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The last flying Heinkel He 111 built by the Spanish after the war under licence as the Casa 2.111. It was used by General Franco as his personal plane then later used in the Battle of Britain film. It was then sold to the Confederate airforce and sadly crashed in 2003 killing both of the crew.

 

 

 

 

 

The CASA 2.111 was designed to be a medium bomber that was manufactured in Spain by Construcciones Aeronauticas SA (CASA). This aircraft was designed with the German Heinkel He 111 in mind and looked very similar, in terms of their frames. The CASA 2.111 however, had heavier armament than the He 111 and used different engines, eventually opting for Rolls Royce Merlin as their engine of choice. This engine choice happened as they suffered problems with the original German-built Junkers engine.

Of all the CASA 2.111’s created, only 14 (approx) survive to this day, all in various non-flying conditions. These remaining aircraft are either in storage or on display at aviation museums / facilities.

This particular CASA 2.111 was the last of its type that could still fly. On July 10th 2003, it was involved in a crash landing that ended fatally. This tragedy of a landing happened while attempting to land at Cheyenne Municipal Airport after flying from Midland, Texas. It was en-route to an air show in Missoula, Montana when the accident occurred.

Eyewitness accounts state the aircraft appeared to lose power in one engine while on its final approach to the airstrip and crashed through a chain fence. Following this, it then collided with a building (a school bus-washing business) that was undergoing construction. Sadly in this collision, the pilot and co-pilot were fatally injured (Neil R. Stamp and Charles S. Bates).

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I heard about the crash a a few years later. Also there is a bit of information on Heinkels on youtube, as you see. A large consignment of motors for He and Me were destroyed by bombing while being transported to Spain by rail. After that, no further motors could be delivered, as the production had difficulty supplying the war effort. Therefore Rolls Royce motors seemed the only alternative, but for which the engine nacelles had to be reconstructed and look markedly different to that of the original version, as can be seen in the Battle of Britain film. There is one Casa 111 in the Technikmuseum in Sinsheim, which has been repainted in the markings of Kampfgeschwader 4. I believe there is also a further example under restoration and reconstruction in a museum in Berlin. A museum in Norway has several which have been restored and reconstructed from wrecks around Norway. A coulple of years ago one motor and some parts were recovered from the crashsite in Beisfjord - a machine of 2./KG 26, apparently 1H+FK, in which Unteroffizier (later Oberfeldwebel) Neusüß and crew had made a forced landing on 29. May 1940. See flyvrak internet site.

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An exciting film of  a flight of the last airworthy Heinkel - in formation with other historic aircraft, the Heinkel  unfortunately no longer exists, destroyed in a crash 2003 in US with loss of life, as mentioned above.

 

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And the crash site of a He 111 of 2./KG26 in Norway, 1940

Heinkel He 111 (1H+HK) crash site

This was a trip to Skjørestadfjellet to see the crash site of a WW2 German Luftwaffe Heinkel He 111 bomber. Not much left of the wreck after 70 years. It crashed here on 4th of November 1940 on the return trip to Sola airfield, Stavanger, after a sortie to England.
Killing Uffz./ Flugzeugfhr. Josef Mendler, Uffz./ Bordfunker Erhard Reisch,Ofw./ Beob. Otto Stuckmann and Uffz./ Bordmechanik Willhelm Zeckay. All rest at Havstein cemetery: byblis.net/ww2/havstein/ And more information of this and other wrecks,German and Allied on this great site: ktsorens.tihlde.org/flyvrak/

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Very interesting! This plane looks so much bigger in photos and in films, but is quite small when viewed in person. I remember there was a nice example of this plane on display at the Frankfurt Airport in Germany awhile back. 

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See the series of articles about the man who flew in one of these machines. Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of his death, 25.8.2009. His daughter died 15 days later:

https://www.treasurebunker.com/forums/index.php?/search/&q=neusüß

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