Story Behind the Barn Find Messerschmitts After 45 Years In Storage

YOU MAY RECALL A STORY ABOUT THESE WARBIRDS

Heading for auction at the deep, deep discounted price of $1M+ each (including spare parts). Undamaged and  unrestored, all five 1,600 hp warbirds were last flown in the 1968 film "Battle of Britain".
THE HISTORY

In 1942 the Spanish government arranged a manufacturing license with Messerschmitt AG to build the Bf 109G-2,with DB605A engines, propellers, instruments, and weapons to be supplied from Germany. This proved impossible, as Germany was incapable of meeting her own needs, let alone Spain's. Only twenty-five airframes (minus their tails) and not even half the necessary drawings were delivered.

Post World War II, production resumed on the Buchón's and the final variant was the HA-1112-M1L Buchón. It first flew 29 March 1954. The 1112-M1L was equipped with the 1,600 Rolls-Royce Merlin 500-45 engine and propeller, both purchased as surplus from the UK. This engine had a chin intake, that altered the lines of the Bf 109's airframe visually. Its armament consisted of two 20mm Hispano-Suiza 404/408 cannons and two or more Pilatus eight-packs of 80mm rockets. It remained in service until 27 December 1965.

The HA-1112-M1L's remained in flying condition until the mid-1960s. This made them available for theatrical use, masquerading as Bf 109's in movies like The Battle of Britain. Upon completion of the filming of the Battle Of Britain they were disassembled and shipped to Texas where they have been in storage for 45 years.

WHY TO AUCTION? 

An unexpected turn of events caused warbird pilot and owner, Connell "Connie" Edwards, to sell his rare collection of Bf-109s, Spitfire Mk IX and P-51. Connie is renown for his aerial coordination in the 1969 movie Battle of Britain, for which he took the 109s as form of payment. This video fills in the details.


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