ME 262 pre order (25 OCT)
MESSERSCHMITT Me 262 B1a/U1 NIGHTFIGHTER
MESSERSCHMITT ME 262 B-1a/U1(WNr 111980),
Depending on the amount of pre-orders the production should be completed before the Chinese New Year holidays, and will be available February 2023.
The Me-262 single-seater was such a handful for most pilots who were familiar with piston-powered aircraft to operate, that it was considered crucial to create a 2-seat conversion trainer so that pilots could get used to the slow throttle response of early jets with someone there to demonstrate in flight what they needed to do. Messerschmitt had suggested development of such a trainer as soon as the Me-262A-1a was approved for production.
Although the Me 262 was not a problem for an experienced pilot to master, but like any other aircraft, it had its own characteristics, which caused difficulties in training beginners who had limited flight time even on piston aircraft. Pilots needed to get used to the slow throttle response of early jets with someone there to demonstrate in flight what they needed to do.
The possibility of using the Me 262 as a night interceptor was demonstrated in a series of tests carried out at Rechlin in October 1944 by Colonel Hajo German and Lieutenant Behrens on a Me 262A-la (V056) with "deer antlers" antennas from the Liechtenstein locator "SN-2 (FuG 220).
A lot has been written about the Me 262B1a/U1 and it shooting down RAF Mosquitos over Berlin in the closing weeks of the war. The following is taken from an article by Tom Cleaver.