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Messerschmitt Me 262

The Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe (German for Swallow) was the world’s first operational turbojet fighter aircraft. It was produced in World War II and saw action starting in 1944 as a multi-role fighter/bomber/reconnaissance/interceptor warplane for the Luftwaffe. German pilots nicknamed it the Sturmvogel (Stormbird), while the Allies called it the Turbo or the Blow Job. The Me 262 had a negligible impact on the course of the war due to its late introduction, with 509 claimed Allied kills (although higher claims are sometimes made) against the loss of more than 100 Me 262s.

Me 262

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Messerschmitt Me 262A

Role

Fighter

Manufacturer

Messerschmitt

First flight

18 April 1941 with piston engines

18 July 1942 with jet engines

Introduction

April 1944[2][3]

Retired

1945, Luftwaffe

1957, Czechoslovakia

Primary users

Luftwaffe

Czechoslovak Air Force

Number built

1,430

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