Messerschmitt Me 262B 2 Seat Trainer -1./KG 53, Luftwaffe, Giebelstadt, Germany, 1944
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA35708: Messerschmitt Me 262B 2 Seat Trainer of 1./KG 53, Luftwaffe, Giebelstadt, Germany, 1944. Limited Edition of 1,000 Pieces.
Length 5.75 inches Wingspan 6.75
The Me 262B-1a was the 2 seat trainer version of the single seat Me 262 jet fighter that entered service with the Luftwaffe in 1944. Development of a training variant became an urgent requirement due to the high number of accidents suffered by Me 262 units, most of which were caused by technical problems arising from the newly developed turbojet engines or as a result of undercarriage malfunctions. To help familiarise Me 262 pilots with the new jet aircraft, the cockpit area of the single seater was re-designed in order to accommodate an instructor in a tandem seating arrangement. This required the removal of an internal fuel tank so provision was made for two 66 gallon auxiliary tanks to be carried beneath the forward area of the fuselage. The standard armament fit of 4 x 30mm cannon in the nose was retained. Only 15 examples of the Me 262B-1a trainer had been produced by the end of World War 2, although its design concept was instrumental in the development of the Me 262B-1a/U1 nightfighter.
Designed to meet Adolph Hitler’s vision of a high-speed, light-payload ground attack bomber, the Me 262 was first flown on April 18, 1941. As the world’s first operational jet aircraft, development of the 262 was dominated by confusion, with Hitler envisioning a bomber and designers envisioning a jet fighter. Capable of outpacing the P-51 Mustang by 120 miles per hour, the 262 was clearly the best fighter plane to serve in WWII but was too late to help the Luftwaffe. Its specialized maintenance requirements and fuel shortages, coupled with aggressive Allied ground attacks prevented it from having any serious impact on the outcome of the war.