PHOTO GALLERY 13

A photographic record of the Navy Me 262B-1a's rollout paint job.

 

White 35 (werknummer 110639) is seen here in it's correct Luftwaffe markings for the first time since the spring of 1945.  The jet is among only a handful of survivors worldwide, and was the last to be restored in the United States.

Upon completion, the jet was returned to Navy control at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station, just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in late 2000.

All images have been thumbnailed.  Click on any photograph to view an enlarged version.

 

Rollout Day!  No longer just known as "the Navy jet," our project reference aircraft now wears a fresh paint and marking scheme duplicating its original livery in Luftwaffe service, circa 1944-45.

The right side of White 35.  Me 262 Project Director Bob Hammer is shown here opening the rear canopy frame assembly.  (The two canopies operate separately from each other.)

A left frontal quarter view of the newly painted aircraft.   The rather glossy appearance of the finish is due largely to the fresh clear coat, and will diminish with a bit of natural "weathering."

 

Hammer and a member of the project staff inspect the canopy rails and related detail painting.  The quality of the paint job is excellent, with all paints having been donated by the DuPont Company.

A view of the tail section. The distinctive fuselage "hump" visible at left reveals without a doubt that this is a two-place Me 262B-1a variant.  These aircraft started as standard Me 262A-1a's and were converted under a Blohm und Voss contract.

This close up shot of White 35's tail reveals the jet's original serial number -- known as the werknummer -- 110639.  After more than a half-century in paint schemes ranging from the implausible to the utterly fanciful, White 35 is finally back in her original battle-dress.

Photo credit(s): Rich Winkelmann of the DuPont Company.

 

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