Last Surviving Hispano HA-1112-M4L Performs First Post-Restoration Flight [Video]

On November 24, Hispano HA-1112 M4L Buchon G-AWHC performed its first post-restoration flight from Sywell Aerodrome, Northamptonshire with pilot Richard Grace at the controls.

The aircraft (C/N 40/2) is the only remaining example of the two-seat aircraft built by Hispano Aviación. Constructed in 1954, it served with the Spanish Air Force until the type was retired in 1965. Soon thereafter it became one of 27 Buchóns gathered by Hamish Mahaddie for use in the 1967 film The Battle Of Britain.

The production included input from WW2 aces Robert Stanford Tuck (RAF) and Adolf Galland (Luftwaffe) who reportedly went flying together in G-AWHC in order to “compare notes.” After filming was complete, the machine became part of Connie Edwards’ collection in Texas before being acquired by Air Leasing, Ltd. and relocated to the UK for restoration to airworthy condition.

Click below to check out videos of Friday’s flights.

G-AWHC Departure

Absolutely perfect conditions today for the first post-restoration flight of HA1114 G-AWHC with Richard Grace at the controls. This is the departure of the first of two flights today, a bit shaky camera, probably due to the cold !

Posted by Sywell Aerodrome on Friday, November 24, 2017

 

G-AWHC Landing

Landing shot of G-AWHC after her first post-restoration flight

Posted by Sywell Aerodrome on Friday, November 24, 2017

 

G-AWHC Taxying

G-AWHC Red 11 taxying in after her post restoration flight

Posted by Sywell Aerodrome on Friday, November 24, 2017

 

G-AWHC Second Departure

The second departure of G-AWHC Red 11

Posted by Sywell Aerodrome on Friday, November 24, 2017

 

G-AWHC Run and Break

G-AWHC run and break

Posted by Sywell Aerodrome on Friday, November 24, 2017

 
(Sywell Aerodrome via World Warbird News and Classic Warbirds Additional Information via The Victory Show Video and Top Still: Jeff Bell Thanks, Andrew and Pascal!)