Sunday, January 25, 2009

Messerschmitt Me 262

"What was that? What the hell was that? It went by like we were standing still!"

The Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe (German for Swallow) was the world's first operational turbojet fighter aircraft. It was produced in World War II and saw action starting in 1944 as a multi-role fighter/bomber/reconnaissance/interceptor warplane for the Luftwaffe. German pilots nicknamed it the Sturmvogel (Stormbird), while the Allies called it the Turbo. The Me 262 had a negligible impact on the course of the war due to its late introduction, with 509 claimed Allied kills (although higher claims are sometimes made) against the loss of more than 100 Me 262s.

Me262 vs B17

Wikipedia Entry on Me 262.

Pilot notes on Me 262

Summary of debriefing German pilot Hans Fey on operational performance & late war deployment of the Me 262 jet fighter

Me 262 Pilot's Handbook.

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