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Me 109 “Bouchon” at Shoreham Airshow 2009

The Spanish government in 1942 arranged a manufacturing licence with Messerschmitt AG to build the Bf 109G-2.

The final variant was the HA-1112-M1L Buchon (literally, “big throat”), which is both a male dove or a pelican in Spanish. It first flew 29 March 1954. The 1112-M1L was equipped with the 1,600 hp Rolls-Royce Merlin 500-45 engine and Rotol propeller. This engine required the addition of a deep chin intake, whence the name Buchón. Its armament consisted of two 20 mm Hispano-Suiza 404/408 cannons and two Oerlikon or Pilatus eight-packs of 80 mm rockets. It remained in service until 27 December 1965.

HA-1112-M1Ls remained in flying condition until the mid-1960s. This made them available for theatrical use, disguised as Bf 109Es and Gs in movies like “Battle of Britain”, “Memphis Belle”, and “The Tuskegee Airmen”. Remarkably, Buchons also played the Bf 109’s opposition, the Hawker Hurricane, in one scene in “Battle of Britain”. Yes I did spot that (Arrowman), as the were not enough flying Hurricanes for the scene !!

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  • Jadon
    Jadonover 5 years ago

    Wow, great shot mate.

  • Cheers Jason, glad u like it !!!

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  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 5 years ago

    Excellent work, Colin!

  • Thanks Bela my friend

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 5 years ago

    Good capture Colin …

  • Thanks Tom !

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  • Woodie
    Woodieover 5 years ago

    Excellent info on this Colin,
    Did you know the 1st Me109 had a Rolls Royce engine as well?
    Cheers Neil

  • Thanks for the info Neil !

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  • Anthony Hedger Photography
    Anthony Hedger...over 5 years ago

    wonderful shot Colin well done

  • Thanks Anthony !

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  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 5 years ago

    Great shot and very interesting info Colin

  • Thanks Chris !

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  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 5 years ago

    Excellent shot Colin. – Ted

  • Thanks Ted !

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  • Spencer Trickett
    Spencer Trickettover 5 years ago

    Nice shot mate – perfect exposure!

  • Thanks Spencer

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  • RedHillDigital
    RedHillDigitalover 5 years ago

    Neat capture Colin, well done.

  • Thanks !

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  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 5 years ago

    Another excellent capture Colin.

  • Thanks !!!!

    – Colin J Williams Photography

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