Boulton Paul Defiant, if given the choice. A nice sting in the tail for the damned hun.
(No offence to any Saxonian loungers )
A nice idea which I was always entertaining, much to the lack of undestanding of my wife! We donīt play the lottery but if I should hit the big one one day Iīd like to place a plane in my frontgarden.
Being a hun itīll be a Messerschmitt ME 262 of course.....
The originals ran their JUMO 004 engines on gasoline instead of kerosine which modern jet engines use. Getting one of the JUMOs back running should be nearly impossible and quite unsafe. The Stormbirds are powered by General Electrics engines and itīs fantastic to see a (new) ME 262 flying again!
Only a very few survivours, the only chance to see one in the air is this:
In January 2003, the American Me 262 Project, based in Everett, Washington, completed flight testing to allow for delivery of near-exact reproductions of several versions of the Me 262 including at least two B-1c two-seater variants, one A-1c single seater and two "convertibles" that could be switched between the A-1c and B-1c configurations. All are powered by General Electric J85 engines and feature additional safety features, such as upgraded brakes and strengthened landing gear. The "c" suffix refers to the new J85 powerplant and has been informally assigned with the approval of the Messerschmitt Foundation in Germany (the Werk Number of the reproductions picked up where the last wartime produced Me 262 left off a continuous airframe serial number run with a 50 year production break).
Flight testing of the first newly manufactured Me 262 A-1c (single-seat) variant (Werk Number 501244) was completed in August 2005. The first of these machines (Werk Number 501241) went to a private owner in the southwestern United States, while the second (Werk Number 501244) was delivered to the Messerschmitt Foundation at Manching, Germany. This aircraft conducted a private test flight in late April 2006, and made its public debut in May at the ILA 2006. The new Me 262 flew during the public flight demonstrations. Me 262 Werk Number 501241 was delivered to the Collings Foundation as White 1 of JG 7. This aircraft will be offering ride-along flights starting in 2008. The third replica, a non-flyable Me 262 A-1c, was delivered to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in May 2010.
Still pretty cool though; info lifted whole from wikipedia.
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Whatever happened to 'Our' 109? Last I heard was it had an accident at Duxford a few years back, has it flown since?
I went to Duxford all those years ago when the Messerschmidt premiered on its first public display there.
I didnt see it take off so may have come from another airfield or took off very discretely. Then, from behind the crowds with a minimal announcement and only about 75feet up, she flew in to view. WoW, what a way to steal the show.
They would not allow that now of course, health and safety(Yawn) you know.
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