The Luftwaffe's Messerschmitt ME-262 Schwalbe jet. Once airborne, it simply could not be touched by allied fighters. It flew over 150 km/h faster. The only reliable way to destroy them, as with the Luftwaffe's even faster Me 163 rocket fighters, was to get to them on the ground before-and-during-take-off, or simply to deprive the Germans of the fuel supplies they needed. But this worked. These magnificent warbirds ended up not changing a thing in the course of the war.
A Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe (English: "Swallow") is photographed at an airfield in Frankfurt after her test pilot chose to surrender to US forces on March 31, 1945. The Me-262 was the world's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft and claimed 542 Allied kills during her brief deployment in 1945. This particular unit was transported back to the US but it crashed during testing in 1946. The test pilot ejected safely.
Me 262, se conservan algunos operativos pese a sus 70 años, tanto en museos militares de Usa como de Alemania. Un verdadera maravilla de la tecnica. Los pilotos americanos e ingles se quedaban pasmados cuando bombardeaban Alemania y los veían aparecer volando a las altísimas velocidades que lo hacían respecto de los aviones de pistón que existían.