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Originally posted by 303Guy 303Guy wrote:

Might I point out that the Messerschmitt  was designated Bf 109, having been developed before Willy Messerschmitt acquired the company.
Yep, but if you say BF-109 very few people will know what you are talking about.
 
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Originally posted by 303Guy 303Guy wrote:

Might I point out that the Messerschmitt  was designated Bf 109, having been developed before Willy Messerschmitt acquired the company.
 
I have found a somewhat different timelimne & explaination of the "BF" designation.
 

Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (BFW) (Bavarian Aircraft Works) was reformed in 1926.

 

Willy Messerschmitt joined the company in 1927 as chief designer and engineer.

 

Design work on Messerschmitt Project Number P.1034 (the prototype for the Messerschmitt Bf 109) began in March 1934, just three weeks after the development contract was awarded. The basic mock-up was completed by May, and a more detailed design mock-up was ready by January 1935. The RLM designated the design as type "Bf 109," the next available from a batch of numbers assigned to BFW.

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