Last updated: 31/01/2002
Messerschmitt Bf-109 V-1 (Source: AJ Press Monografie: Messerschmitt Me-109 Cz. 1)
early 1934 the RLM issued a specification for a new fighter to replace
the Heinkel He-51 and Arado Ar-68 biplanes. Development contacts were
given to Arado, Focke Wulf, Heinkel and Messerschmitt. Messerschmitt was
given to understand that he would have no chance of winning the
competition as his relationship with the officials at the RLM was very
bad indeed. As he had nothing to lose, Messerschmitt went all out in the
design of the new fighter.
design of the 109 was based on the Messerschmitt Bf-108 civil aircraft.
For its day the design was very advanced.
flight of the 109 V-1 or Bf-109a was in September 1935.
the end of October 1935 the trials were held and the 109 was clearly
superior to the other three contenders. Consequently the decision was
made in favor of the Messerschmitt Bf-109.
first prototype of the Me-109 was powered by a Rolls Royce Kestrel
engine, later prototypes used the Jumo 210 engine.
There was no Me-109A version. The first two prototypes were meant as pre-production examples of the A-series. But as the development work continued this version was abandoned in favor of the B-series.
Messerschmitt Bf-109 V-1 (Source: Die Deutsche Luftfahrt Willy Messerschmitt)
Messerschmitt Bf-109 V-2 (Source: Messerschmitt "O-nine" Gallery)
Radiator of the V-1 (Source: Die Deutsche Luftfahrt Willy Messerschmitt)
Messerschmitt Bf-108 (Source: Koku-Fan Me-109 Special)