Footage of a restored Messerschmitt ME 262 from the ILA2006 (Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung; International Aerospace Exhibition) in Berlin. (Take-off /Flight /Landing).
The American ME 262 Project, based in Everett, Washington, completed flight-testing in January 2003, allowing delivery of several versions of the Messerschmitt ME 262. The close-to-perfect replicas included at least two twin-seat versions of the B-1c, one version of the A-1c single seater and two replicas that could be switched between the one-seater and a two-seater configuration.
All of the reproductions are powered by General Electric J85 engines and include added safety features, such as stronger landing gear and enhanced brakes. The “c” suffix was informally assigned by reference to the new J85 engine and has been approved by the Messerschmitt Foundation in Germany. (The Werk Numbers of the newly reproduced aircraft were continued from where the last Messerschmitt ME 262 that was produced during WW II left off; a continuous aircraft serial number system that now has a 50-year aircraft production break).
Flight-testing of the first newly reproduced ME 262 A-1c (single-seat) version (Werk Number 501244) was finalized in August 2005. The first of these planes (Werk Number 501241) was purchased privately by an owner in the southwestern United States, while the second Messerschmitt ME 262 A-1c (Werk Number 501244) was delivered to Manching, Germany for the Messerschmitt Foundation.
The Messerschmitt Foundation’s reproduced ME 262 performed private flight-testing in late April 2006 and made its debut flight in public at the ILA 2006 in May. The newly refurbished ME 262 flew during the public flight demonstrations at the 2006 exhibition.
ME 262 Werk Number 501241 was delivered to the Collings Foundation designated as White 1 of JG 7; this aircraft offered ride-along flights starting in 2008. The third reproduction, a non-flightworthy Messerschmitt ME 262 A-1c, was delivered to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in May 2010.