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Eastbourne International Airshow 2017

Hispano HA-1112 BUCHON

Hispano HA-1112 BUCHON The Buchon is essentially a Rolls-Royce Merlin-engined Messerschmitt Bf109. With a combination of ex-German airframe and British powerplant, the first prototype flew its maiden flight on 30 December 1954. This particular aircraft you see today was built by Hispano Aviacion in Seville in 1959. Its service history has yet to come to light but unit code 7-54 stamped into a panel on the wing indicates that the Buchon served with Ala 7 at Tablada and El Corpero, although it remains uncertain whether the aircraft saw combat in the Spanish Sahara. 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”. This Buchon was one of 11 taken by Texan pilot and aircraft collector Wilson C “Connie” Edwards as payment for flying services during the filming. It found its way back to Duxford in May 1996 and was sold to The Real Aircraft Co at Breighton in Yorkshire, who initiated a full rebuild to airworthy condition. Purchased by Spitfire Ltd in November 2006, she moved back to Duxford to be maintained by the Aircraft Restoration Company. FLYING TIMES Sat 13:09; Sun 12:58 DIMENSIONS Height: 2.60m; Length: 9.13m Wingspan: 9.92m PERFORMANCE Max Speed: 413mph POWERPLANT 1 x 1,600hp Rolls-Royce Merlin 500/45 V12 DID YOU KNOW? This aircraft stars in the new epic ‘Dunkirk’ film in cinemas this summer! It was also used during the filming of ‘Valkyrie’ starring Tom Cruise and has been assembled and painted as Messerschmitt ‘Yellow 10’ as seen in the Battle of Britain film. 48 EASTBOURNE INTERNATIONAL aIR S HOW 2017

HAWKER HURRICANE One of the “Famous Four” of the most important allied fighter aircraft of World War II and the unsung hero of the Battle of Britain. This aircraft was the creation of the great Sydney Camm in response to the RAF’s urgent requirement for a low wing monoplane fighter to balance the threat from Nazi Germany. It was originally built in 1942 and was restored to stock Mk IIB fighter-bomber status, the only flying example of the famous ‘Hurri-bombers’. It was acquired by Hangar 11 Collection in 2007 and underwent comprehensive restoration. Today she remains a firm favourite at air displays, representing such a rare version of this famous and much loved classic British fighter. FLYING TIMES Sat 14:14; Sun 13:10 DIMENSIONS Height: 4m; Length: 9.84m Wingspan: 12.19m PERFORMANCE Max Speed: 340mph POWERPLANT 1 x Rolls-Royce Merlin XX DID YOU KNOW? There are only twelve Hurricanes in airworthy condition world-wide; in spite of a total production of some 14,231 aircraft in the period from 1937 to 1944. They are amongst the rarest of all warbirds. WWW.EASTBOURNEAIRSHOW.COM 49

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