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Messerschmitt

Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (BFW) (Bavarian Aircraft Works) was reformed in 1926 in Augsburg, Bavaria when Udet-Flugzeugbau GmbH was changed into a joint-stock company. Willy Messerschmitt joined the company in 1927 as chief designer and engineer, and formed a design team. BFW was started again in 1933 after going into bankruptcy in 1931. Erhard Milch prevented Messerschmitt's takeover of the BFW until 1938, hence the designation "Bf" of early Messerschmitt designs. The Bf 108 Taifun sport aircraft quickly set many records, and based on this performance the company was invited to submit a design for the Luftwaffe's 1935 fighter contest, winning it with the Bf 109, based on the same lightweight construction methods. BFW was reconstituted as Messerschmitt AG on July 11, 1938, with Willy Messerschmitt as chairman and managing director. The Bf 109 and Bf 110 formed the vast majority of German fighter strength for the first half of WW2. In the second half, Messerschmitt turned almost entirely to jet-powered designs, producing the world's first operational jet fighter, the Me 262 and the DFS-designed Me 163 Komet, the first rocket-powered design to enter service. After WW2, the company was not allowed to produce aircraft. However in 1968 Messerschmitt AG merged with the small civil engineering and civil aviation firm Bölkow, becoming Messerschmitt-Bölkow. The following year, the firm acquired Hamburger Flugzeugbau (HFB), the aviation division of Blohm + Voss. The company then changed its name to Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB). In 1989 MBB was taken over by Deutsche Aerospace AG (DASA), which was renamed Daimler-Benz Aerospace in 1995. The former DASA now operates as "EADS Germany".
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Messerschmitt BO 105S Messerschmitt BO 105S s/n S-728 C-GCFV owned by Transport Canada over Cap-Rouge, Qc 19-5-2007
Messerschmitt BO 105S helicopter Messerschmitt BO 105S c/n S696 C-GCHU Transport Canada in the sky of Cap-Rouge, Qc 2007-9-20
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 Photographed in the WW2 Aviation section of the National Air and Space Museum in 2006. The G ("Gust...
Messerschmitt 262 new build #3 Photographed in 2007 in the Paine Field, WA project hangar. This is a single-seat version which was ...
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