Messerschmitt Me 262B-1a/U1 (Wk. Nr. 110305), "Red 8", 10./NJG11, 305, two-seat trainer converted into a provisional night fighter version equipped with FuG 218 Neptun radar and Hirschgeweih (stag antler) eight-dipole antenna array. This aircraft was collected at Schleswig-Jagel, Germany in May 1945. "Red 8" flew operationally with Kurt Welters 10./NJG11 at Magdeburg. Very few survived the fighting, and this is the sole example remaining in existence.
Considered to be the most advanced fighter of WWll, this example was captured by the RAF at the end of the war and flown to the UK for technical assessment. Now exhibited in the Milestones of Flight collection at Hendon.
This Me-262A is on display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the USAF. It was brought to the US from Germany in July 1945 for flight evaluation. Subsequently restored by the 96th Mobile Maintenance Squadron, Kelly Air Force Base, TX in 1976-1979. It is painted without operational unit markings to represent an aircraft that has just left the production line.
This priceless two-seater trainer version was captured intact in Northern Germany and after WWII sent to the Armament Test Division, NAS Patuxent River for tests and evaluation. Later she was used as the template for reverse engineering newbuild machines on the the 'Me-262 Project'. In return she was restored to this immaculate condition and, although the link to Naval aviation may be a little tenuous, I was more than thrilled to see her at the National Naval Aviation Museum.
This full-scale, exact replica was one of six (?) reproduced in the US from the original plans. Pictured here showing off her triangular cross-section and taxying in after her flying display at ILA 2010. It really is quite someting to see a flying Me-262 in 2010!
Bomber Built c.Feb 1945 saw combat with 4/KG(J)51, code 9K+XK, and Gefechtsverband Hogeback 'black X'. Flown to Fassberg at war's end and captured. Flown by the RAF to Farnborough for testing. Allocated RAF serial VP544 / Air Min 81. In 1946 shipped to Australia for the AWM. Displayed at AWM 1955-70, then loaned to the RAAF Museum Point Cook 1970-81. Minor restoration by CAC 1982 & returned to AWM Annexe 1988. On display in these rather dingy surrounds since 2003.