CASA 2.111

Casa 2

G-AWHB – ‘6J+PR’

With the H.A.M from May 1972 to May 1983*

One of the museum’s most illustrious residents and a veritable star of the silver screen, this ex-Spanish Air Force CASA 2.111 (B.21-37) was one of 32 airframes used in the 1969 epic ‘Battle of Britain’. While most of the filming for this classic actually took place in Spain, two aircraft were flown to the UK to film a small number of shots over the English countryside, ‘6J+PR’ being one of these aircraft. Externally identical to the original He 111 bomber, the only real noticeable differences were the large radiator cooling intakes at the base of the nacelles directly behind the propellers and the higher placement of the engine’s exhaust manifolds, both of which denoted that she was equipped with British Merlin engines rather than the original Jumos which powered all German built production aircraft.

Having been stored outside at Bovingdon once her roll in the aforementioned filmCASA 2 (2) had concluded, she was eventually despatched to West Maling in 1971 where she was put up for sale. In May 1972 she was bought by the H.A.M and was subsequently moved to Southend on the back of a lorry where not long after her arrival, she underwent some restoration work and a full repaint, after which she was then put on display within the purpose built hangar. However by 1974, the museum’s aircraft had been shifted about and she had been placed in the compound outside to make way for the museum’s more ‘delicate’ aircraft. There she would sit exposed to the elements, even after the museum had closed its doors in March 1983.

Then on May 10th, Philips auctioneers disposed of the remaining H.A.M aircraft and this CASA was eventually sold to Paul Raymond who had it moved to London Bridge during July of that year. In 1985, Kermit Weeks made an attempt to CASA 3acquire the aircraft, however the deal fell through and she was moved to Royston in 1986. Having been stored outside for almost 15 years she was rapidly beginning to deteriorate when Aces High stepped in during 1988 to purchase the aircraft for future restoration. Rumour has it that she has now been purchased for display in Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection in Everett, Washington, although the airframe itself was understood to be in poor condition when it was last seen at Marham in 2002. However, things do seem to be looking up and during the winter of 2014 and 2015, this aircraft was seen being worked on at Duxford, with a good deal of restoration work having been carried out on the fuselage, although the aircraft still remains in a dismantled state.

 

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