THE WORLD’S PREMIER WARBIRD AND CLASSIC AIRCRAFT BROKER
The Messerschmitt Me-262 was the world’s first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. and also the world’s first mass-produced jet fighter. The first successful flight of a jet Me-262 occurred on the 18th of July, 1942.
The aircraft had two nicknames: Schwalbe (“Swallow”) for the fighter version, or Sturmvogel(“Storm Bird”) for the fighter-bomber version. Design work started before World War II began, but engine problems, metallurgical problems 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.
Pilots of this aircraft claimed a total of 542 allied kills, though claims for the number are often higher than what was actually shot down. Captured Me 262s were studied and flight tested by the major pow B-47 Stratojet.
Messerschmitt ME-262 Static Restoration Using Many Original Parts
The paint scheme is the exact markings of the “White 8” WNr. 110400 in which the leading ace, Walter Nowotny was shot down by US fighters after having downed 2 bombers on his own and suffering from a flame out on both engines. Nowotny had 258 confirmed victories, the first Ace to cross the magic 250 victory line and who was then pulled out of his front line unit to form the first 262 fighter unit, the “Kommando Nowotny”.
This aircraft has been built/restored as a static museum piece and is not potentially airworthy. Approximately 30% of the aircraft is built using original ME-262 parts which were acquired over the past 20+ years. It is unique in the fact that this aircraft has so many original ME-262 parts while other replica ME-262 are new built and do not have any original parts.
Following parts are original:
Most of the cockpit instruments
Rudder bar with pedals, brake cylinders and hydraulic lines
Trim unit in the cockpit
Heated front window
A lot of levers and buttons
Rear canopy ejection bar
Fuselage rear section underneath the rear canopy
Two fuselage sections in the left rear fuselage
Tank mounts in the fuselage
Trigger units in the gun compartment
Locks of the gun compartment
All of the accessory hole covers
Section of the hydraulic system next to the cockpit
Oxygen bottles and rack in the fuselage
Oxygen vent in the fuselage
Power converter of the avionics
Tail section right
About half of the horizontal
Top of the rudder
Trim unit for the horizontal
Most of the control system in the tail
Inner structure of the vertical
External power plug
Bottom panel in front of the wings
Hydraulic cylinder in the wings
Part of the gear door retraction system
Structural parts in the wings
Smaller parts in the fuselage and wings
Engine nacelles are completely rebuilt including perfect engine mockups (when you look into the openings you will see the compressor wheels etc. – perfect for static display)
Two Riedel starter engines dismantled but included
Smaller parts in the engine nacelles including locks and hatches
Both main landing gear struts including hydraulic cylinders, hubs, tires
Front gear strut (there are two- right now a perfect copy is attached with original hydraulic cylinder, but since we have gotten a complete original front gear, we will attach that as well)
Front wheel incl hub, tire, brake and brake line.
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