The Luftwaffe's Messerschmitt ME-262 Schwalbe jet. Once airborne, it simply could not be touched by allied fighters. It flew over 150 km/h faster. The only reliable way to destroy them, as with the Luftwaffe's even faster Me 163 rocket fighters, was to get to them on the ground before-and-during-take-off, or simply to deprive the Germans of the fuel supplies they needed. But this worked. These magnificent warbirds ended up not changing a thing in the course of the war.
July 18th, 1942 First jet powered flight of the Messerschmitt Me 262. The Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe (English: “Swallow”) of Nazi Germany was the world’s first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. Design work started before World War II began, but engine problems and top-level interference kept the aircraft from operational status with the Luftwaffe until mid-1944.
Hunting Swallows As the Allied armies advanced deeper into Germany the soon-to-be winners started worrying more and more about the post-war and who would rule next. To assure supremacy a tech race took place with special teams on all sides trying to be the first, and if possible the only ones, to get their hands on Germany’s advanced weaponry and top scientific personnel and research.