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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2021 2:31 p.m. PST

"This short video takes you on a detailed tour of the He 111 CASA 2.111, an aircraft based on the German Heinkel He 111 that was produced by the Spanish under license in WWII.

The aircraft featured in the tour was the single He 111/CASA that was airworthy, until it was a totally lost in a crash in 2003, killing both the pilot and co-pilot.

In the late 1930s and early 1940s, Spain were in the market for newer, modern military aircraft. They looked to Germany, who at the time were producing cutting edge aircraft like the He 111 and Me 109. Spain purchased a number of He 111s from Germany, and eventually sought a deal to build them themselves, by the aircraft manufacturer CASA. Heinkel agreed to license the design…"
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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2021 10:10 a.m. PST

What a shame to have lost this. We all knew these from the Film "The Battle of Britain". I had no idea there were no flying examples. I did agree with a comment on the video to stop trying to fly such ancient aircraft but preserve them for posterity. Or maybe fly them, but no stunts. Do not try to loop an A26 Invader for example. Hurricanes are too precious now for anything but level flight….please!

Wolfhag Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2021 3:41 p.m. PST

I agree. Eventually, they'll all crash if flown long enough.

My son flew on the Collings Foundation B-17. I have 3 hours in the B-24 but I'll never fly in it again, I don't want to push my luck. With the B-24 one small mistake can rapidly cascade into a situation you can't get out of. They keep the turbos functional because you never have enough power. High-performance planes are tricky to fly and WWII planes were not built to fly for 100 years.


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2021 9:01 p.m. PST



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