Specifications for the
Messerschmitt Me 262 (Schwalbe / Sturmvogel)
Jet-Powered Fighter / Fighter-Bomber
Focus Model: Messerschmitt Me 262A-1
Country of Origin: Nazi Germany
Manufacturer: Messerschmitt - Germany / Avia - Czechoslovakia
Initial Year of Service: 1944
Production Total: 1,400
Length: 34.78 ft (10.6 m)
Width: 41.01 ft (12.50 m)
Height: 12.47ft (3.80 m)
Weight (Empty): 8,378 lb (3,800 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 14,110 lb (6,400 kg)
Powerplant: 2 x Junkers Jumo-004B Turbojet Engines developing 1,984 lb of thrust.
Maximum Speed: 541 mph (870 kmh; 470 kts)
Maximum Range: 652 miles (1,050 km)
Service Ceiling: 37,730 ft (11,500 m; 7.1 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 3,937 feet-per-minute (1,200 m/min)
4 x 30mm MK 108 cannons in nose
External Bombload of up to 1,200lbs. Other armaments of later models included (some trialed):
2 x 550lb SC250/SD250 bombs under forward fuselage
2 x 1,100lb SC500/SD500 bombs under forward fuselage
1 x 1,100lb or 2,200lb towed bomb (Deichselschlepp)
2 x 20mm MG 151/20 cannons with 2 x 30mm MK 103 cannons and 2 x 30mm MK 108 cannons in nose.
24 x 55 R4M AA rockets underwing
1 x 50mm Mauser MK 214 autocannon in nose
1 x 50mm Rheinmetall BK 5 cannon in nose
2 x Ruhrstahl X-4 wire-guided AA missiles under the forward fuselage.
Reconnaissance versions were usually gun-less aircraft and carried camera equipment in the nose, noted by bulged fairings along the nose sides required for the film magazines.
Me 262 - Base Series Designation
"Schwalbe" - Name denoting fighter version
"Sturmvogel" - Name denoting fighter-bomber version
Me 262V - Prototypes and pre-production models
Me 262A-0 - 23 Pre-Production models built
Me 262A-1a - First Operational Status Model
Me 262A-1a/U1 - Additional 2 x 20mm cannons (in addition to the base 4 x 30mm assembly.
Me 262A-1a/U2 - Inclement Weather Variant
Me 262A-1a/U3 - Unarmed Reconnaissance Model
Me 262A-1b - Bomber Destroyer; 24 x air-to-air unguided rockets added (12 under each wing).
Me 262A-2 Sturmvogel (Stormbird) - Fighter-Bomber
Me 262A-2a - Fighter-Bomber; capable of 1,102lb external bomb load.
Me 262A-2a/U1 - One-ioff used to trial new bombsight
Me 262A-2a/U2 - Two-seat fighter-bomber variant with bombardier fitted into prone bomb-aimer position in glazed-over nose assembly; 2 examples.
Me 262A-3a - Proposed ground-attack variant; not furthered.
Me 262A-4a - Reconnaissance variant
Me 262A-5 - Production Reconnaissance Fighter; limited numbers by war's end.
Me 262B-1a - Two-seat conversion trainer with dual controls.
Me 262B-1a/U1 - Two-seat trainers converted to night fighter role; outfitted with FuG 218 Neptun radar and antenna array on nose.
Me 262B-2 - Proposed Night Fighter; lengthened fuselage
Me 262C-1a - One-off prototype; rocket-assisted interceptor; Walter HWK 109 rockets.
Me 262C-2b - One-off prototype; rocket-assisted interceptor; BMW rockets.
Me 262C-3 - Proposed interceptor with Walter HWK RII-211 rocket boosting.
Me 262C-3a - Proposed interceptor with Walter HWK 109-509S-2 rocket boosting.
Me 262D-1 - Proposed mortar-carrying bomber destroyer
Me 262E-1 - Proposed bomber destroyer with 55mm MK 114 cannon in nose.
Me 262E-2 - Proposed bomber destroyer with 48 x R4M rocket support under wings.
Me 262W-1 - High-speed version with Argus As 014 pulsejet engines.
Me 262W-3 - High-speed version with Argus As 044 pulsejet engines.
Me 262 "Lorin" - High-speed model benefitting from 2 x Lorin ramjet boosters over wings.
Nakajima J9Y "Kikka" - IJN variant based on the Me 262
Nakajima Ki-201 "Kayru" - IJA variant based on the J9Y
Czechoslovakia; Nazi Germany