The much vaunted Me 262 project has taken to the air once again.
Sounds unheard-of for many decades (except for the few test flights
last year) are again being heard, but this time in the NW USA as
the first of several replica Me 262s has been completed. This bird,
named "White 1" has been rebuilt following a landing accident on
its second flight, on January 17th, 2003.
In the last flight, Test pilot Wolf Czaia was uninjured during
the landing mishap which involved the Me 262 going off the runway
and into the boonies alongside the runway. Damage was said to be
"extensive" and required a year and half of rebuild work before
getting airborne once again.
Things are going much better this time around, though. A report
forwarded to us by ANN Reader Gordon Page notes that, "It finally
happened. The Me 262 has it's third flight in the morning
(6/29/04)and everything went great. The gear was locked down with
external sleeves that had crushable pins on one end. This way one
would know if the gear tried to unlock. So far, so good. There will
probably be a couple of more gear down flights/landings before
going for gear retraction."
Gordon also reports that there are still three Me 262 airframes
that are 75% completed, waiting for a purchaser to choose engines
and avionics. If interested, check with Gordon at www.airassets.com.