So Many Aircraft Newsletter - 2021 #1

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In this issue: • Spirit @ KMHT – inaugural flights of Spirit Airlines to/from the ManchesterBoston Regional Airport. • FreedomOne – Southwest Airlines’ newest aircraft with a special livery visits KMHT. • Bowman Field fly-in and STOL competition. • The Grand Messerschmitt Project of 2021.

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Spirit Airlines is the newest addition to the airlines operating at KMHT. These pictures show the inaugural arrival (from KFLL) and departure (to KMCO) on October 7th. The aircraft is Airbus A320neo (N745NK, c/n 10594).

Another interesting visitor on October 7th: Bombardier CRJ700 (N603SK, c/n 10248) of Skywest Airlines, operating for American Airlines (but sporting the Skywest livery).

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Southwest Airlines’ newly painted Boeing 737-8H4 “FreedomOne” (N500WR, c/n 36898) has recently paid two visits to KMHT: September 2nd (this page) and October 20th (opposite page).

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The 35th annual Bowman Field fly-in was held on August 28th in Livermore Falls, ME, and also featured an STOL competition. (pictures, clockwise) 1949 Cessna 190 (N9363A, c/n 7442); former Austrian Air Force Cessna O-1E Bird Dog (N4443F, c/n 22085); 1941 Waco UPF-7 (NC32112, c/n 5744); Funk B-85-C Bee (NC81134, c/n 264).

1952 Cessna 170B (N2233D, c/n 20385) and (below) 1946 Piper J3C-65 Cub (N63601, c/n 17320) flown by the STOL competition’s winner John Machamer.

Bearhawk 5 prototype (N619MS, c/n 001) and (below) Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub (N4428Z, c/n 18-8766).

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The Grand Messerschmitt Project of 2021 is our ambitious undertaking to complete five scale models of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 (different variants) in 1/72nd scale. The pictures on the opposite page show two Finnish Air Force Bf 109Gs: (top) “MT-213” of HLeLv 34 (Fighter Squadron No.34), a Bf 109G-2 (at Suulajärvi in Finland in May 1944) and one of the subjects of our project. (bottom) “MT-417” of HLeLv 34, the ride of Major Eino Luukkanen (56 kills), a Bf 109G-6 (at Immola in June 1944). Source: SA-kuva. The aircraft chosen for this project are: • Bf 109G-2 (MT-213, “White 3”) of 1/HLeLv 34, Finnish Air Force, operating from Suulajärvi in April 1944. We are using the FineMolds kit and some aftermarket parts and decals. • Bf 109G-6 trop (MT-431) of 1/HLeLv 24, Finnish Air Force, operating from Utti in September 1944. Also from a FineMolds kit. • Bf 109G-6 (MT-452, “Yellow 4”) of HLeLv 31 in Kauhava in 1948 (and yes, you guessed it, FineMolds’ kit). • Bf 109G-6 late (MT-456, “Yellow 6”) of 1/HLeLv 24 in Lappeenranta in June 1944. For this one, we are using the Premium Hobbies kit (reboxing of the old Academy G-14). • Bf 109E-7 (“«”) of III/JG 5, Luftwaffe, operating in Petsamo, Finland in August 1942. This model is being built from the (newish) Airfix kit. At the time of writing, the project is almost complete. Read more about it at (below, clockwise from top left) G-model fuselages (all FineMolds except the top one which is from Premium Hobbies); all airframes complete, waiting airbrushing; E-7 (left) and G-2 with painting completed; G-6 trop with masked canopy.


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Boeing 757-24APF (N417UP, c/n 23904) of UPS at KMHT on October 7th. This is the inaugural issue of the So Many Aircraft Newsletter. It will be published sporadically and will feature recent happenings in the world of So Many Aircraft. Stay tuned for the next issue.

Typeset and illustrated by Ora Lassila using LATEX, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Lightroom Classic. Font: Rosario by Omnibus Type. All photographs by Ora Lassila. Copyright ©2021 So Many Aircraft.


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