PHOTO GALLERY 6

A virtual tour of the Me 262 Project's Paine Field production facility.

 

In this section, we complete our look at the holding bay and move into the assembly bay at the main hangar. This section also starts a detailed look at werknummer 501241 ... one of the aircraft currently under construction.

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As seen on the previous page, this is the original Me 262B-1a dual-control Luftwaffe trainer which spent decades on outdoor display in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Another view of the same aircraft. This WW II vintage Me 262 suffered extensive corrosion in the postwar years, and has required considerable restoration work.

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To the right of the original Me 262 lie the nose landing gear assemblies for the new aircraft. The components are awaiting completion and installation later in the year.

Continuing to the right along the hangar wall, we see the main landing gear assembles. Note the dual scissors installation, a subtle safety modification to insure longevity and reliability.

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Again, as we continue along the right wall, a number of other components, including the fuel tanks come into view.

Another view of this area bringing us to the front of the hangar bay, and completing our look at this side of the hangar facility.

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In this, the first view of the right side hangar bay, we can see the work in progress on the Blue Nose airplane (obviously the nose cone is not installed in this view).

Another view of Blue Nose (aka 501241). A series of detail photos of this aircraft will follow, as we continue to look around inside of the right hangar bay.

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Blue Nose is configured as a two-seat (non-convertible) Me 262B-1c, and is currently some 75% complete. When these photos were taken, the aircraft was undergoing a detailed electrical system shakedown inspection.

Before we examine 501241 in greater detail, a quick look to the left shows the wall separating this work area from that already seen on the first page of our virtual tour.

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