Dragon DRW50186 German Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a Jet Fighter - Fhr. Hans-Guido Mutke, "White 3", 9./Jagdgeschwader 7, 1945 (1:72 Scale)
"Guns before butter. Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat."
- Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, Head of the German Luftwaffe
The jet-powered Me 262 Sturmvogel ("Stormbird") has long since gained its place in the annals of international aeronautical history. With its sleek aerodynamic design and high performance jet engines, the Me 262 radically changed the way in which air combat was waged.
The first design work on the Me 262 began in October 1938, with the first test flight, piloted by Fritz Wendel, occuring on April 18th, 1942. Tests continued well into 1942, although by this time the Me 262 was outfitted with two highly-efficient BMW turbojet engines. When he saw the aircraft for the first time in early 1943, Hitler insisted that the plane be designed as a low-level bomber instead of a fighter, which undermined the sleek aerodynamic properties of the jet aircraft. After much in-fighting among the Luftwaffe's upper echelons, the plane was eventually converted back into a high level interceptor, with series production beginning in the spring of 1944. The first jet fighter unit, commanded by Major Walter Nowotny, was formed in the summer of 1944 and was composed of many of the Luftwaffe's leading aces.
By war's end, 1,433 Me 262s had been produced, far too few a number to have much of an impact on the Allies strategic bombing campaign. In the end, the Allies' superiority in numbers overcame the tremendous technical achievements ushered in by the Me 262 program.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a German Messerschmitt Me-262A-1A jet fighter known as "White 3", and flown by Fhr. Hans-Guido Mutke of 9./JG 7. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 6.75 inches
Length: 5.75 inches
Release Date: April 2006
Historical Account: Dr. Hans Guido Mutke (March 25th, 1921 - April 8th, 2004 in Munich, Germany) was a fighter pilot for the German Luftwaffe during World War II. He claimed to be the first person to break the sound barrier and to achieve supersonic flight, although this claim is disputed.
After the war he worked as an airline pilot and as a doctor for aviation medicine. He died on April 8th 2004 during a heart valve operation.