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Plane with Nazi paint job lands on US highway

Small aircraft painted to look like German World War II-era Messerschmitt BF 109 is used for stunts in air shows

Illustrative image of A Messerschmitt Bf 109E photographed at Thunder Over Michigan in 2006. (CC BY D. Miller, Wikimedia commons)
Illustrative image of A Messerschmitt Bf 109E photographed at Thunder Over Michigan in 2006. (CC BY D. Miller, Wikimedia commons)

A small plane, painted to look like a World War II-era Nazi plane, made an emergency landing on a US highway on Monday.

Only the pilot was on the plane when it touched down in Gwinnett County, north-east of Atlanta, Georgia.

The two-seater plane was liveried to look like a German Messerschmitt BF 109, complete with a swastika on the tail. The pilot, Fred Meyer, told 11 Alive news station that the plane was painted like that because it “is used for stunts at air shows.”

Local media reports said that the pilot landed after experiencing engine failure. The plane landed safely and there were no injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as that the plane was a “Sonex experimental, amateur-built aircraft.”

Sonex manufacture kit-set airplanes.

Kelsey D. Atherton, a defense technology writer for Popular Science tweeted that despite the paint, the plane looked different from the model it was ostensibly imitating.

“Going for historical accuracy in the paint is an odd defense when the plane it’s trying to mimic looks way different,” he tweeted.”

https://twitter.com/AthertonKD/status/889552875210194944

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