Messerschmitt Bf 109
The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was a German fighter aircraft designed in the 1930s. The Bf 109, also known as the Mauser or Me 109, is widely regarded as one of the greatest fighter aircraft ever built. It was fast and maneuverable, with good range, low maintenance costs, and good reliability. The first aircraft to fly faster than the speed of sound, it was also one of the toughest fighters of World War II. Today, enthusiasts continue to build and fly classic versions of the Bf 109. Is the Bf 109 really "the best fighter ever built?" We take a look at its design and performance to find out.
HISTORY OF THE BF 109
The Messerschmitt Me 109 was designed by Willi Messerschmitt in the late 1920s. The first prototype flew for the first time on August 27th, 1935. It quickly became one of Germany's most important fighter aircraft during World War II. The BF 109A entered operational service with air forces in Spain and France on different dates between 1937 and 1939. In early 1940, it gained fame as a fighter-bomber with outstanding performance at low altitudes. It remained at the forefront of aerial combat throughout the war and eventually saw service with several other countries after World War II. The BF 109G model was introduced in 1943 as an improved variant which featured wingtips with