Spain’s Messerschmitt Bf 109 Hybrids: The Hispano Aviación HA-1112 Tripala and Buchón

In December 2016 I headed to the outskirts of Madrid in Spain, to visit the Spanish Air Force Museum (Museo de Aeronáutica y Astronáutica de España).  The museum was inexpensive to enter (just 3 euros in 2016) but to see such a large collection of aircraft spanning the history of the Spanish Air Force, along with aircraft… Read More Spain’s Messerschmitt Bf 109 Hybrids: The Hispano Aviación HA-1112 Tripala and Buchón

Technik Museum Speyer – Messerschmitt Bf 109G-4 a JG 52 Eagle

A highlight of the Technik Museum Speyer is to be able to see their original Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 109G-4 (Werk Nummer 19310) fighter in wartime livery and markings with its powerful Daimler-Benz DB 605A engine exposed too. It’s a beauty! According to the museum 1,242 Bf 109G-4 variants were produced and this is the only remaining… Read More Technik Museum Speyer – Messerschmitt Bf 109G-4 a JG 52 Eagle

Swiss Air Force Centre: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3

Prior to the commencement of World War Two in September 1939 the Swiss Air Force was mostly equipped with obsolete aircraft including the hopelessly outdated Dewoitine D-27 fighter, a 1927 designed and poorly armed parasol monoplane of which 66 were produced in Switzerland from 1931 (it was armed with just two 7.5mm machine guns). This was until… Read More Swiss Air Force Centre: Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3

Under the Cowl of the Flying Heritage Collection Bf 109E-3 Emil

When you think of Luftwaffe fighter aircraft during World War Two, the infamous Messerschmitt Bf 109 is an aircraft that generally springs to mind.  Blooded during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), the Bf 109 was involved from the early Blitzkrieg of Europe in 1939-1940 to the Battle of Britain in 1940, the Eastern Front from 1941 to… Read More Under the Cowl of the Flying Heritage Collection Bf 109E-3 Emil

Yugoslav Air Force Combat Aircraft: 1941 to 1952

Royal Yugoslav Air Force The original Royal Yugoslav Air Force operated from 1918 to 1941 and at the start of World War Two was equipped with a large number of modern combat aircraft from numerous nations which were purchased directly and licence-built. These included Bristol Blenheim I (61), Dornier DO-17K (69) and Savoia-Marchetti SM.79K (40) bombers and… Read More Yugoslav Air Force Combat Aircraft: 1941 to 1952