Sunday, July 05, 2009

Thematic Photographic 56: "Aviation" v.5.0

"Messerschmitt Me 262"
Washington, DC - April, 1999 (Click to embiggen)

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Though there's a lot of discussion about who actually built the first jet fighter, there's no argument about the first jet fighter to actually see action. The German Luftwaffe claims the title with the Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe ("Swallow", which may or may not have something to do with the less polite nickname given to it by Allied pilots). Though its impact on the outcome of the war was essentially negligible, it did change the face of military aviation. Retired by the Luftwaffe at the end of WWII, the fighter was used by the Czechoslovakian Air Force until 1957.

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