Messerschmitt BF108 Takeoff Under Dark Clouds by Chris Lord

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Messerschmitt Bf 108 aircraft taking off on a wet day.

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Manufacturer Bayerische Flugzeugwerke ~ Designer Willy Messerschmitt

The Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun was a German single-engine sports and touring aircraft developed by Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (Bavarian Aircraft Works). The Bf 108 was of all-metal construction.

Originally designated the M 37, the aircraft was designed as a four-seat sports/recreation aircraft for competition in the 4th Challenge de Tourisme Internationale (1934). The M 37 prototype flew first in spring 1934 powered by a 250 PS (247 hp, 184 kW) Hirth HM 8U inverted-V engine, which drove a three-blade propeller.

Although it was outperformed by several other aircraft in the competition, the M 37’s overall performance marked it as a popular choice for record flights. Particular among these traits was its extremely low fuel consumption rate, good handling, and superb takeoff and landing characteristics. One of the first major changes made to the production variants was to adapt the fuselage for a four-seat configuration.

The Bf 108A first flew in 1934, followed by the Bf 108B in 1935. The Bf 108B used the Argus As 10 air-cooled inverted V8 engine. The nickname Taifun (German for “typhoon”) was given to her own aircraft by Elly Beinhorn, a well known German pilot, and was generally adopted.

Soon after the first production aircraft began to roll off the assembly line in Augsburg, several Bf 108s had set endurance records.

The Bf 108 was adopted into Luftwaffe service during World War II, where it was primarily used as a personnel transport and liaison aircraft. The aircraft involved in the Mechelen Incident was a Bf 108.

Production of the Bf 108 was transferred to occupied France during World War II and production continued after the war as the Nord 1000 Pingouin.

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  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandabout 2 years ago

    Awesome monster mobile!!! LOL

  • Cheers JR, Thanks for the visit.

    – Chris Lord

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 2 years ago

    Nice one Chris. Classed as a Warbird because of it’s wartime role. – Ted

  • I was hoping you would see it that way Ted, thanks very much.

    – Chris Lord

  • Colin  Williams Photography
    Colin William...about 2 years ago

    Great One Chris !! A Few Specks of Rain I See !!

  • yeah, just a few specks of rain that day :-) Thanks Colin Cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • Kristen O'Brian
    Kristen O'Brianabout 2 years ago


  • Wow, how cool is this! Thanks very much Kristen, you have made my evening, cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 2 years ago

    March 8, 2013

    Wonderful work!

  • Thank you thank you Teresa, I’m honored and very grateful indeed, thanks so much.

    – Chris Lord

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonabout 2 years ago

    Great capture Chris, a fav

  • Cheers, Barry, that’s very much appreciated. Thank you.

    – Chris Lord

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaabout 2 years ago

    Excellent Image! 03/10/2013
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  • Colin  Williams Photography
    Colin William...almost 2 years ago

  • Very grateful Colin, thanks so much for the honor, cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertalmost 2 years ago

    Great image.

  • Much appreciated Nigel, thank you kindly

    – Chris Lord

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