Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe "White 1"
This Me 262 will be joining the Collings Foundation "Wings of Freedom Tour" with the B-17, B-24 and P-51 starting in 2011.
Willy Messerschmitt introduced the world to a whole new concept of cutting edge technology through the development of the first operational jet fighter, the Me-262. 60 years after the birth of the Me-262, the influence of this revolutionary jet can still be seen in contemporary aircraft. Swept wings, automatic slats, modular construction are all examples of technology introduced through the Me-262. More than any aircraft of its day, the 262 was a fighter of absolutely unrivalled potential. Full production of the Me-262 did not start until 1944, too late to affect the outcome of the war.