Messerschmitt 108 (NORD 1002)

Messerschmitt 108

Single engine sports/touring aircraft

History of Type

The 108 was designed by Willy Messerschmitt and first flown in March 1934 as a fast 4 seater sports, touring aircraft.  Nearly 300 were built.

They were highly successful at that time and were exported to many countries including Japan, Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Hungary, Switzerland.  One was brought to Australia in 1937 by Guinea Airways as a civilian touring aircraft.

The 108 was used in WW11 by the Luftwaffe as a reconnaissance, liaison and transport aircraft.  It was called the Taifun (Typhoon) in Luftwaffe service.

Originally built by Messerschmitt in Germany, production was shifted to occupied France in 1942 to the NORD factory near Paris.  NORD built aircraft were called the Pigouin (Penguin).

History of HARS Aircraft

The HARS aircraft is a French-built NORD and was used by the French Navy until 1960, when it was sold to a Belgian owner.

She was later bought and freighted to Canada by WW11 Luftwaffe Fighter Ace Franz Stigler (28 Victories).  Stigler lived in Vancouver Canada after the War and owned the 108 for 16 years.  He had her painted up the same as his own personal aircraft in Luftwaffe JG27, a Messerschmitt 109 fighter.

Stigler was the German pilot who during WW11 chivalrously refused to shoot down a badly damaged and crippled US Air Force B17 Bomber over Germany.  Rather he guided it and escorted it back to the North Sea towards England.  The B17 pilot Charlie Brown safely landed the plane in England and in 1990 both pilots met for the first time and became friends.  Both died within a few months of each other in 2008.

Our 108 is close to being airworthy and the only one in Australia.

Technical Specifications

Engines: 1 x 6 Cylinder Renault 6Q 10, 9.5 L inverted, air-cooled, ~230 bhp

Maximum takeoff weight: 1,645 kg

Length: 8.53 m

Wing span: 11.48 m

Height: 3.25 m

Cruising speed: 260 km/h

Range: ~1,000 km

Crew: 1 x pilot plus up to 3 passengers