probably recognize these the most from the film "Battle Of Britain"




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#7 12 years ago

No, they just couldn't find a working German engine anywhere, probably because we blew up the factories.




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#8 12 years ago

The one in the clip def was not a merlin or an allison. I could tell by the firing order. It idles much too roughly- Merlins and Allisons just purr, the 109 has a "galloping" idle

Also compare the locations of the exhaust stacks-- they are much lower on the 109, this is due to the inverted V12 engine.




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#9 12 years ago

The 'Bf 109' in the first video is the EADS/Messerschmitt Foundations HA-1112-M1L Buchon reengined with a DB605, making it basically a Bf 109G-6, another Buchon converted to a Bf 109G-4 with DB605 is airworthy in Germany with the Messerschmitt Air Company. The second video is an original Bf 109E-3, operated by the Russell Group, from Ontario, Canada. Messerschmitt Bf 109 Survivors - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia