Me 262 B-1a/U1 night fighter (converted two-seat trainer), post-war

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Added Date 18 May 2007

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
18 Feb 2009 04:17:51 PM

third photo: Me 262 B-1a/U1 night fighter at Wright Field, Ohio 1946. No new Me 262 B1a's were built. all trainers were converted standard-production Me 262 single-seat fighter's. Conversion work carried out by either Blohm & Voss at Wenzendorf near Hamburg or the Deutsche Lufthansa at Berlin-Staaken-airfield. The night-fighter's, were equipped with FuG 218 Neptun V airborne interception radar. Post World War II Czechoslovakia also used, and built both the Me 262 single-seat fighter S-92 and the two-seat trainer CS-92. Phasing out started in 1951. After WWII the Russian's also tested Me 262 aircraft.
2. Gregg Heilman says:
24 Jan 2010 01:32:59 PM

I have been down to see this beautiful plane a few times now. It is the last 2 Seat Trainers ME 262 in restored flying condition. A group from Washington State signed an agreement to fully restore this ME 262 if they could use their finding to build 5 Reproductions and they have. The original was flown and there are video of it flying. The Delaware Historical Aviation Association Museum in front the Willow Groove Naval Air Station. Call first they have volunteers man the museum and you want to be sure what their hours are.

This link will take you to the site that shows the restoration and the first Reproduction flying over Berlin in the air shows, I believe it has flown in two so far.

Werk (Serial) #: 110639
Built: Summer 1944
Captured: May 1945
Restored: August 2000
Crew: 2
Length: 39 ft. 9-1/2 in.
Height: 12 ft. 7 in.
Wingspan: 41 ft.
Powerplant: 2x Junkers Jumo 004B-1
axial flow turbojets -
1,980 lb. thrust each
Weight: 14,101 lb. (fueled)
Speed: 514 mph (Sea Level)
Climb Rate: 3,937 ft. per minute
Range: 652 mi.
Status: On Display -
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3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
12 Jan 2016 06:52:15 PM


Messerschmitt Me-262B-1a/U-1 assigned to
10./NJG II, as Red 9 this unit received about a dozen night fighters. Red 9, was captured by the British and later turned over to US Forces, as
FE-610 the (FE) stands for Foreign Equipment.

Aircraft is still equipped with its FuG 218 Neptune airborne radar. FE-610 was later tested at Wright Field, Ohio USA. Fuselage cross and swastika are repainted by US.


Armed with 4 x 30mm cannons w/100 rounds per gun for the upper pair, and 80 rounds per gun for the lower pair. 2 x 66 Imp. gal. external drop tanks.
Powered by 2 x Junkers Jumo 004B-1, 2 or 3 series axial flow jet engines.
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
12 Jan 2016 07:34:46 PM


Me 262B-1a/U1 Wk.Nr. 110306 some sources list aircraft as Red 9 or 6. After evaluation and testing a/c declared surplus and was to be transferred to Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. No record of a/c after that, it just disappeared around 1950 another victim of the great post-war scrapping frenzy.

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