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1935 Messerschmitt Bf109e by melkorius 1935 Messerschmitt Bf109e by melkorius
The Messerschmitt Bf 109, often called Me 109, was a German World War II fighter aircraft designed by Willy Messerschmitt and Robert Lusser during the early to mid 1930s. It was one of the first truly modern fighters of the era, including such features as all-metal monocoque construction, a closed canopy, a retractable landing gear, and was powered by a liquid-cooled, inverted-V12 aero engine.

The Bf 109 first saw operational service during the Spanish Civil War and was still in service at the dawn of the jet age at the end of World War II, during which time it was the backbone of the Luftwaffe's fighter force. From the end of 1941 the Bf 109 was supplemented by the Focke-Wulf Fw 190.

Originally conceived as an interceptor, later models were developed to fulfill multiple tasks, serving as bomber escort, fighter-bomber, day-, night-, all-weather fighter, ground-attack aircraft, and as reconnaissance aircraft. It was supplied to and operated by several states during World War II, and served with several countries for many years after the war. The Bf 109 was the most produced fighter aircraft in history, with a total of 33,984 units produced from 1936 up to April 1945.

The Bf 109 was flown by the three top-scoring German fighter aces of World War II, who claimed 928 victories among them while flying with Jagdgeschwader 52, mainly on the Eastern Front, as well as by Hans-Joachim Marseille, the highest scoring German ace in the North African Campaign. It was also flown by several other aces from Germany's allies, notably Finn Ilmari Juutilainen, the highest scoring non-German ace, and pilots from Romania, Croatia and Hungary. Through constant development, the Bf 109 remained competitive with the latest Allied fighter aircraft until the end of the war.
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TarJakArt Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nie but I agree with RussC1. The lighting is not quite right on the A/C.
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Rekalnus Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Like this airfield pose.

Suggestion: try looking at this with the aircraft subject layer turned down in brightness just a bit. It looks a bit bright for the background. The pilot looks really detailed and lifelike.
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
A nice rendering indeed, well done!!
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izagooner Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
VERY NICE
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fORCEMATION Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Artist
NICE ^^
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