Hispano HA-1112-M4L Buchon “Yellow 7″ (G-AWHM)
Aircraft Type: Hispano HA-1112-M1L ”Buchon
Operator: Air Leasing Ltd
Year of Manufacture: 1958
Powered by: Rolls Royce Merlin 500/45
Colour Scheme: Luftwaffe “Yellow 7″ JG.26, Lille 1940 (Battle of Britain movie)
Hispano HA-1112-M1L Buchon G-AWHM was produced by La Hispano Aviacion in the 1950’s and was essentially a Messerschmitt BF109G with a British Rolls Royce Merlin engine installed. The Spanish Air Force operated the aircraft until late 1965 and was then placed in storage.
This aircraft, and many other Buchons, were then removed from storage and made airworthy again for the film “The Battle of Britain”. During this time, between 1967 and 1968 the aircraft was placed on the UK civil register under the ownership of Spitfire Productions LTD. The aircraft made its last flight during filming in December 1968.
The aircraft was then sold, along with many others, to Wilson “Connie” Edwards, of Big Spring Texas, and shipped to the USA in a dismantled state.
The aircraft remained in storage in Texas until late 2015 when Air Leasing was tasked to collect the aircraft for its new owners and return it to airworthiness in the UK.
Large image: Nigel Hitchman
Small image: Air Leasing Ltd