Messerschmitt Me 108 B-1 „Taifun“

Me 108 became known through winning performances in competitions both national and international.

Stylish vintage classic

Regrettably, the exact history of our Me 108 B-1 can no longer be pieced together in full. What is known however: Built at Regensburg in 1940, she was used by the German Luftwaffe for courier flights and training.
Badly damaged, the plane was discovered by the US Navy in Tunisia in 1943. Repaired and traveling via Sicily, she was to make her way to the US.

The Foundation purchased the plane in 1990. The low-wing monoplane was lovingly returned to full glory in two years of restoration work. Our ME 108 has been a regular attraction at air shows since summer 1994.

Elly Beinhorn, the famous aviator to break numerous legendary world records in this aircraft type, christened the fully restored plane in her own name in 1993.

Even now, airmen still enthuse over the phenomenal flying performance of the Me 108 B-1. Noted for her elegant lines, it sometimes takes two looks even today to realize she's a real "veteran".

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Flying beauty, the Me 108 B-1
Flying beauty, the Me 108 B-1
Key facts
• Tail sign: D-EBEI
• Year built: 1940
• Crew: 1
• Passengers: 3
• Engine: 1 x Argus As 10c
• Cruising speed: 265 km/h (143 knots)
• Top speed: 320 km/h (173 knots)
• Max. range: Approx. 1,000 km (622 miles)
• Max. operating altitude: Approx. 6,000 m (19685 feet)
• Length: 8.30 m (27 ft 3 in)
• Wingspan: 10.62 m (34 ft 10 in)