Corgi Aviation Archive Series Diecast Model
Messerschmitt Me 262B-1a/U1 – W.Nr 110635 ‘Red 10’, Oberleutnant Kurt Welter, NJG 11, Luftwaffe, Burg bei Magdeburg ‘Mosquito Hunter’, April 1945
1:72 Scale.  Length: 5.75". Wingspan: 7"
Limited Edition of 983 Models Worldwide
Kurt Welter joined the Luftwaffe in 1934 and after qualifying as a pilot, began a long career as a flying instructor – it was not until the summer of 1943 that he transferred to an operational unit and began flying intercept missions against Allied air forces. An extremely capable pilot, Welter began claiming aerial victories almost as soon as he became operational, although Allied air supremacy dictated that there would always be plenty of opportunities to hone his skills.Detailed pilot figure
Realistic panel lines
Historically accurate printed markings
Optional extended landing gear
Numbered collector card
Box with Me 262 artwork
Welter would become notorious as a hunter of Mosquito night intruders, which began mounting ‘light night’ strike raids against targets around Berlin in an attempt to demoralize the population of the city. As one of the most capable aircraft of WWII, the De Havilland Mosquito was fast and maneuverable, able to deliver a similar bomb load to that of a USAAF B-17 and posed a serious threat to the Luftwaffe. Determined to halt this Mosquito menace, Welter was given command of a dedicated nightfighter unit equipped with the new Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter which was more than capable of catching the elusive British intruders, when serviceable. Welter claimed the first night victory of a jet powered fighter in December 1944 and went on to record a total of 63 combat victories, from just 93 missions flown. Although the number of claimed victories has been challenged by historians, his total included no less than 33 night intruder Mosquitos.
The Me 262B was the two-seat trainer version of the single-seat Me 262 jet fighter that entered service with the Luftwaffe in 1944. Development of a training version became urgent due to the high number of accidents suffered by operational Me 262 units, most of which were caused by problems arising from the new turbojet engines or as a result of undercarriage malfunctions. To help familiarize Me 262 pilots with the new jet aircraft, the cockpit area of the single seater was re-designed to accommodate an instructor in a tandem seating arrangement. This required the removal of an internal fuel tank so a provision was made for two 66 gallon auxiliary tanks to be carried beneath the forward area of the fuselage.
The Messerschmitt Me 262 was the world's first operational jet fighter aircraft. It was produced in World War II for the Luftwaffe and saw action starting in 1944 as a multi-role fighter warplane
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Category: Corgi 1:72 Non-U.S. Military Aircraft Models
Not suitable for children under the age of 14