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  • #16
    ok there are about 10 airworthy Bf 109's in existance, which is amazing considering the mind bogling task of restoration from a wreak to flyable condition. The financial cost of restoration is also incredibly huge.

    I haden't heard of the black 6 project until you mentioned it, so I looked into it.

    "The famous "Black 6" captured by Australian troops in North Afrika in November of 1942. It had a total of some 20 hours of airtime when captured. The RAF found out about it and took it from them then did extensive trials to compare it against the Spitfire V and other allied aircraft. It was outperforming them and the Allied planes were having problems countering its performance.

    The a/c is owned by the MOD - Ministry of Defense - but they would not restore it so a private group did so over a period of some six years back to flying condition."

    http://www.taphilo.com/photo/pictures/BF109/index.shtml

    But then sadly i found out that;

    "On October 12, 1997 the last German built, Daimler-Benz engined Bf 109 crashed while trying to make an emergency landing after developing engine problems at the Duxford Autumn Air Show. The pilot survived unscathed but the same cannot be said for Black 6. Black 6 suffered significant damage and at present it's future is undecided though restoration to at least static display is almost guaranteed.

    Black 6 was completing what was to be it's last flight to be permitted by the British Ministry Of Defence, the planes owners. Black 6 was seen to emit puffs of vapor - probably coolant - while performing a roll maneuver during it's final display. ACM Allison immediately lowered the gear and came in on a fast approach and touched down briefly on the runway before Allison was forced to pull up to avoid the M11 roadway. ACM Allison then proceeded to land Black 6 in a freshly ploughed field on the other side of the roadway. Black 6's landing gear sunk into the soft earth and flipped over.
    Rescue crews were on hand immediately but were not permitted to cut ACM Allison out due to the pilot's insistance that the Gustav not be damaged further. It took the crews 45 minutes of digging before ACM Allison was able to emerge, luckily unhurt."

    http://www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/LRG/bf109g2.html






    If anyone managed to read all that, well done! My apoligies for the lengthy post

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    • #17
      If anyone managed to read all that, well done! My apoligies for the lengthy post
      Yup I did. Very fascinating indeed.

      Thanks for doing the reseach. I would've done it myself but I thought you might know something so I asked you first



      by the way, I think this is the first time we managed to turn an Off Topic thread to Aviation

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      • #18
        There is a list of airworthy 109s and their locations on this site- http://www.bf109.com/frameset.html

        Looks like 2 in Germany, 1 in the UK, 4 in the USA, and 1 in Belgium.
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