The Luftwaffe's Messerschmitt ME-262 Schwalbe jet. Once airborne, it simply could not be touched by allied fighters. It flew over 150 km/h faster. The only reliable way to destroy them, as with the Luftwaffe's even faster Me 163 rocket fighters, was to get to them on the ground before-and-during-take-off, or simply to deprive the Germans of the fuel supplies they needed. But this worked. These magnificent warbirds ended up not changing a thing in the course of the war.
July 18th, 1942 First jet powered flight of the Messerschmitt Me 262. The Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe (English: “Swallow”) of Nazi Germany was the world’s first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. Design work started before World War II began, but engine problems and top-level interference kept the aircraft from operational status with the Luftwaffe until mid-1944.