The Survivors: Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet “The Devil’s Sled”

Following Germany’s World War Two defeat in 1945, the victorious Allies were keen to gather up as much of their jet and rocket technology and expertise as they could. These wunderwaffe (“wonder-weapon”) aircraft and rocket designs would go on to heavily influence western and Soviet aviation and rocketry in the coming years of the Cold War.… Read More The Survivors: Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet “The Devil’s Sled”

Under the Cowl of the Flying Heritage Collection Bf 109E-3 Emil

When you think of Luftwaffe fighter aircraft during World War Two, the infamous Messerschmitt Bf 109 is an aircraft that generally springs to mind.  Blooded during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), the Bf 109 was involved from the early Blitzkrieg of Europe in 1939-1940 to the Battle of Britain in 1940, the Eastern Front from 1941 to… Read More Under the Cowl of the Flying Heritage Collection Bf 109E-3 Emil

Australian War Memorial: Messerschmitt Me 262 “Black X”

Within the Striking by Night exhibition of the Australian War Memorial sits some of the most famous World War Two aircraft produced by German aviation company Messerschmitt AG. The jewel in the crown is a Messerschmitt Me 262A2 Schwalbe (Swallow), the world’s first fully operational jet aircraft. This example is known as “Black X” because… Read More Australian War Memorial: Messerschmitt Me 262 “Black X”