Collection item summary nicknamed schwalbe swallow the messerschmitt me 262 surpassed the performance of every other world war ii fighter faster than the north american p 51 mustang by 190 kilometers 120 miles per hour the schwalbe restored to the faltering german luftwaffe a short lived qualitative superiority that it had enjoyed earlier in the war. Messerschmitt me 262 schwalbe first flight over berlin after 61 years at the ila berlin airshow 2006 flown by eads chief test pilot wolfgang schirdewahn. This page details the development and operational history of the messerschmitt me 262 schwalbe sturmvogel single seat jet powered fighter fighter bomber aircraft including technical specifications and pictures. The messerschmitt me 262 schwalbe swallow was the worlds first operational jet powered fighter aircraft design work started before world war ii began but engine problems prevented the aircraft from attaining operational status with the luftwaffe until mid 1944 compared with allied
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