75 year old Messerschmitt BF109 E4 flys again !

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    Wow. Way cool!
     
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    Love it.
     
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    Bl**dy marvellous!
     
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    Gotta think that's an old vid. It's Russell's 109 in Niagara Falls and has been flying for years. And I think there's another 109E flying somewhere else if I'm not mistaken.
     
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    That aircraft is feathered in the 2006 Flight Journal, when it first joined the Ed Russell's collection, though the article doesn't state when the flights were made.

    That very same aircraft was flown by Hans-Joachim Marseille early in his career in the Battle of Britain, force landed by him, was repaired. Then saw action in Russia.
     
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    Yes,and by the way Wiki has got it wrong again. It is not "ex JG 2" but 1.(Jagd)/LG 2.
    Marseilles flew it on ocassion between 10th August and 2nd September 1940,when it crash landed,50% damaged,at Calais-Marck (just East of Calais proper) following combat with Spitfires. He had been escorting an attack on RAF Hornchurch.
    Cheers
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    If anyone has a diving suit and a metal detector we could always salvage Wick's from the bottom of the English Channel.....
     
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    It doesn't really matter if it flew before this, does it. It's just fantastic that it flies.
     
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    I don't know about that. This aircraft has more than one famous name attached. Marseille gives it a certain cachet. It was earlier flown by Friedrich Geisshardt who also went on to win the Ritterkreuz with Eichenlaub.

    This particular aircraft launched the careers of two of Germany's most decorated aces.Provenance adds value to any antique and aircraft are no different.

    I do agree that it's great to see it flying :)

    Cheers

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    Yep. Saw it in person and it's a beauty.

    Hi Paul, long time mate!
     
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    Best clip of the year, really like it :D
     
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    #18 DerAdlerIstGelandet, Jan 4, 2013
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    Absolutely beautiful!

    I agree. Part of me wants to see these aircraft flying. Hell every time I have seen a Bf 109 in flight, it blew my mind . Hell any WW2 warbird flying is amazing. At the same time however, part of me would rather these aircraft not fly. There are so few of them left. Better to see them in museums than not have them at all.

    Having said that, as a 109 fan, I find this just beautiful as can be. Such an amazing aircraft.
     
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    I would love to see these magnificent old warriors retired and out of harm's way since we have the technology to build reasonably priced replicas these days.
    On the other hand, it's such a joy to see them take to the air :)
     
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    Fantastic clip, a bit of stiff cross wind blowing across the field, would have given the test pilot the jitters on landing, I imagine, especially if this was its first flight. I remember the first time I saw a Bf 109 in a museum; it was like seeing something alien for the first time; here was a GERMAN fighter! Small, sleek and deadly looking. Seeing the '109G fly in the UK was always a thrill.
     
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