The Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter plane held the line for the German Luftwaffe during World War II. It served throughout the war but had limitations. Limited fuel range meant it could not stay over England for long, which greatly hampered the Luftwaffe’s efforts during the Battle of Britain. When the Americans arrived the plane had passed its prime, being easily outclassed by faster more maneuverable planes like the P-38, P-47 and the P-51.
The version pictured here has two nose mounted 7.92 millimeter machine guns that shoot through the propeller, and a 20 millimeter cannon that shoots from the tip of the propeller cowling. It packed enough firepower to take on the B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators, but with a speed of under 380 miles per hour it proved too slow to fight it out with American fighters. The Luftwaffe would have to wait for the development of the Messerschmitt Me 262 and the Focke Wulf FW 190 before it could duke it out with the American fighters.