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Me-262 Schwalbe Over Dayton, Ohio

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This aircraft is a Messerschmitt Me262A-1a Schwalbe (W.Nr.111711) and was surrendered at Frankfurt/Rhine-Main by defecting Messerschmitt test pilot Hans Fay (1888-1959) on March 31, 1945. Fay, a civilian, extended his undercarriage to indicate he was surrendering. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) General Henry “Hap“ Arnold (June 25, 1886 – January 15, 1950) met with Fay on April 4, 1945, and recommended that Fay be brought to the United States to fly 111711 in flight testing. It was shipped to Wright Field where it was referred to as “711“ or “T2-711“ and test flown a total of twelve times before suffering an engine fire and crashed on August 20, 1946 at Xenia, Ohio. Tests revealed that the Me-262 was superior in most respects to the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star, the premiere American jet fighter. The results of the tests were suppressed by the United States Army Air Force.
Image Filename wwii0101.jpg
Image Size 573.55 KB
Image Dimensions 1800 x 1172
Photographer Unknown
Photographer Title United States Air Force
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed December 01, 1945
Location Wright Field
City Dayton
State or Province Ohio
Country United States
Archive United States Air Force
Record Number
Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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