- Apr 19, 2017
- Hirwaun, Aberdare, S.Wales, UK.
Agreed, but the 109 was a 1934 design whose basic construction was never changed. The undercarriage being attached to the fuselage enabled the factory production lines to operate manually, allowing the part-constructed fighter to be moved to the next stage where the wings were attached. These wings were light, single-sparred and lacked the addition of radiators etc, in the early versions and in the pursuit of lightness the aircraft was a success. Even late in the war, the 109 had its adherents and several Experten resisted the move to other types. Modifications such as wing fences which could have replaced slats more cheaply were not followed up so the occasional problems of accurate firing at high AoA were not resolved - but that was a small factor in combat if the Messerschmitt was used to best advantage. Later, burdened by heavy armour and various armament packs it was at an increasing disadvantage.