Messerschmitt

Messerschmitt Me262 in Bodensee, 1946. (Credits: Erich Sallard)

The Messerschmitt Me 262 – First Operational Jet Fighter

The Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe (“Swallow”), also called the Sturmvogel (“Stormbird”) in its fighter-bomber version, was the world’s first operational jet fighter. It had the potential to create havoc for the western Allies during World War II. When officials demonstrated the plane to Adolf Hitler at Insterburg, Germany on Nov. 26, 1943, Hitler said that …

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Messerschmitt Me 262

Messerschmitt Me 262 Hit & Shot Down by U.S. Fighter

Seldom color footage from near the end (most likely April 1945) of World War 2, in Europe. U.S. gun camera footage of an American fighter (most likely a P-51 Mustang) firing at a German Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter. Several hits are seen on the wings and then on the tail of the Me 262, which appears …

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