The Messerschmitt Me-262 was the world’s first jet fighter to enter production, the first to enter full squadron service, the first to score an air-to-air victory, and is easily one of the WWII Luftwaffe’s most famous planes.
During WWII, Germany used the facilities of Avia in occupied Czechoslovakia to sub-contract parts for the Me-262 and planned to start full production of the fighter there. The western part of Czechoslovakia was liberated by Soviet troops in the last battle of WWII in Europe, in the conflict’s final 96 hours, and the commandeered aviation production facilities were captured intact.
(A Messerschmitt Me-262 with the Luftwaffe during WWII, and an Avia S-92 with the Czechoslovak air force after the war.)
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