More Buchón arrivals

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HA-1112 Buchón C.4K-152/N4109G/ G‑AWHR, still wearing its Battle of Britain film paint, being unpacked at Sywell on 22 August. ASHLEY STEPHENSON

Two more examples of the highly prized Battle of Britain film Hispano HA-1112 Buchón arrived at Sywell on 22 August for restoration to fly with Air Leasing. They join two other Buchóns at the Northamptonshire aerodrome, including the only surviving two-seat derivative, HA-1112-M4L C.4K-112/ G-AWHC, which was enginerunning in late August. It has now been fitted with a framed canopy, in place of the blown canopy it wore while in service with the Spanish Air Force and during filming. After completion of the aerial sequences for Battle of Britain at the end of the wet summer of 1968, the four Sywell Buchóns were part of a cache of film aircraft that went to one of the principal pilots, Wilson ‘Connie’ Edwards, and were to remain stored at his ranch in Big Spring, Texas until 2015.