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Me 262A-1A/U3
ME7601

Me 262A-1A/U3
ME7602

The first jet fighter to achieve operational status, the Me 262 suffered from Hitler's meddling in war planning.  Arriving too late to have any impact on the outcome of WW2, the fighter was still far superior to anything in the Allies arsenal.  Most combat losses occurred when the a/c was in its most vulnerable phases of flight - take-off and landing.  Of 1,433 completed,  about 200 saw operational duty.

General:

Type: Fighter

Crew: 1

Seating: 1

First Flight: 18/July/1942 (jet powered)

Specifications

 

Propulsion

 

Performance

 

Length:

Height:

Wingspan:

Empty Weight:

Gross Weight:

34'  9.5" 

12'  7" 

41'  0"

- lbs.

15,500  lbs.

No. Engines:

Horsepower:

Power plant:

2

1850  lb s.t.

Junkers Jumo 004B

Range:

Speed (max):

Speed (cruise):

Climb:

Ceiling:

652  miles

540  mph

- mph

- ft/sec

39,360  ft

Armament:

4 x 30mm MK 108 cannon, plus 2 x 250 kg bombs or 1 x 500 kg bomb carried on external racks under the fuselage.      

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