Messerschmitt Me 262

Me 262 A-0 - Pre-production aircraft fitted with two Jumo 004B turbojet engines, 23 built.

Me 262 A-1a "Schwalbe" - Production version, fighter and fighter/bomber.

Me 262 A-1a/R-1 - Equipped with provisions for R4M air-to-air rockets

Me 262 A-1a/U1 - Single prototype with a total of six nose mounted guns, two 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons, two 30 mm (1.18 in) MK 103 cannons, and two 30 mm (1.18 in) MK 108 cannons.

Me 262 A-1a/U2 - Single prototype with FuG 220 Lichtenstein SN-2 90 MHz radar transceiver and Hirschgeweih antenna array, for trials as a night-fighter.

Me 262 A-1a/U3 - Reconnaissance version modified in small numbers, with Reihenbilder RB 20/30 cameras mounted in the nose (sometimes one RB 20/20 and one RB 75/30). Some retained one 30 mm (1.18 in) cannon, but most were unarmed.

A photographic reconaissance Me 262A-1a/U3 of NAGe6, crashed, Lechefeld.
Source: J.V. Crow

Me 262 A-1a/U4 - Bomber destroyer version, two prototypes with an adapted 50 mm (2 in) MK 214 (or BK-5) anti-tank gun in nose.

A captured Me 262A-1a/U4 with a 50mm Mk 214 cannon.

Me 262 A-1a/U5 - Heavy jet fighter with six 30 mm (1.18 in) MK 108s in the nose

Me 262 A-1b - As A-1a but powered with BMW 003 engines. Few were built, two are known to have existed at experimental establishments; maximum speed of 800 kph (500 mph).

Me 262 A-2a "Sturmvogel" Definitive bomber version retaining only the two lower 30 mm (1.18 in) MK 108s.

Me 262 A-2a/U1 - Single prototype with advanced bombsight.

Me 262 A-2a/U2 - Two prototypes with glazed nose for accommodating a bombardier.

Me 262 A-3a - Proposed ground-attack version.

Me 262 A-4a - Reconnaissance version.

Me 262 A-5a - Definitive reconnaissance version used in small numbers at end of the war.

Me 262 B-1a - Two-seat trainer.

Me 262 B-1a/U1 - Me 262 B-1a trainers converted into provisional night fighters, FuG 218 Neptun radar, with Hirschgeweih antenna array.

Me 262 B-2 - Proposed night fighter version with stretched fuselage.

Me 262 C-1a - Single prototype (made from Me 262A Werknummer 130186) of rocket-boosted interceptor (Heimatschützer I) with Walter HWK 109-509 rocket in tail, first flown with combined jet/rocket power on 27 February 1945.

Me 262 C-2b Single prototype (made from Me 262A Werknummer 170074) of rocket-boosted interceptor (Heimatschützer II) with two BMW 003R "combined" powerplants (BMW 003 jet, with a single 1000 kg thrust BMW 718 rocket engine mounted atop the rear of each jet exhaust) for boosted thrust, only flown once with combined jet/rocket power on 26 March 1945.

Me 262 C-3a - Never-completed. possible Heimatschützer III prototype of rocket-boosted interceptor with Walter rocket motor in belly pack.

Me 262 D-1 - Proposed variant to carry Jagdfaust mortars.

Me 262 E-1 - Proposed cannon-armed variant based on A-1a/U4.

Me 262 E-2 - Proposed rocket-armed variant carrying up to 48 x R4M rockets.

Me 262 S - Zero-series model for Me 262 A-1a

Me 262 W - Provisional designation for Me 262 with pulse jet engines

Postwar variants

Avia S-92 - Czech-built Me 262 A-1a (fighter)

Avia CS-92 - Czech-built Me 262 B-1a (fighter trainer, two seats)