Messerschmitt 262 – World’s first operational Jet-Powered Fighter Aircraft

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Messerschmitt Me 262 : History Channel Documentary

The Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe/ Sturmvogel of Nazi Germany was the world’s first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. Design work started before World War II began, but engine problems and top-level interference kept the aircraft from operational status with the Luftwaffe until mid-1944. Heavily armed, it was faster than any Allied fighter, including the British jet-powered Gloster Meteor. One of the most advanced aviation designs in operational use during World War II, the Me 262 was used in a variety of roles, including light bomber, reconnaissance, and even experimental night fighter versions.