Rare Messerschmitt plane at air museum

Eloise Ogden/MDN This Messerschmitt ME-109CAK is on display in the Flying Legends Hangar at the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot.

Visitors to the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot will have the opportunity to see one of the few rare remaining Messerschmitt ME-109CAK.

The World War II-era German fighter belongs to the Erickson Aircraft Collection out of Madras, Oregon.

The plane arrived at the air museum earlier this week.

Prior to the Minot air museum, the plane was at the Grand Forks Air Force Base air show last weekend.

This aircraft “was a Spanish-built Buchon, the last version of Willy Messerschmitt’s famous fighters, the German ME-109, the scourge of Allied Forces in World War II,” according to the Erickson Aircraft Collection website.

Messerschmitt was a German aircraft developer, designer and manufacturer.

According to some aviation history, many consider the ME-109 to be the greatest fighter plane in aviation history.

Jenna Grindberg, air museum director, said the plane in the Minot air museum has the notoriety of being one of 28 aircraft used to film the movie “Battle of Britain.”

She said the plane is expected to remain at the Minot air museum until about mid-July.


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