With a back seat

Managed and run by the Grace family, Air Leasing at Sywell continues to go from strength to strength, and its latest project is a film star with an unrivalled pedigree. Chris Gilson gets up close to a Buchón made for two

At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking that the aircraft parked on the tarmac outside Air Leasing’s Spitfire Blister headquarters in Sywell was another Hispano- Suiza HA-1112 Buchón. This is the Spanish licence-built version of the famous Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter that features a 1,400hp Rolls-Royce Merlin 500-45 engine, and incredibly, remained in frontline service with the Spanish Air Force until 1966

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