Six rare Messerschmitt ME 109 fighter aircraft used during WW2 are to be restored to flying condition by a Swiss dealer, Boschung Global Ltd. They include the the only surviving factory two-seater Messerschmitt ME 109.
The aircraft were last flown in 1968 for the film the Battle of Britain and have since been in storage in Texas. Former movie stunt pilot Wilson “Connie’ Edwards was in the film and took the aircraft as payment at the end of shooting.
“The unique fighter planes weren’t touched for over 45 years – even their engines were still filled with the same oil,” said Paul Boschung. “This made it all the more astonishing that after a brief check and a change of oil, it only took a few propeller blades to rotate before the White 5’s engine sprang to life and began purring.
“The deal with Wilson ‘Connie’ Edwards was certainly no ordinary sale!” continued Paul Boschung. “It took several months and, in many respects, was an incredibly interesting project. The transaction was carried out seamlessly thanks to the assistance of Platinum Fighter Sales, the leading specialists in the trade of warbirds in the US.”
Boschung Global plans to restore all the aircraft to original factory condition. The restorations are being carried out in collaboration with B63 Switzerland, an energy drinks firm.
B63 supports various aviation projects in the warbird scene and this time their reward will be seeing the world’s last ME 109s take to the air once again.