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  Axis History Factbook: Messerschmitt Bf 109
The path that led Willy Messerschmidt to the Bf 109 was a complicated one.
Whatever problems the Bf 109 had on the ground, it was agile and fast in the air, and fighter became one of the front-runners in the competition.
Five Bf 109E-7s were provided to the Japanese in 1941, but while they were interested in the DB 601 engine and license built it for their Kawasaki Ki-61 fighter, they had little interest in the Bf 109 itself.
www.axishistory.com /index.php?id=1154   (8460 words)

 Wilhelm Messesrschmitt
Wilhelm Messerschmitt was born in 1898 in Frankfort, Germany.
His first successful fighter plane, the Bf 109, became a key part of the new Luftwaffe, the Nazi air force, during World War II after being successfully used in the Spanish Civil War.
Messerschmitt's most serious high-tech effort was the Me 262, the world's first jet fighter to fly in combat.
www.centennialofflight.gov /essay/Dictionary/MESSERSCHMITT/DI187.htm   (399 words)

 Messerschmitt Bf 109
The V-3, the third prototype, was the first Bf 109 to be armed, carrying two 7.9mm MG17 machine guns and 1000 rounds of ammunition, as called for in the RLM spec.
Early on the Bf 109 ranged freely while the Me 110's shepherded the bombers, but when the "shepherds" were mauled as badly as their flock by the RAF wolves, the Bf 109's were called on.
Messerschmitt Bf 109 by Robert Grinsell, Rikyu Watanabe (Illustrator) - an oversize hardback.
www.acepilots.com /german/bf109.html   (3377 words)

 Messerschmitt ME 109
The Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter was flown by many of the top scoring Luftwaffe fighter pilots during WW II.
The Messerschmitt model that bore the brunt of the Battle of Britain was the Bf 109E.
The "K" was the final effort to clean up the aerodynamics of the Bf 109 and standardize the various factory and field improvements that had appeared in previous models.
www.chuckhawks.com /me-109.htm   (1590 words)

 The Messerschmitt Bf 109
The Bf 109 was one of the best fighters in the war, owing mostly to the fact that its engine and guns were so powerful.
However limited in range the Bf 109 was though, it was a killer in combat in the arms of the right pilot.
At the outbreak of war in 1939, most squadrons of Bf 109 were model E's, which through 1940 participated in the Battle of Britain and Blitz, using bombers to entice interceptor squadrons to the air and then pouncing on them with cannons from a distance.
www.stanford.edu /~e2wu/histday/bf109.htm   (560 words)

 Messerschmitt Bf 109 V4 by Brett Green (Classic Airframes 1/48)
The first Bf 109 to be fitted with the Jumo engine was the second prototype, the V2, which differed from the first production models in a number of respects.
The Messerschmitt airframe also proved adaptable, with continual development ensuring that the Bf 109 remained the Luftwaffe's first-line fighter weapon (although it was undeniably surpassed by other German designs) for the entire duration of the Second World War.
Lynn Ritger believes that "6-1" might actually be the Bf 109 V3 prototype which was previously photographed in Spain as "6-2" (with a crude skull and crossbones painted under the canopy), but renumbered and retrofitted with the new style wing, canopy, engine cowling, propeller and tail wheel.
hsfeatures.com /features04/bf109v4bg_1.htm   (3022 words)

 Messerschmitt Bf 109B by Lynn Ritger (Classic Airframes 1/48)
Considering the popularity of the Bf 109 as a modeling subject, the early variants have been surprisingly poorly represented in kit form.
EVERYONE knows what a Messerschmitt looks like, and much like their “boffin” counterparts with the Spitfire, many Messerschmitt enthusiasts are not exactly shy about making their opinions known regarding the accuracy of available kits, or lack thereof.
Every single control surface is separate, which is a first for a 1/48 Bf 109 kit so far as I am aware, and this first release also features the longer slats of the early A and B-1 aircraft which did not have wing guns fitted.
hsfeatures.com /features04/bf109blr_1.htm   (866 words)

 Messerschmitt Bf 109 F
Willy Messerschmitts Bf 109 was the Luftwaffes benchmark fighter throughout the WW II.
The prototype Bf 109V2 won a fighter desing competition declared by the RLM (Air Ministry) in 1936 and was chosen to the premier single-engined fighter for the Luftwaffe.
The last of the Bf 109 series was Bf 109 K "Kurt", which was an attempt to standardize too many subtypes of the Bf 109 G and to get out the last potential of the Bf 109 consept.
koti.mbnet.fi /~jjuvonen/planes/me109f.html   (779 words)

 Messerschmitt Bf 109 - Germany
The Bf 109E was the Luftwaffe's standard single-seat fighter for the first three years of the war and was able to outfight or outrun virtually all opposition.
Bearing in mind that the Bf 109 was to become one of the Royal Air Force's major opponents in the Second World War, it is ironic that the prototype had a British Rolls-Royce Kestrel engine when it made its first flight in September 1935.
The fact that the Bf 109 had too limited a range to be fully effective as a bomber escort during this battle persuaded the German authorities to consider the type most useful as a defensive fighter in Europe.
www.aviation-history.com /messerschmitt/bf109.html   (832 words)

 Messerschmitt Bf 109
The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was designed by Willy Messerschmitt and Walter Rethel and had its first test flight in 1935.
Until the Battle of Britain the BF 109 was considered the best fighter aircraft in the world.
The BF 109, like its main rival, the Supermarine Spitfire, was continually improved throughout the Second World War.
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk /GERbf109.htm   (1017 words)

 Unreal Aircraft - Hybrid Aircraft - Messerschmitt Bf.109 mutations
Germany's legendary Messerschmitt Bf.109 fighter underwent numerous modifications in the course of its service, from the slightly angular early models which saw action in the Spanish Civil War, to the sleek late series, exemplified by the 109G.
The Spanish Ministerio del Aire selected the Messerschmitt Bf.109G-2 for licence production in Spain in 1942, with Germany providing 25 airframes for assembly, with pattern drawings, jigs and tools, in 1943, to be followed by power plants, airscrews and cannon armament for a further 200 aircraft.
When Professor Willy Messerschmitt and a number of German technicians arrived in Spain, further developments of the HA-1109-K followed.
www.unrealaircraft.com /hybrid/Bf109.php   (1093 words)

 The Bf 109 in Spain
As the Bf 109 E-3, but with the wing guns replaced with 20mm Mg FF canon, which had muzzles that projected beyond the leading edge of the wing.
Laureau gives 6•107 as a Bf 109 E-4, although this may simply be a misprint (The E-4 had a redesigned canopy with less rounded framing to the windscreen).
A new set of Bf 109 B-D scale plans was published in the September 2003 issue of Aircraft monthly which suggested that there was a difference in windscreen shape between the C and D models.
www.zi.ku.dk /personal/drnash/model/spain/bf109.html   (2321 words)

 Messerschmitt Bf 109 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Although the Bf 109 had weaknesses, including a short range of around 360 miles (580 km) on internal fuel and a sometimes difficult to handle narrow, outward-retracting undercarriage, it stayed competitive with Allied fighter aircraft until the end of the war.
This was mainly due to personal animosity between Messerschmitt and RLM director Erhard Milch (Hans Hackman, a close friend of Milch, was killed testing the prototype Messerschmitt M20 light transport plane), after the M20 proved a disaster in Lufthansa use.
Messerschmitt responded with the updated Me 155A series, but work on the ship was again canceled and the Me 155 was later re-purposed as a high-altitude interceptor.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Messerschmitt_Bf_109   (7325 words)

 WW2 Warbirds: the Messerschmitt Bf 109 - Frans Bonné
The Bf 109 V1 was the first prototype, and was powered by a Rolls Royce Kestrel V Vee engine, rated at 695 hp (518 kW).The propeller was a wooden two-blade Schwarz of the fixed pitch type.
However, the Bf 109 had it's armament centred in the nose, and was synchronised with the propeller, where the Spitfire had it's guns in the wing leading edges.
Because the Bf 109G-1 was meant to be a pure fighter, the forward armament was restricted to 1 × 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon in a moteur-canon installation, and 2 × 0.312 inch (7,92 mm) MG 17 fixed forward-firing guns in the upper part of the nose.
www.xs4all.nl /~fbonne/warbirds/ww2htmls/messbf109.html   (8003 words)

The standard German fighter plane throughout World War II was a single-engine, low-wing monoplane known as the Messerschmitt Bf-109, of which more than 35,000 were produced during a ten-year span from 1935 until the war's end.
The Bf-109 was designed by Willi Messerschmitt and, in 1937, set a new world speed record for land planes by flying at just a fraction under 380 miles per hour.
Still the Messerschmitt was the world's fastest and deadliest operational fighter plane when it first saw service during the Spanish Civil War.
www.allstar.fiu.edu /aerojava/MESSERBF-109.htm   (497 words)

 Messerschmitt Bf 109
Designed by Willy Messerschmitt to compete with Focke-Wolfe, Arado, and Heinkel for a new fighter contract, the prototype Bf 109 first flew in 1935.
The Bf 109 fought in the Spanish Civil War and through all of World War II.
The Bf 109 was license built in Spain by Hispano Aviacion (a subsidiary of Hispano Suiza) using the designation HA-1112.
www.shanaberger.com /Bf109.htm   (140 words)

 Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-4
The Bf 109 B, C, D and E versions already took part in the Spanish Civil War.
The great test for the Me Bf 109 E and for the Luftwaffe was the Battle of Britain in July-September 1940.
The Bf 109 E proved to be better fighter than the Hawker Hurricane and it was approximately as good as the Supermarine Spitfire.
koti.mbnet.fi /~jjuvonen/planes/me109e-4.html   (580 words)

 Messerschmitt Bf 109 Aircraft Restoration Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
First flown in 1935, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 was considered one of the greatest combat aircraft in history.
Designed by Willy Messerschmitt and Bayerische Flugzeugwerke in late 1933 to replace the Arado Ar 68 and Heinkel 51, the Bf 109 would become the most important fighter plane for the Luftwaffe.
The Fighter Factory’s Messerschmitt Bf-109E is currently a restoration project that is being built from five wrecks which have been recovered from Russia in the past three years.
www.fighterfactory.net /restoration/messerschmitt-bf-109.php   (413 words)

 Messerschmitt Bf 109G
By the time England declared war on Germany, the already-proven Messerschmitt was being mass-produced in the Bf 109E series and was ready to enter the fight.
When German production stopped, the G series of the Bf 109 was produced in far greater numbers than any other model, 21,000 being completed by the end of 1944 Known as "Gustav," the Bf 109G was powered by a DB 605 engine.
After a time, the Messerschmitt was transferred from the Air Force to the National Air and Space Museum in 1948 along with a group of other World War II aircraft.
www.nasm.si.edu /research/aero/aircraft/me109.htm   (765 words)

 Warbird Alley: Messerschmitt Bf 109 Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
This look at the Bf 109 as flown by pilots stationed on or near the Russian front features 40 specially commissioned color plates detailing fighters flown by top aces.
Paint schemes, markings, and uniforms are also depicted and accompanied by a detailed text explaining the conflicts, tables of units involved, and interviews with several leading aces.
Messerschmitt Bf 109 in the West, 1937-1940: From the Spanish Civil War to the Battle of Britain (Luftwaffe at War Series, #5)
www.warbirdalley.com /bf109-b.htm   (408 words)

 Warbird Alley: Messerschmitt Bf 109
Two designs were selected for further development, one being Willy Messerschmitt's Bf 109, a single-seat derivation of his previously-successful Bf 108 design.
By the time World War II began in 1939, the Luftwaffe had more than 1,000 Bf 109s in service, and it was to play a major role in all further fighter operations.
Yet another source of Bf 109 production was in Czechoslovakia, where the Avia company supplied S-99 and S-199 variants, many of which remained in service until 1957.
www.warbirdalley.com /bf109.htm   (492 words)

 Messerschmitt Bf-109 | ME-109 Blueprints | Aviation History
Simultaneously, specially prepared versions and developments of the Messerschmitt 109, fitted with greatly boosted engines, gained a series of world speed records, some of which were to remain unbeaten for 30 years.
Not until the arrival of the Messerschmitt 109G was faith in the type fully restored; and this version was then built in huge numbers for many varied roles.
It was in a Messerschmitt 109G-14 that Major Erich Hartmann of the Luftwaffe reached his unrivaled total of 352 confirmed victories, although these were gained on the Eastern Front where German fighters easily outclassed the early Soviet fighters.
www.aviationshoppe.com /Messerschmitt-ME109-BF109.html   (1368 words)

 Messerschmitt Bf-109 prototype
A bold decision was made to send three of the Messerschmitt prototypes over for trials under combat conditions.
Here, the Messerschmitts proved their immediate superiority, especially at high altitudes.
There were never many of them employed here but they achieved success far out of proportion to their numbers.
www.spitcrazy.com /bf109hist2.htm   (539 words)

 FAF: Messerschmitt Bf 109   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
A preserved Bf 109 G6 (MT-507) in Finnish Air Force wartime colours at the Central Finland Aviation Museum, Tikkakoski.
Lentolaivue 34 received 30 new Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 fighters in March and April 1944 and the G-2s were transferred to HLeLv 24.
There is a translated version of a Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2 Flight and Maintenance Manual used by FAF available at Banzai's Lair [pdf-format]
www.hkkk.fi /~yrjola/war/faf/mersu.html   (481 words)

 Messerschmitt Bf-109   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
They had the same top speeds (355 mph) and service ceilings (35,000 feet), but the Messerschmitt's fuel injection system was a plus...
The single-spar wing was fitted with automatic leading edge slots and the inboard portions of the trailing edge carried slotted flaps.
Unusual for a fighter, Messerschmitt gave the Bf-109 leading edge slots so that he could design a wing thin enough to reach the necessary top speeds without destroying the low-speed handling.
www.psc.edu /~kontoyan/bf109.html   (561 words)

 YouTube - Messerschmitt BF-109
what the me 109 was much smaler anf had more power than the spitfire and the 109 has a better sound
Ich hatte auch das Glück die Me 109 Rote 7 in Oppenheim am Rein zu bewundern und habe selbst ähnlich aufnahmen gemach scgönes VIDEO
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 Messerschmitt Bf-109 ARF scale electric RC plane from Hobby Lobby!
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