Messerschmitt Me 262

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Me 262 Schwalbe
Messerschmitt Me 262 A-1a late production model
Role Fighter aircraft and fighter-bomber
Manufacturer Messerschmitt
First flight 18 April 1941 with piston engine (Junkers Jumo 210)
18 July 1942 with jet engines[1]
Introduction April 1944[2][3]
Retired 1945, Germany
1951, Czechoslovakia[4]
Primary users Luftwaffe
Czechoslovak Air Force (S-92)
Number built 1,430

The Me 262 was a German fighter aircraft flown during late World War II. It was the first jet to be used in war. It began test flights in 1942, but was not used in combat by the German air force, the Luftwaffe, until 1944. Very few were built because Germany's enemies were bombing factories. It saw little action because the war was nearly over. The jet engines of the new machine often caused problems, that's why a lot of machines had deathly accidents.

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  1. Radinger & Schick 1996, p. 23.
  2. Price 2007, pp. 36–37.
  3. Radinger & Schick 1996, p. 49.
  4. Balous et al. 1995, p. 53.