Messerschmitt Me-262


The most speculated about jet-fighter ever built, the German Messerschmitt Me-262 was the first operational jet-fighter.  Active toward the end of WWII, it was about a hundred miles an hour faster than anything else in the air.  The Me 262 appeared too late in the war to have an effect on the massive stream of American B-17 Flying Fortresses.  This plane can be seen at the United States Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. ( http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/ )

I have often heard people and historians speculate about Hitler’s decision to produce the Me-262 as a bomber and that decision delayed the production of the 262 as a fighter.  The following quote from Galland sheds some light on that debate.

“I would like to mention that I have flown the 262 first in May ‘43. At this time, the aircraft was completely secret. I first knew of the existence of this aircraft only early in ‘42 – even in my position. This aircraft didn’t have any priority in design or production.”
Adolf Galland

This quote from Galland brings some light into the debate about Hitler’s meddling in the design of the Me 262.  Maybe Galland, knowing about the speculation on the planes design, is just protecting Hitler’s reputation by suggesting the plane had no “priority in design or production.”

Here is a link to more information about this jet, and some footage of it in flight.


2 Responses to “Messerschmitt Me-262”

  1. 1 Pierre Lagacé
    January 24, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    I visited the museum in 1976.

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