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Messerschmitt Me Bf 109 G-14
Messerschmitt Me Bf 109 G-14
 

Erich Hartmann Me-109G - 1:48

(1922-1993)

"The Blond Knight of Germany"

The world's leading fighter pilot, Erich Hartmann (Erich Alfred "Bubi" Hartmann), flew several variations of the Me 109 during World War II. During his career he scored 352 victories, a feat that has never been matched. Having flown over 1400 missions resulting in 825 engagements, Hartmann remains the top ace in history. The Me 109 G-14 version, which has been built here, is one of the later versions of the plane that he flew. On the eastern front, he was known as "the Black Devil of the Ukraine" and to his friends he was "The Blond Knight of Germany." When Soviet pilots would see his trademark 'tulip' painted over the front engine compartment, fear was the order of the day!

This G-14 version of the Me 109 appeared in mid-1944. This model has the 'Erla' canopy, which allowed for improved pilot visibility, mainly to the rear. This plane is also equipped with a 300 liter (79.25 gallons) capacity drop tank for extended range. This plane has been painted in a winter camo pattern typical for a 109.


The markings on this plane are that of Erich Hartmann with the black and white 'tulip' on the front of the plane and the little red heart beneath the cockpit bearing the name of his wife "Usch". The other markings are typical for a Me 109 such as the German cross on the fuselage and wings, the swastika on the tail, and a yellow band painted near the end of the fuselage indicating service on the eastern front. In front of the cross on the fuselage are the black double chevrons, the symbol indicating that he was the Group Commander (Gruppenkommandeur) of the I./JG 52 (Jagdgeschwader 52).

The Me 109, also known as the Bf 109, was the most produced fighter of World War II. Designed by Willy Messerschmitt in the early 1930s, the Me 109 became the main German fighter of the war. Over 30,000, of all variations, were built during the war. Approximately 5500 G-14s were built between July 1944 to February 1945. This version was basically an improvement of the previous G-6. It was powered by the Daimler-Benz DB605A liquid-cooled 12-cylinder in-line engine. It had a MW 50 methanol/water injection system that increased engine hp to 1800. The G-14 also had a lengthened tail wheel, as well as being able to accommodate a small or big tail fin. The wheels were bigger and had a rectangular square upper wing surface blisters. This plane also had the MK 108 30 mm engine cannon.

Erich Hartmann used this version near the end of the war. Hartmann was known for sneaking up on enemy pilots and and firing at very close range (20m/65.6 ft. or less). Most pilots never knew what hit them until it was too late! His many awards included the Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe (September 13, 1943), German Cross in Gold (October 17, 1943), Iron Cross (2nd and 1st class), Knight's Cross (October 29, 1943), with Oak Leaves (March 2, 1944), Swords (July 2, 1944), and Diamonds (August 25, 1944). After the war Hartmann spent 10 years in a Soviet POW camp. Upon his release in 1955, he returned to West Germany and became an officer in the West German Air Force. He was also the first officer to command a unit (Jagdgeschwader 71, JG 71) composed entirely of jets. In 1970, Hartmann retired from the West German Air Force. For a few years after that he was a flight instructor. Hartmann died in 1993, at the age of 71, after having been the highest scoring ace in history.


Specifications for the Me 109 G-14

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 9.92 m (32.5 ft.)
Length: 8.94 m (29.3 ft.)
Height: 3.40 m (11.15 ft.)
Wing area: 16.05m2
Weight (empty): 2700 kg (5952.48 lbs.)
Weight (loaded): 3150 kg (6944.56 lbs.)

Motor:
Daimler-Benz DB605A
12-cylinder in-line engine with 1800 hp

Performance:
Max. speed: 623 kph at 7000 m; 544 kph at sea-level
Rate of climb to 6000 m (19,685 ft.): 6 minutes
Ceiling: 11750 m (38,549.87 ft.)
Max. Ceiling: 12200 m (40,026 ft.)

Armament:
2 X 13 mm machine guns above the engine
1 X 30 mm MK 108 canon firing through the spinner

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