Early development of the Messerschmitt 262
A German Prototype Jet Interceptor
German Messerschmitt 262 Prototype
Production 262 painted in camouflage colours
The first ever operational jet (Messerschmitt 262A) first flew in 1941, but was not in production until 1943. It had a top speed of 540 mph and was armed with 4 x 30mm cannons in the nose. Able to carry 2 under-slung bombs, it luckily came too later to have a serious effect on the war.