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ME 262 Jet Fighter

Thank you to the realistic free-to-play online game war thunder for sponsoring this simple history episode Messerschmitt me-262 German jet fighter World War 2 Nazi Germany was a strong supporter of jet technology and developed the first turbo jet-powered aircraft called the Heinkel 8178 which flew in 1939 only days before the German invasion of Poland the Messerschmitt me-262 was not the first fighter jet in World War 2 this was the Heinkel 80 to 80 although it would emerge several months before the British Gloster Meteor nevertheless the me-262 was an advanced design in the war that signaled a dawning of the jet age it was sleek in appearance with swept wings and a powerful armament under secret development for several years as project 1065 before the war had even started the me-262 prototype was ready in 1940 with a Junkers Jumo 210 piston engine turning the propeller because of delays and the intended turbo Jets the first test flight of the me-262 v1 was on April 18 1941 on July 18 1942 the me-262 now on its third prototype phase flew for the first time with turbo jets its powerplant were two Junkers Jumo double o4 turbo jets while these were better than the previously tested BMW double o3 engines they had a short operational lifespan of just 20 to 25 hours due to shortages of heat-resistant materials the jet had a maximum speed of 900 kilometers per hour or 559 miles per hour and would be difficult to maneuver for the inexperienced pilots training with this new machine the me-262 impressed many including the famous German air ace Adolf Galland and Adolf Hitler who insisted that it should be a bomber rather than a fighter some of the major variants were the hunter nicknamed the swallow the bomber nicknamed the storm bird and an experimental two-seater night fighter in its bomber role it was armed with two 250 kilogram bombs but with no bomb sites targeting accuracy was difficult as a fighter and therefore without the weight of bombs it was deadly against Allied aircraft it was armed with four thirty millimeter MK 108 cannons the jet could also be fitted with 24 r4m rockets which could take down a b-17 bomber with ease in less than a year of operational service the me-262 had proven that it was an effective innovative weapon against the Allied bombers and their escorts the jet fighter first saw action in the summer of 1944 in August the first me-262 lost to the enemy was shot down by a p-47 Thunderbolt the unit JV 44 commanded by General Adolf Galland saw much success against enemy bombers with a four to one kill ratio while it was much faster than the p-51 Mustang it was less maneuverable which US pilots took advantage of when the me-262 was making turns it would also be vulnerable to enemy aircraft during takeoff and landing on runways for Germany the me-262 came into the war too late allied bombing made production difficult and only 1433 total me-262s would be built after the war czechoslovakia also produced and flew their own me-262s if the history of the me-262 excited you try unlocking it in war thunder and dominate the skies against all those propeller aircraft war thunder is a free to play military online game available on PC and PlayStation 4 we play it on PC every now and then as the user names simple history so you might fight alongside us on the battlefield the game has a choice of over 1,000 realistic aircraft tanks and ships which you can use to fight in epic battles with tens of thousands of players from all over the world use the link in the description below to register and get a free premium tank or aircraft and three days of premium account time as a bonus see you on the battlefield

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