Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe

The shark-like Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe was the world’s first operational jet fighter. Powered by two Junkers Jumo engines mounted under its slightly swept-back wings, it was at least 70mph faster than any World War II piston-engine aircraft.
German pilot, Adolf Galland, described the exhilarating experience of flying the jet as like being “pushed by angels”.
Unfortunately for the Luftwaffe, the development of the Me 262 was slow. The first prototypes were ready by 1941,but there was no suitable jet engine, so they made their maiden flight with a propeller. After the Me 262 made its first jet-powered flight in July 1942, further delays ensued due to Hitler’s efforts to have the aircraft developed as a bomber instead of a fighter.
When Schwalbes were belatedly added to the defence of Germany in 1944-45, they brought down a fair number of Allied bombers. Their Speed made them excellent interceptors, especially when armed with air-to-air rockets, but they were not agile enough to match Allied lighters in a doglight.
Essentially still experimental aircraft, the Me 262s were subject to frequent engine flame-outs and were a nightmare to land, the touchdown speed being far too high for safety.
They were never available in sufficient numbers to have a serious effect on the air war, and only some 300 ever saw combat.

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