The previous owner's dream on the wing at the first pictures
I'd never stop believing, that restoring a WW2 aircraft /even found in bad shape/ means erazing history and converting a genuine thing into 1/2 to 3/4 replica. Not to mention the further risk of it making a hole in the ground during an airshow
I like to see these really beautys again on the air.
All the same it's still a thrill to see them fly.
Fortunately they don't crash very often but when they do I agree it is a terrible loss, but, as a frequent visitor to the National Air Races(I live 45 minutes from where they are held at Reno/Stead Airfield and a good friend of mine controls almost the whole flight line with his business so I get good seats) I can safely say there is nothing more impressive than seeing a F7F Tigercat, or a F8 Bearcat, or a P-51, or a Hawker Sea Fury ripping past you at 50 feet elevation and 450 knots! Another friend of mine Doug Champlin has recently agreed to sell his FW-190 to Paul Allen(at least that was the last I heard) so I will no longer be able to sit in the cockpit
This is good.
Most of the FW-190s seen at airshows are really Hispano HA-1112 "buchon" aircrafts, which were built in Spain with license from Messerschmitt AG during WWII and after. They remained in service until the sixties in the spanish Air Force.
I would definitively ground the last real WWII warbirds remaining in the world and keep them in museums for future generations to admire. It is horrible everytime one crashes, both because the loss of life and for the destruction of a museum piece.