Me 262

When Allied POWs at Stalag Luft III saw a Me 262 flying above the camp were so shocked they feared Germany could still win War World II

When Allied POWs at Stalag Luft III saw a Me 262 flying above the camp were so shocked they feared Germany could still win War World II

The Messerschmitt Me 262 Nicknamed Schwalbe (Swallow), the Messerschmitt Me 262 surpassed the performance of every other World War II… Read More

3 months ago

Watch the Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe WW II jet fighter displaying for the first time in the UK

Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe displaying for the first time in the UK Filmed at RAF Fairford during Royal International Air… Read More

7 months ago

The Luftwaffe Me 262 pilot who might have gone supersonic two years earlier than Chuck Yeager: the story of Hans-Guido Mutke

Hans-Guido Mutke mentioned his experiences of Apr. 9, 1945 during a conference to mark the 50th anniversary of jet powered… Read More

8 months ago

The Spitfire Mk.XIV (and not the P-51D) was the best piston-engined fighter of WWII in Europe even according to Adolf Galland. Here’s why.

There were around 20 high performance fighter types at least nominally in service in Europe when World War II there… Read More

9 months ago

The day Allied POWs at Stalag Luft III saw a Luftwaffe Me 262 flying above the camp were so shocked they feared Germany could still win War World II

The gun turret operators among the prisoners said that there was no way they could rotate their turrets fast enough… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the Nakajima Kikka, the Japanese Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe that never was

The Kikka successfully performed its first and only test flight, which lasted just 20 minutes, on Aug. 7, 1945 from… Read More

3 years ago

The story of the Messerschmitt Me 262 three-seater night fighter that never was

The Me 262-based three-seater was an attempt to meet the Luftwaffe advanced night fighter competition aimed to develop a plane… Read More

3 years ago

The story of the observation mission to monitor V2 impacts flown by Luftwaffe Arado Ar 234 reconnaissance aircraft on Christmas Day 1944

While less famous than the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighters, the Ar 234s that reached Luftwaffe units provided excellent service,… Read More

4 years ago

Here are the criteria that define jet fighters generations (along with several examples of every generation)

Jet fighters generations are categories created to separate major technology leaps in the historical development of jet fighters. Jet fighters… Read More

4 years ago

Here’s why, also according to Adolf Galland, the Spitfire Mk.XIV (and not the P-51D) was the best piston-engined fighter of WWII in Europe

Technology was advancing rapidly towards the end of the war, with the most powerful piston-engined types the world had ever… Read More

4 years ago

The ringmaster’s Grand Finale: Legendary German Ace Adolf Galland tells the exciting story of his last combat mission

“As usual in a dogfight, I was tense and excited. I forgot to release the second safety catch for the… Read More

4 years ago

The story of Hans-Guido Mutke, the Me 262 pilot who might have gone supersonic two years earlier than Chuck Yeager

"The airspeed indicator was stuck in the red danger zone, which is over 1100kph. I noticed that rivets began popping… Read More

4 years ago

The story of the Blohm & Voss BV 155, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 on Steroids that Never Was

Had it somehow been rushed into production sooner though, the BV 155 might well have made itself useful in combating… Read More

4 years ago

The First Engagement Between a P-51 and an Me 262 and the Death of Luftwaffe Ace Walter Nowotny

Nowotny's last words, though garbled, indicated that his aircraft was hit and on fire, and seconds later he crashed to… Read More

4 years ago

A Quick Look at the Heinkel He 280, the World’s First Jet Fighter that Never Entered Service

Although failing to reach production status after losing out to the more aerodynamically advanced Me 262, the Heinkel He 280… Read More

4 years ago

B-26 Vs Me 262: the Marauder close encounters with the jets flown by Luftwaffe’s Experten

Interrogated after the war the famed ace Adolf Galland stated the B-26 was the one Allied aircraft he least liked… Read More

5 years ago