Messerschmitt ME 109

Apart from the Ju-87 "Stuka" (a dive bomber) the Me-109 is probably the most famous German plane of the Second World War. Development started in 1934, the first experimental model was flying on May 5, 1935, then still under the type identification Bf-109. Like the He-111 and the Ju-88, the Me-109 also was used in action 1937 in the Spanish civil war. There, the plane was superior to all enemies and soon developed into the Standard fighter of the German airforce. During the war the Me-109 was constantly improved and remained evenly matched to its enemies right to the end of the war. Altogether 30,000 units of this type were built up to May of 1945. Thereafter, production of the Me-109 was continued in Spain up to 1958.

Technical Data:
Production Period: 1935 -1945; Wing Span: 9,97 m; Engine (1944): Daimler-Benz 605 DC 12-Cyl. V-engine with up to 2,000 hp; Max. Speed: 727 km/h; Armament: l x 30 mm Mk 108 and 2x15 mm cannons; Total Production: approx. 35,00