DATABASE: HISPANO BUCHÓN - DEVELOPMENT

HISPANO: BUCHÓN DEVELOPMENT: How Spain came to fit a German fighter with a British engine

A pair of Battle of Britain film Buchóns, ‘Yellow 9’ and ‘Yellow 11’, at altitude in the summer of 1968. Picture: ALAMY

The very prominent underwing rocket rails, as well as the 20mm cannon and the deep ‘chin’ radiator so distinctive of the Buchón, are shown well in this view of a pre-delivery HA-1112-M1L.
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The Buchón largely owes its existence to Germany’s involvement in the Spanish Civil War, supporting Franco’s Nationalist forces from July 1936. The Legion Condor comprised Wehrmacht troops, armoured vehicles and a fleet of Luftwaffe aircraft including early variants of the Junkers Jumo-powered Messerschmitt Bf 109. The German machine was quickly found far superior to the Soviet Polikarpov I-15 and I-16 fighters operated by the Republicans.

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