WOW157 – ME262 ‘Trainer’
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The Messerschmitt Me 262, nicknamed Schwalbe (German: “Swallow”) in fighter versions, or Sturmvogel (German: “Storm Bird”) in fighter-bomber versions, was the world’s first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. Design work started before World War II began, but problems with the engines, metallurgy and top-level interference kept this aircraft from operational status with the Luftwaffe until mid-1944. The Me 262 was faster and more heavily armed 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’s roles included light bomber, reconnaissance and experimental night fighter versions. Me 262 pilots claimed a total of 542 Allied aircraft shot down, although higher claims are sometimes made. The Allies countered its effectiveness in the air by attacking the aircraft on the ground or during take-off and landing. Our aircraft is one of the rare two seater variants, these were used to acclimatise new pilots to the ME 262 and also in the training of night fighter crew. This hand carved wooden Mahogany models aircraft is one of 10 available worldwide and comes with free figure AERO001 German pilot, this superb model includes free shipping worldwide.