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Long Lost Spitfire (not Burmese)

Discussion in 'Everything Else Heritage' started by GeoffS75, Jul 14, 2014.

  1. GeoffS75

    GeoffS75 New Member

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    Not sure how lost this really is but an interesting little story all the same:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...n-sold-1-5m-spending-40-years-Texas-barn.html

    Now, if only I had a spare couple of million lying around.
     
  2. Spamcan81

    Spamcan81 Nat Pres stalwart

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    That old chestnut. Some time after the filming finished this guy purchased this Spitfire and six(?) Hispano Buchon (RR Merlin powered Bf-109) and has had them up for sale before. This is just his latest attempt.
     
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    Bean-counter Resident of Nat Pres

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    Has he still got the Buchon's?

    I knew that quite a few went to the States but understood many had failed victim to the types notorious tendency to ground loop.

    Steven
     
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    The Saggin' Dragon Part of the furniture Staff Member Moderator

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    He does still have 6 Buchons as well as the Spitfire.
     
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    How often do Spitfires come on the market? complete , not a basket case i think he will have his hand torn off,
     
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    The Saggin' Dragon Part of the furniture Staff Member Moderator

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    Quite regularly. There are usually one or two flyers up for sale at any one time.
     
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    Spamcan81 Nat Pres stalwart

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    He's not had his hand torn off when he's tried to sell it previously so maybe he's asking too much. I've no idea what one is worth but I know a man who does.
     
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    Spamcan81 Nat Pres stalwart

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    There's an airworthy Mk.1 at Duxford reportedly on the market as I type.
     
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    As you say he's most likily asking too much mk9's arent exactly rare either , now if it had been a mk 22 how many of those are airworthy? i'm surprised none of the Buchon's have not found new owners , is it because of the lack of DB605 engines to turn one into a proper 109g
     
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    Possibly, also the prices that Mr Edwards has been asking are not exactly bargain basement either.
     
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    DB605s aren't exactly thick on the ground. Was talking to a couple of German guys at Duxford and they tell me of three projects to return DB powered 109s to the air but in each case they are Buchons being converted to 109s. Airworthy original German built 109s are not common at all.
    Also there are differences wing wise between a Buchon and a pukkka 109 due to the differing armament fits.
     

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