The Messerschmitt Bf 109 began as an entry by the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke in a Luftwaffe fighter competition in the early 1930s. Willy Messerschmitt's creation incorporated one of the most advanced aerodynamic designs at the time, with retractable landing gear, an enclosed cockpit, automatic slats, cantilever wings and stressed skin construction. The single-seat fighter was powered with a 1,435 hp DB 605 engine which gave it a top speed of 425 mph. The first production model was the Bf 109B and began coming off the lines in 1936. The Bf 109E completely dominated the Polish PZL fighters and during the invasion of France in May 1940, the Bf 109E outfought French Morane-Saulnier MS 406s and British Hawker Hurricanes. The Bf 109E met its match with the Supermarine Spitfire during the Battle of Britian. The short range of the Bf 109E prevented it from escorting Luftwaffe bombers past London, and was partly responsible for the Luftwaffe's defeat in the Battle of Britain. It still played an important part in all operations during World War II with production totaling some 35,000 units.
Messerschmitt Bf 109E Emil
Scale 1/32 Wing Span 12" Length 11"
This model is made of select kiln-dried Philippine mahogany wood and comes with a stand.