The expanding range of warbirds based at the Biggin Hill Spitfire Factory grows again for 2023 with the acquisition of the Hispano HA-1112-M1L Buchon ‘White 9’ .
Powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin 500/45 instead of the Daimler Benz 605 found in the Messerschmitt manufactured 109 this aircraft served with the Spanish Air Force from 1958 to 1965.
The aircraft carries the colour scheme of ‘White 9’ ME109 flown by UFFZ Edmund Roβmann who flew with the Jadgeschwader 52 (Fighter wing) in the Battle of Britain before transferring to Russia.
The aircraft flew in the classic movie ‘Battle of Britain’ before being sold and stored in the USA. Returning to the UK its first post restoration flight took place in June 2018.
The aircraft will join the unique collection of WWII era aircraft based at Biggin Hill and ‘White 9 ‘ is expected to be available to accompany 2023 Two Seat Spitfire flights for formation tailchase experiences.
A Spitfire and ‘109’ pursuing each other over the fields of Kent will be an emotive sight.
UPDATE – 109 Tail chase is now available to book as an upgrade £1275 on any Spitfire and Mustang flights from 1st May onwards.