Sulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2994 times:
Very interesting photos. Any chance you can stand on that table near the nose and get a wide-angle shot? What's the story with the aircraft? I'm assuming that it's a full restoration, is the intent that it flies again?
It takes a big man to admit they are wrong, and I am not a big man.
It's under reconstruction in a small museum at Seppe airfield (EHSE) between Roosendaal and Breda, Netherlands.
It's said to be the world's only surviving Bf 109G-5 version, c/n 15343, built mid-1943 at Erla in Leipzig, 'Black 11', of 5. Staffel, II, Gruppe, JG 3 'Udet', based at Amsterdam - Schiphol and shot down by 487 FS P-47s on 4 Dec 1943 over South Holland province. The pilot, Kurt Sorssdorf, bailed out and was taken care of at a local farmhouse. The farmer's son was doing forced labour in Germany, and Sorssdorf later had an food package delivered to him.
The aircraft was written off; the tail was cut off and thrown in the crater dug by the aircraft, which was then filled up.
I don't think this reconstruction is to airworthy standards...
Here's another photo for you.
Does no one have an idea about the acceptability of the first shot?
The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad (Salvador Dali)
Walter2222 From Belgium, joined Sep 2005, 1312 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2952 times:
Interesting story! Make sure to add that story in the comments field!
I would certainly give it a try, with some editing (which you said you had not done yet), you can certainly reduce the glare a bit. I would certainly love to see it in the database, but I am not a screener... and I cannot judge anyway on the quality since my editing monitor is in repair...
PS: I assume you had no possibility to drag it outside for a better shot?
Dendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1732 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2731 times:
Quoting JeffM (Reply 7): All I can say is 'wow'...I didn't think it had a chance.
Based solely on quality, you would have been right in thinking that, mainly due to the flare around the cockpit However judgement calls have to be made based on the rarity of the subject and this one was a stunning subject and the first time to my knowledge that a photo of it has been seen.
A beautiful aircraft and a good story too - it had to be added didn't it ?