Connie Edward’s Buchóns to be restored in Switzerland

A few months ago, Connie Edwards’ fantastic collection of warbirds was put up for sale on Platinum Fighters. The collection included six Hispano Buchóns (license-built Spanish Me 109G powered by Merlin engines), two Mustangs and a Spitfire Mk XVI.

The Swiss company Boschung Global Ltd will be restoring the Messerchmitts, in collaboration with B63 Switzerland, and will put them up for sale once they are completed.

The aircraft were painted in German Luftwaffe colours for the filming of the blockbuster The Battle of Britain, and have been untouched since. The aircraft were stored in a hangar, and after a quick check and oil change, “White 5” was started easily!

The rare twin-seater version will be operated by the Swiss company 46 Aviation SA.

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  1. I RECALL SEEING SEVERAL OF THESE AT JACK HARDWICK’S WAREHOUSE IN EL MONTE, CALIF. IN THE 80’S. THEY WERE IN ROUGH SHAPEA: ESPECIALLY TELLING OF THEIR HIGH TIME WAS THE APPEARANCE OF THE FIREWALLS ALL OF WHICH HAD BEEN DRILLED NUMEROUS TIMES AS A ‘STOP CRACK FIX’ EFFORT.

    AS THE SPANISH BUILT THESE A/C THEY IGNORED THE FACT THAT THE FIXED VERTICAL STABILIZER ‘OFF SET’ WAS LEFT UNCHANGED FROM WHEN THE POWER WAS A DB 601. THE MERLIN ROTATED IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION AND A GREAT DEAL OF DIRECTIONAL STABILITY WAS NOTICEABLE IN FLIGHT. THERE WAS A STORY AROUND THE FIRST RENO RACE, THAT A OWNER OF ONE FLEW IT UP FROM TEXAS AND WAS SO FRUSTRATED WITH IT’S INSTABILITY THAT HE SIMPLY GAVE IT TO AN ACQUAINTANCE RATHER THAN MAKE THE RETURN FLIGHT TO TEXAS,

    INTERESTINGLY, ON THE ‘NET IS A PHOTO OF A CAPTURED SPITFIRE WHICH HAD BEEN RE-ENGINED BY THE GERMANS WITH A DB 601.

    BEST REGARDS,

    LEE BRANCH

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