YouTube – Bf 109
1,450 hp V12
29 ft. 1 in.
32 ft. 7 in.
1- 20 mm
2- 13 mm
The first Bf109 aircraft flew in September of 1935. They used Rolls Royce Kestrel engines. It was 1937 when the Bf 109 model B was deployed with the Luftwaffe. They first saw combat in the Spanish Civil war with the Luftwaffe’s Condor Legion. Experience gained during the war helped in the development of further models.
The aircraft has been called both Bf 109 and Me 109. The official designation of the aircraft is Bf 109 as per the German Ministry of Aviation. The company producing them was initially named Bayerische Flugzeugwerk (BFW). However, after Wily Messerschmitt purchased the company in July of 1938, it was renamed after its new owner. All original models retained their Bf 109 designation while models from that date forward were designated Me 109.
The Bf 109 model E was deployed at the start of World War II. It dominated over most British, Polish and French aircraft. Later, in battles over Britain, it met formidable opponents. Due to its short range the aircraft was unable to escort Luftwaffe bombers far into Britain. Its short range was a significant contributor to the defeat of the Germans in the Battle of Britain.
The reasons for the early domination by Bf 109 aircraft were their cannon vs. the shorter range and smaller machine gun armament of their opponents. The Bf 109 engine was fuel injected vs. the carbureted engines of their opponents. Fuel injection provided a steady supply of fuel to engines during extreme combat maneuvering, especially dives.
The Bf 109 model F is considered by many to be the ultimate development of the aircraft due to its speed, toughness, and overall performance. Initially it could better the British and Russian aircraft it encountered.
The Bf 109 model G was produced in greater numbers than any other version. It was deployed on all fronts and used as an interceptor, for close air support of ground troops, and as a fighter/bomber. However, it proved more difficult to handle, especially while landing, than prior models.
About 35,000 Bf 109 aircraft of all types were manufactured by Messerschmitt, making them the most produced fighter aircraft in the world.
That’s Jim Repp with his great looking Bf 109 from Meister Scale. Its wingspan is 100 in. and length 91 in. Fuselage is glass fibre with built up all wood wings. Flaps and retracts are optional. Suggested engine is a DA 85. Weight is around 44 lbs.
The Seagull Model Bf 109 is of all wood construction. Wingspan is 64 in., length is 60 in. Engines can be from 16 to 20 CC. Retracts are included with the ARF. Flaps are optional.
The Bf-109 from ESM has an 88 in. wingspan with an 80 in. length. It has a glass fibre fuselage with built up wood wings. You can power it with from 50 to 55 CC gas engines. All up weight is about 23 lbs.
Admiral Piett of RCGroups converted a Bf 109 by Guillow’s as a free flight kit into the airplane pictured above. It has a wingspan of 16.5 in. This is just one example of many conversions of the Bf 109 that can be found.
The SIG Mfg. Bf 109 has a wingspan of 48 in. and a length of 42 1/2 in. You will need a 300 – 400 W brushless motor for power.