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Messerschmitt Me 262


ME 262 Jet Fighter


Messerschmitt ME 262 - Legend Flyers - Test flights


Messerschmitt Me 262 / engine start / original sound


Messerschmitt Me-262 Walk Around The World's First Jet Aircraft


WWII Luftwaffe Jets Messerschmitt ME-262

The Messerschmitt Me 262, nicknamed Schwalbe in fighter versions, or Sturmvogel in fighter-bomber versions, was the world's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. Design work started before World War II began, but problems with engines, metallurgy and top-level interference kept the aircraft from operational status with the Luftwaffe until mid-1944. The Me 262 was faster and more heavily armed than any Allied fighter, including the British jet-powered Gloster Meteor. One of the most advanced aviation designs in operational use during World War II, the Me 262's roles included light bomber, reconnaissance and experimental night fighter versions.