D-215 Me-262B-1a Doppelsitzsiger 1:72
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The Messerschmitt Me 262, nicknamed Schwalbe (German: "Swallow") in fighter versions, or Sturmvogel (German: "Storm Bird") 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.
Me 262 pilots claimed a total of 542 Allied aircraft shot down,although higher claims are sometimes made.[Note 1] The Allies countered its effectiveness in the air by attacking the aircraft on the ground and during takeoff and landing. Strategic materials shortages and design compromises on the Junkers Jumo 004 axial-flow turbojet engines led to reliability problems. Attacks by Allied forces on fuel supplies during the deteriorating late-war situation also reduced the effectiveness of the aircraft as a fighting force. Armament production within Germany was focused on more easily manufactured aircraft.In the end, the Me 262 had a negligible impact on the course of the war as a result of its late introduction and the consequently small numbers put in operational service.
- Plane model
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- German Aviation Lufftwafe tactical number SH air base Germany 1944.
- Adhesive for plastic models with a brush
- Airplane used by the US Air Force after World War II tactical number SH US air base summer 1945.
- Czechoslovak Aviation, licensed after World War II as Avia CS-92 tactical number V-35 aircraft with the Praha-Kbely aviation museum
- The aircraft used by the RAF Air Force of Great Britain after World War II, Farnborough UK air base 1945.
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- 3 (average)
- World War II
- Czech Republic
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