Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe


Me 262 in Switzerland, April 1945
This Me 262 landed in Dübendorf, Switzerland on April 25th 1945, with nearly empty fuel tanks.
The Me 262 is the first operational jet fighter. As the first of its kind, the Me 262 suffered from several problems that hindered its operational career. One problem was Hitler's insistence to turn this plane into the "BlitzBomber" he required to stop the Allied landings in France; these orders delayed the Me 262 introduction in fighter squadrons. But the main problem was strictly technical: Jumo was simply having a very hard time producing its revolutionary engines in large numbers with a decent reliability.

Development

Me 262A-1a Schwalbe Me 262A-1a Schwalbe
Engines Two Jumo 004B jet engines 900 kg of thrust (each)
Armament Four nose-mounted Mk108 30mm cannons.
Performance Max speed: 870 km/h (540 mph) Ceiling: 11500 m (37730 ft)
Me 262B-1a
This Me 262B-1a was captured by the Americans, who added the FE-610 "Foreign Evaluation" code.

Stof's notes about this plane in iMOL's WarBirds©

The opinions expressed below are only my own, and nothing more...
This plane is really "one of a kind" in the WB skies. Taking-off with a full fuel tank (which is a good idea because of the very high fuel consumption) can be tricky because of engines inertia; so i suggest you keep the wheelbrakes on, throttle up, wait until the engines reach high revs, then release the brakes. It will shorten the runway length required for take-off. Of course, use full flaps for takeoff and landing.

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