Erickson Aircraft Collection’s “Bf 109G-10”: Enough?

Few, if any, aircraft designs can treasure the assortment of engines the Bf 109 have carried through its various iterations:
– RR Kestrel in the first V1 prototype.
– Junkers Jumo 210 in the first series.
– DB 600 for the “pre-Emil”.
DB 601 and DB 605 for the main wartime variants.
– P&W Twin Wasp.
– BMW 801. Used, like the Twin Wasp, to test the possible radial conversion.
– RR Merlin in the Spanish Buchones.
– Junkers Jumo 211 in the awful Avia 199.
– Hispano-Suiza HS-89 for the early Spanish-built Messers.
– and last, but not the least, the Allison V-1710.

The Erickson Aircraft Collection’s airworthy “Bf 109G-10” seems at first sight to be the real deal or at least a DB-engined Buchón. Well, in fact it is indeed a Buchón, but in order to convert it to more closely resemble Bf 109G without the expense of a the original German engine they came to a brilliant idea. They decided to use an ubiquitous Allison V-1710 engine instead. To make this upright V12 engine looks like a inverted V12 both the engine mount and exhaust system have been specially designed so the cowlings almost mimic that of a late Bf 109G model. The result is quite convincing…and sure cheaper.

Never enough to me.

Mil Mi-8: Here we go again.

A Mil Mi-8 helicopter ready for some early action at the runway of Camp Bastion (Afghanistan) October 23, 2011. Afghanistan is a place those ageless helicopters know all too well. They still, regrettably, have a lot of hot and dangerous days ahead down there.

A superb photo anyway of Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Chandler (Regional Command Southwest).

Fairey Gordon Mk.I: Tiggerty-boo !!

The robust Gordon was essentially a Fairey IIIF with a radial 525hp AS Panther IIa engine in place of the IIIF’s slightly higher powered -but heavier, dated and more complicated- Napier Lion. First flown in 1931, a few were converted from IIIF’s while the main bulk were new production. They soldiered well into WW2, in fact, in the Spring of 1941 some Gordons used for training were hastily converted back into bombers in Iraq where they took part in the defence of Habbaniya against Iraqi forces. The RAF got their money worth with their Gordons.

This lavish photograph shows the Gordons of the 35 Sqn and 207 Sqn smartly presented for some unidentified event. Michael Thornton-Jones’s archives.