Robert F. Dorr

Messerschmitt Me262 in Bodensee, 1946. (Credits: Erich Sallard)

The Messerschmitt Me 262 – First Operational Jet Fighter

The Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe (“Swallow”), also called the Sturmvogel (“Stormbird”) in its fighter-bomber version, was the world’s first operational jet fighter. It had the potential to create havoc for the western Allies during World War II. When officials demonstrated the plane to Adolf Hitler at Insterburg, Germany on Nov. 26, 1943, Hitler said that …

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