Haynes has continued their innovative aviation series with a workshop manual to cover the Messerschmitt Me 109 or Bf109 and its derivatives. The format follows the Haynes vehicle manuals and features lavish illustration. aerospace.firetrench.com reviews.firetrench.com nighthawk.firetrench.com ftd.firetrench.com NAME: Messerschmitt Bf109, Owners' Workshop Manual CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews FILE: R1566 DATE: 151109 AUTHOR: Paul Blackah, Malcolm V Lowe PUBLISHER: Haynes BINDING: Hard back PAGES: 164 PRICE: GB £17.99 GENRE: Non fiction SUBJECT: Messerschmit, 109, 108, vintage warbirds, WWII, Hispano Buchon, CS-199, C-199 ISBN: 979-1-84425-642-6 IMAGE: B1566.jpg LINKS: http://tinyurl.com/ DESCRIPTION: Haynes has continued their innovative aviation series with a workshop manual to cover the Messerschmitt Me 109 or Bf109 and its derivatives. The format follows the Haynes vehicle manuals and features lavish illustration. Producing a Haynes workshop manual for vintage warplanes presents a number of challenges because the publisher cannot buy an example and strip it down as a practical engineering process as has been the practice in producing vehicle workshop manuals. There are a very small number of surviving genuine Bf109 fighters and an even smaller number that have flown recently or are currently airworthy. There are only two examples known to survive of the Czech derivatives C-199 and CS-199 that were built after WWII for the Czech Air Force. There are a a few more examples of the Spanish derivatives, Hispano Buchon, that combined the Bf109 airframe with the Rolls Royce Merlin used to powered the 109's arch enemy the Spitfire. Some of these Spanish-built aircraft have been refitted with Daimler-Benz engines to simulate WWII Bf109 fighters. The experience with other rare warplanes has been that wrecks and previously undiscovered aircraft do provide the basis for restorations. There are a number of sites in the former USSR that may yield enough material for major restorations and there are rumours that some 109s may still await rediscovery in the Middle East. The book uses outstanding photographs, many of which have been taken during the maintenance and rebuilding of surviving aircraft. The manual is heavily based on Black 6 which was restored to flight in the 1990s but is no longer flown. Adaptation work with Hispano machines is featured and there is a wealth of information packed into the pages. There will be few individuals with deep pockets and a lot of luck who might acquire and restore to flight a Bf 109, although warbird restoration continues to gather strength and more of these rare aircraft are likely to return to the air, or fragments of original aircraft may be incorporated into what will otherwise be a new flying replica. As the practice of returning vintage warplanes to flight has developed, new support industries have sprung up to aid those who can afford to rebuild these survivors. This workshop manual does not contain the information to rebuild to certified flying condition, but it will provide much useful information to guide restorers. However, it will provide a valuable new insight for all aviation enthusiasts into the engineering and operation of one of the most famous military aircraft ever built.