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Barn Find Messerschmitt Starts After Being Stored For 45 Years

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Amazing story of warbirds in a barn. Some one of a kind in the world. (planelopnik.kinja.com) 기타...

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Moviela
A Dutch air Ace was recounting his last battle of WWII for a British TV programme,

"These two Fokker's were coming up fast from below, and two other two Fokker's were coming straight at me."

The host interrupted to say that a Fokker is a type of German aircraft.

The Ace continued "Ja, but these Fokker's were flying Messerschmitt's!"
joelwiley
I heard it was the only WWI Swedish war ace on the Merv Griffen show long before George Carlin's 7 dirty words.. LOL anyway.
rbhallett
Pity about the music backing. Surely they could have faded it while the Merlin started up.
pilot62
5000' + per minute climb !! WOW
744pnf
744pnf 1
A different bird, but...

"A lightly loaded B58 Hustler would climb at nearly 46,000 ft/min (235 m/s)
skuttlerats
Great find! Great story!
ssobol
These are not really barn find airplanes. They were used in the movie "Battle of Britain" made in ~1969. The company that supplied and operated the planes for the movie received these airplanes in lieu of payment. They've been in a hanger for about 40 years. Why the owner did not do anything with them is unknown.

These are actually Spanish built versions of the 109. They are Hispano HA-1112 (or HA-1109). An interesting fact is the Spanish airplanes had Merlin engines in them. This is why the cowling, oil cooler, and exhaust stacks are different from the Messerschmitt 109s.
annellandfrank
Your spot on....I was at Moron AB North of Seville in the '60s. An active sqdn of 109s as well as German designed tri-motor tranaports was at Tablada airfield nearer to town....and all flew regularly!
FLGeographer
About 30 years ago I worked for a FAR 135 freight hauler based at KOAK. The CAF had a hanger down the ramp from us. Used to love watching the old warbirds come to life. Thanks for posting.
WALLACE24
Amazing the batteries were still up. :-/
gshenkle
The -109 uses a flywheel starter...no batteries. Hand crank the flywheel and turn the switch...
WALLACE24
Herr Shenkle, you got me there. Here I was making a funny about batteries and there are none. Duh!
gshenkle
Well, we were both somewhat wrong. The original -109 had a flywheel starter. These move -109s had surplus Merlins installed and they did have batteries. But I suspect that the battery was replaced as well as the engines gone over before the start was attempted.
joelwiley
"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush"
A bird in the barn is worth a cool mil.
GaAubie
All the German 109's had Daimler Benz engines with fuel injection, they could fly inverted while the Rolls Merlin had a carburetor that ran dry if inverted for very long. This was told to me by one of the few German fighter pilots to survive the War that I got to know when I represented his German company back in the 70's and 80's. he is still alive today living in Hamburg.
jdriskell
This is old news.
c38clark
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jamesadkins
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