Dragon DRW50243 German Messerschmitt Me 262B-1a Twin-Seat Jet Fighter - "Red 35", III./E Jagdgeschwader 2, May 1945 (1:72 Scale)
"It was as if an angel is pushing you..."
- Adolf Galland, discussing his first flight in the Me 262 jet fighter
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.
This 1:72 scale twin seater version of the Me 262 is all newly tooled to accurately replicate the unique features of this version. It features the markings of ErgĂ¤nzungs-Jagdgeschwader 2, which was an advanced training unit that operated from the Luftwaffe's Lechfield airbase. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 6.75 inches
Length: 5.75 inches
Release Date: July 2006
Historical Account: "Mending a Broken Past" - Development of the worldâ€™s first jet-powered aircraft actually began as early as 1938 in Germany, culminating in the advanced Me 262 fighter. A more unusual version of this famous Messerschmitt was the Me 262B-1a, a two-seater trainer version that was necessary to help pilots transform from propeller-driven to jet-powered aircraft. Fifteen of these two-seaters were built in the autumn of 1944, with more being subsequently manufactured as night fighter versions equipped with radar.