The first operational fighter jet in history to fly again


May 12, 2006

May 13, 2006 The Messerschmitt Me 262 was the first operational fighter jet in history and it was frighteningly fast compared with all that had gone before it with a top speed of Mach .86. Although 1400 Me 262s were produced, no airworthy examples remain so five completely new examples are being re-created in the USA and the second finished example Tango Tango, recently became the first ME 262 to fly over Germany for 60 years. The ME 262 will have its public European debut at ILA in Berlin next week – if you’re a warbird enthusiast, it’ll be worth the travel to see it, and if you’re a lover of meticulous forensic engineering, check out the project web site.

Some excellent informational resources on the ME 262 can be found at Wikipedia, Warbird Alley and Vectorsite.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, (Australia's largest Telco), (Australia's largest employment site),,, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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