The Aircraft

Hispano HA-112 MIL Buchon (G-AWHK)

• Aircraft Type: Hispano HA-112 MIL (Buchon)
• Operator: Aircraft Restoration Company
• Year of Manufacture: 1959
• Powered by: Rolls Royce Merlin 500-45
• Colour Scheme: Luftwaffe ‘Yellow 10’ (Battle of Britain movie)

The Buchon is essentially a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine Messerschmitt Bf109. The Luftwaffe-manned Condor Legion upon its return to Germany in 1939, lefty around 40 Bf109B/E’s for the Spanish Air Force to use. In 1943 the Spanish government agreed to licence production with Messerschmitt to produce 200 Bf109G’s. As the war worsened, Germany was unable to supply the remaining components for the airframes. Improving relations between the Spanish government and the West from 1952, saw the powerful Rolls Royce Merlin engine sourced from Britain fitted to the airframe. The combination of ex-German airframe and British powerplant was successful and the first prototype flew in 1954. This particular aircraft was built by Hispano Aviacion in Saville in 1959. This aircraft was one of 27 purchased at auction from the Spanish Air Force by Spitfire Productions for use in the making of the 1968 film “Battle of Britain”. After filming this aircraft was acquired by Wilson C Edwards and shipped to the U.S.A. She was acquired by the Old Flying Machine Company and arrived back in the U.K in 1996. After being sold on to The Real Aircraft Company who initiated a full rebuild to airworthy condition she was acquired by Spitfire Ltd in 2006. This aircraft is now owned by Historic Flying Ltd and flown in the movie ‘Valkyrie’ starring Tom Cruise.

Large image: Richard Paver

Small image: Darren Harbar