Messerschmitt in Pungo – Military Aviation Museum’s Bf-109 Arrives in USA

The Military Aviation Museum's 'Bf-109G-5' freshly removed from its shipping container having just arrived from Germany by sea. (photo by Thomas Kurtz)
The Military Aviation Museum's 'Bf-109G-5' freshly removed from its shipping container having just arrived from Germany by sea. (photo by Thomas Kurtz)
The Military Aviation Museum’s ‘Bf-109G-4’ freshly removed from its shipping container having just arrived from Germany by sea. (photo by Thomas Kurtz)

Jerry Yagen’ Military Aviation Museum in Pungo, Virginia received their ‘Messerschmitt Bf-109G-4’ today. Actually based upon the airframe of a Spanish-built Hispano Buchon C.4K-64 variant, the aircraft has been carefully modified to represent a Bf-109G-5 with the appropriate Daimler-Benz DB 605 engine and cowlings. WarbirdsNews has been following the restoration of this aircraft by Meier Motors in Eschbach, Germany for some time now. This August, we reported on her first post-restoration flight at Eschbach, with the highly experienced warbird and current RAF instructor pilot Flt.Lt. Charlie Brown at the controls (click HERE for details). Following the requisite period of evaluation and wringing out of any squawks in her performance, the ‘109’ was ready for her customer in the USA just two months later. The Meier Motors team carefully dismantled the fighter, and packed her in a shipping container in October for the two week voyage by sea to her new home in Virginia. The aircraft arrived at the Military Aviation Museum on November 3rd, whereupon staff immediately got to work unloading their precious cargo. Once she is reassembled and checked out, the museum’s chief pilot, Mike Spalding, will take the controls and fly the magnificent Luftwaffe fighter from Pungo’s famous grass airstrip.

The fuselage on its gear, with the wings still in their transport crates to either side. (photo by Thomas Kurtz)
The fuselage on its gear, with the wings still in their transport crates to either side. (photo by Thomas Kurtz)
MAM chief mechanic, Thomas Kurtz with his new charge at the Military Aviation Museum. (photo by Thomas Kurtz)
MAM chief mechanic, Thomas Kurtz with his new charge at the Military Aviation Museum. (photo by Thomas Kurtz)
A closeup of the 'Bf-109's' magnificent Daimler Benz DB605 engine. (photo by Thomas Kurtz)
A closeup of the ‘Bf-109’s’ magnificent Daimler Benz DB605 engine. (photo by Thomas Kurtz)

The Military Aviation Museum’s ‘Bf-109G-4’ will then become the only late-model Messerschmitt Bf-109 flying anywhere in North America. She is expected to become a favorite on the east coast air show circuit. Many congratulations to all who took part in this project, and especially to Gerry Yagen for putting the resources into getting the ‘109 flying. WarbirdsNews would also like to thank the Fighter Factory’s chief mechanic Thomas Kurtz for sending us these photos!

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