AC061 Messerschmitt Me 262 1/72

AC061 Messerschmitt Me 262 1/72
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Product ID : AC061
Manufacturer: Oxford Aircraft
Weight: 3.00 lbs



AC061 Messerschmitt Me 262A Luftwaffe KG 51, 9K+EN, Ardennes, Belgium, Operation Bodenplatte, January 1945. Diecast Model. 1:72 Scale L=5.75", W=6.75" Messerschmitt Me262a-1a represents an aircraft which was part of the Kampfgeschwader 51 ( KG (J) 51) unit tasked alongside Jagdgeschwader 3 (JG3) with eliminating the Allied units at the Eindhoven base and Gilze-Rijen airfield. The field contained three Spitfire Squadrons and eight Typhoon units of the RAF and RCAF. KG51 contributed around 21 of their 30 Messerschmitt Me262 jet to the action. The damage done to Eindhoven was significant and although the operation achieved some surprise and tactical success, it was ultimately classed as a failure. The German assault did not achieve their required air superiority and also they lost too many of their pilots. A great many Allied aircraft were destroyed on the ground but as they were empty, there were very few Allied aircrew casualties. The aircraft were also replaced within a week of the attack, negating any temporary advantage for the enemy. Designed to meet Adolph Hitler's vision of a high-speed, light-payload ground attack bomber, the Me 262 was first flown on April 18, 1941. As the world's first operational jet aircraft, development of the 262 was dominated by confusion, with Hitler envisioning a bomber and designers envisioning a jet fighter. Capable of outpacing the P-51 Mustang by 120 miles per hour, the 262 was clearly the best fighter plane to serve in WWII but was too late to help the Luftwaffe. Its specialized maintenance requirements and fuel shortages, coupled with aggressive Allied ground attacks prevented it from having any serious impact on the outcome of the war.

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