For a rare plane, call on the best mechanic

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Mike Nixon not only knows this engine, he built it. Mike is the owner of Vintage V-12s. He brings exotic piston engines back to life and created some of the fastest race engines in the world. Nixon is in town to make sure the powerplant in the FHC’s Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3 is tuned and ready for this year’s flying season.

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