A former P-38/P-51 fighter pilot with the 55th Fighter Group wrote me asking how many airworthy Bf 109s there are worldwide.
I'm thinking that someone here would know the answer.
Here's his note to me:
"I'm still above ground, and volunteering some time at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, OR. Still the home of the HK-1 "Spruce Goose." An airworthy BF109G10 is on display, and I know of only one other in the U.S., last reported at Mojave, CA. Can you tell me how many airworthy Messerschmitt Bf109s remain worldwide. I thought only the two in the U.S., but a visitor at the museum corrected me. He stated that there are others.
Hopefully all is well with you and yours. This old, worn-out fighter pilot is trying to age gracefully, but it's a tough task. If you find yourself in the Portland, Oregon area, please be my guest at Evergreen museum. The collection is growing!
Stan Richardson, Jr."
Stan was also a P-38 RTU instructor, almost a legend among P-38 pilots for demontrating loops and barrel rolls on one engine during a time when pilots were terrified to fly the P-38 with an engine out.