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.

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.

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Messerschmitt Me 262  Bomber on German Aircraft of WWII

Messerschmitt Me 262 Bomber on German Aircraft of WWII

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Messerschmitt Me 262 ,first jet fighter built by Germany in ww2

Messerschmitt Me 262 ,first jet fighter built by Germany in ww2

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Can't help but think that if the nazis had won we'd be much further ahead in terms of aircraft design.

Can't help but think that if the nazis had won we'd be much further ahead in terms of aircraft design.

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Messerschmitt Me-262 - WWII Jet fighter. World's first operational jet to see action.

Messerschmitt Me-262 - WWII Jet fighter. World's first operational jet to see action.

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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.

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.

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