OFFICIAL Me 262 PROJECT UPDATES
The latest production news, direct from Paine Field.
21 SEPT 2009
Fun in the sunshine with two great German technologies! We couldn't resist taking a few photos of Maureen's (our office manager) new Mercedes Benz (baby) and Gelbe 5. The only way to tow an Me 262 with style! (sure beats a Kettenkrad)
5 MAY 2009
Messerschmitt Me 262 Gelbe 5 is now finished! This museum quality static reproduction Me 262 is shown rolled out in front of the Legend Flyers hanger in the photos above.
25 NOVEMBER 08
Messerschmitt Me 262 Gelbe 5 is nearing completion. 24 R4M rockets have been installed, making this the only example in the world to have this type of weapons option. The Me 262 is available for sale and would make an excellent center piece for any museum or private collection. The price has been reduced from $1.1M to $650K USD. In addition to "Gelbe 5", the third and final flying Me 262 example is nearing completion and is also available for sale. The flying aircraft is a two-seat example which can be converted to a single seat for movies, airshows, etc. and is priced at $2.5M USD. Interesting trades and possible financing considered.
24 SEPTEMBER 08
Above is a picture of the fuselage for the
static display we are
23 MAY 08
After taking a break from the Me 262 Production
to complete a private restoration project we are now resuming our program.
We are currently working on a single seat Me 262 Static display aircraft.
Current plans are to feature the 24 R4M rockets (12 mounted under each
16 JUL 07
IN MEMORIAM It is with deepest regrets that we announce the loss of Mike Harris following a battle with bone cancer. Mike had been a valued member of the Me 262 Project crew since 2001 and his talents and great sense of humor will be missed.
13 APR 07
"White 3" emerges from the Hangar! Legend Flyers pulled out Messerschmitt 262 White 3 for some sunbathing in the spring weather. The canopy for the single seat version is nearing completion and engines are nearing installation. It is possible that the Me 262 could be flying this summer, and MAYBE, just maybe even be available for the Gathering of Mustangs in Columbus, Ohio in September. You can be one of the first to ride in the Me 262 with the Collings Foundation.
26 FEB 07
Airplane # 3 is in final assembly in our Everett facility:
1.Cockpit instrumentation is installed and being tested.
2. Slats are being constructed for left and right hand
10 OCT 06
ME 262 #3 PROGRESS. A significant milestone was recently achieved on Airplane #3. The airplane was rolled out and an instrumentation swing to calibrate the front and back seat instruments was performed. All calibrations successfully completed in one shift.
25 SEPT 06
MAGAZINE COVERAGE! Look for an article on the Legend Flyers Me 262 Project in the November issue of Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine! There is a small photo of "White 1" on the cover and a well done article featuring the project. Here is a link to the full article.
7 SEPT 06
SPECIAL GUESTS VISIT! The 379th Bomb
Group held their reunion in the Seattle area and after a tour of the Boeing
factory spent the afternoon at our facility. After a brief talk telling
them about the current reproduction project, the guests who had encountered
the original Me262 in a combat situation shared some of their experiences.
One of the visitors, Henry M. Pearce, Jr. was a 1st Lieutenant on the
B-17 "Pipe Dream", A/P # 43-38874. While on their 322nd mission
they came under fire from a Me262 and returned to Oranienburg with a 30
mm hole in the wing. Henry provided us with a picture, taken April 10,
1945, of the 30mm hole in the wing of the B-17 on which he was the navigator.
21 AUG 06
ENGINE INSTALLATION ON AIRCRAFT #3. We have just attached the engine cans and are beginning the wiring installations. Stay tuned for more as the final assembly continues.
27 JUNE 06
MAGAZINE COVER - FLUGZEUG CLASSIC! We just made a magazine cover in Germany. Flugzeug Classic (July issue) features Tango-Tango on the cover and says that our airplane was star of the ILA 2006 show!
11 JUNE 06
"WHITE 1" DELIVERED! Judge
Lou Werner, the owner of White 1, took delivery of his aircraft this weekend.
Test pilot Wolf Czaia
gave Judge Werner a ride in the back seat on Saturday afternoon. Following
the 35-minute ride, Judge Werner commented that he thought it was great.
White 1 departed at about 2 p.m., Sunday afternoon, 6/11/06, with Wolf
Czaia at the controls. White 1 was accompanied by
a Cessna Citation piloted by Lynn Harpham with Judge Lou Werner and Mike
Anderson, the project's crew chief, on board.
6 JUNE 06
26 APRIL 06
Another milestone achieved! Wing & body join
has been completed and Airplane #3 is now resting on its gear.
24 APRIL 06
Tango-Tango Flies in Germany! The second Me 262
know as "Tango-Tango" was flown for the first time since it
was delivered to the Messerschmitt Foundation. This marks the first time
a Me 262 has flown in the skies over Germany since 1945! The flight consisted
of two circuits of the field in Manching with one touch & go and one
full stop. Total time was
The first public flight is scheduled for May at the ILA
/International Aviation Exhibition in Berlin.
4 APRIL 06
Airplane # 3 has entered final assembly with the
joining of the wing and fuselage! The join went smoothly and resulted
in a very snug fit requiring no additional shimming or adjusting.
10 JAN 06
TANGO-TANGO ARRIVES! These photos of Tango-Tango being unloaded in Luxembourg were taken by Patrick Jeanne (for Cargolux) on the evening of Tuesday, January 10th. The Cargolux 747 was loaded in Seattle on Monday night and arrived Tuesday.
19 DEC 05
We have all the paperwork down at Cargolux for immediate shipment of Tango-Tango as soon as they have space available on one of their flights out of Sea Tac. Our initial estimates for delivery in late November proved slightly optimistic because of unepxected delays in the issuance of a U.S. State Department export license.
15 NOV 05
At 9:25 a.m., Tango-Tango was loaded onto three 18 wheelers for transport to the Cargolux terminal at Sea Tac Airport in Seattle , Washington. Next stop Luxembourg!
08 NOV 05
TANGO-TANGO IN PRINT We are now on the cover of two new magazines:
Aeroplane from the U.K. (December Issue in English) & Klassiker (December Issue 6/05 in German). Both of these issues featuring Tango-Tango with air-to-air photo s from Jim Larsen.
Cargolux also has an internal magazine called Pulse, and they have put one article already about the delivery of Tango-Tango and are preparing another for release next month. Cargolux PR is treating this as a significant event between them and Messerschmitt Foundation.
04 OCT 05
TANGO-TANGO is disassembled and packaged for shipment to Munich. The airplane will be delivered to Luxembourg as reported earlier and our "packages" will then be trans-shipped to Munich by truck. Re-assembly will take place at Willie Messerschmitt Hall in Munich, with plans for making both flying and static appearances at 2006 Berlin Air show.
We are meeting early next month with our Messerschmitt customers to finalize all of the above activities and assist them in their preparation of data for obtaining their in-country air worthiness certificate from the LBA.
27 SEP 05
SPECIAL DELIVERIES It's been just over a month since we posted an update, so this should get you up to speed on anything you may have missed:
White 1 will be flying the last couple of test flight hours within the next month (weather permitting). Then, following touch up paint and completion of manuals, this airplane will be ready for delivery.
Tango-Tango completed 10 hours of test flying in a mere two weeks (8/15 - 8/26). The airplane is now disassembled and ready for delivery. We are actually awaiting the completion of a new Cargolux 747 freighter by Boeing, as this jet will serve as the transport for Tango-Tango's delivery trip to Germany.
Work continues on the third jet, which is currently awaiting installation of the nose to the main fuselage. We must then install the cockpit tub and attach the wings. Before any of this can happen, we need to deliver one or both of the finished airplanes, as once the wings come out of the jig for completion of lower skins (and then being joined to the fuselage), they will take up most of the room in the hangar.
26 AUG 05
TEST FLIGHTS COMPLETED
We've been quietly flying the test program hours off of the Tango-Tango
airplane, and are pleased to report that as of today, the last hour of
FAA required flight test time was logged, paving the way for Tango-Tango
for move ahead to the delivery phase. We are declaring our flight
20 AUG 05
WHEELS UP! Wolfgang took Tango-Tango up for a very significant wheels-up flight today, accomplishing successful gear deployment and retraction tasks with a Fuga Chase Plane flying overwatch.
15 AUG 05
THE LEGEND FLIES AGAIN, PART II We are extremely pleased to report that our second jet, Tango-Tango completed her first flight today, spending an uneventful 45 minutes aloft with a Fuga jet flying chase. This event marks the first time a single-seat Messerschmitt 262 has flown anywhere in the world in more than 50 years!.
The aircraft will now be put through a similar flight test program to the one recently completed by the White 1 machine. When compete, the final destination for Tango-Tango will be the Messerschmitt Foundation facility at Manching, just ouside of Munich, Germany.
02 AUG 05
CERTIFICATION APPROVED Now that Tango-Tango has been granted an airworthiness certificate for the United States, we have passed this information to the Messerschmitt Foundation in Germany, where they are working with the LBA to obtain certifcation in-country. Since the LBA does not have an experimental category, the authorities are still working out a plan to grant formal flight approval for the Messerschmitt's long-awaited return to German skies.
Flight testing of Tango-Tango is scheduled to begin later this month, again with Wolfgang Czaia at the controls. We are now finishing up with the resolution of minor deficiencies noted during earlier taxi and engine tests.
26 MAY 05
MORE MESSERSCHMITTS? Many aviation enthusiasts have recently taken notice of announcements on Aero-News and elsewhere regarding a proposed follow-on restoration project for the team here at Everett.
We are currently in the process of preparing an official statement for release later in the summer. In the meantime, you may wish to monitor the Warbird Recovery web site for further information.
19 MAY 05
A MILESTONE FOR TANGO-TANGO We are pleased to announce that the FAA has just awarded Tango-Tango an airworthiness certificate with "no findings" for the United States. In other words, the aircraft passed this critical test with flying colors!
Tango-Tango already has completed a couple of taxi tests so our next priority is to start planning for the first flight of this aircraft. We currently expect this to take place in early to mid-June. Stay tuned!
4 MAY 05
GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION DAY Last week, we marked this event here on the airfield with special public appearances by not one, but two, of our new Me 262 jets. Rather predictably, the machines generated considerable interest and excitement. Some images from the day have just been added to Tango-Tango's new PHOTO GALLERY page.
11 MAY 05
TANGO-TANGO, our first A-1c model (single-seater) rolled out of the paint shop today wearing a correct late-war RLM scheme, as specified by the Messerschmitt Foundation. We think the machine looks absolutely spectacular, but don't take our word for it: see it for yourself on the our latest PHOTO GALLERY page.
29 APR 05
MORE QUIET PROGRESS Well, here's what we've been up to in recent weeks ...
20 APR 05
COVER STORY White 1 and test pilot Wolf Czaia are gracing the cover of the May 2005 issue of the U.K.-based Aeroplane Monthly magazine. Check your favorite newsstand to review a copy today!
16 MAR 05
EAA CONFERENCE UPDATE The National Warbird Operator Conference was recently held in Seattle, giving us a great opportunity to bring the community up-to-date on our progress. A break in the weather even afforded our test pilot the opportunity to put on a short demonstration flight for those in attendance. View the EAA Warbirds article here.
10 MAR 05
MEDIA COVERAGE We are hitting the magazine circuit with new covers and articles
09 FEB 05
STILL MORE GOOD NEWS! Yesterday turned out to be a day of significant progress for us. Following the successful "wheels up" outing, White 1 was given a thorough once-over and sent back out onto the runway for test flight number nine! Before this rather monumental day was through, White 1 had logged yet another 60 minutes aloft, reaching a speed of 360 knots in the bright Seattle sunshine!
08 FEB 05
MORE GOOD NEWS! Test flight number eight took place today just before 1400 hours (local time). We are especially pleased to report that today's sortie marked our first successful "wheels up" flight in the White 1 airplane (see photo, above).
To our relief and delight, the gear cycled flawlessly while aloft, validating the painstaking redesign and rebuild effort that had been underway since the January 2002 landing mishap. Touchdown and rollout were once again picture perfect. The aircraft also made two 90° turns at the end of the landing roll with no problems whatsoever. Today's flight was once again 50 minutes in duration.
We can safely call this one a true milestone for the Project as we draw ever closer to completion of the FAA flight test requirement.
25 JAN 05
GOOD NEWS! On the 25th, White 1 logged another 50 minutes aloft on test flight number seven. The flight was conducted "gear down" once again. By all accounts, things went precisely according to plan, with no unpleasant surprises or other problems.
We are now more than 51% through the FAA
mandated 10 hour flight test requirement. Additional test flights will be
scheduled at end of this month and/or early next month to reach the
crucial 10 hour mark.
12 DEC 04
White 1 is in final preparation for additional test flights (weather dependent) later in December or early January 2005.
Tango-Tango has the CJ-610 engines installed and the first engine test was conducted successfully (see photo, above). Additional engine runs are planned for later this month, before we start ground tests and taxi runs.
10 OCT 04
IN MEMORIAM We regret to announce that one of our volunteers, Mr. William "Bill" Pierce suffered a heart attack on October 4, 2004 and did not recover. Bill had been a member of the team for the past year or so, and he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bill's family and friends during this difficult time.
03 OCT 04
TEST FLIGHT DATA Our fifth and sixth test flights for White 1 took place as scheduled during the month of September. Each flight was approximately 50 minutes in length. While various minor adjustments and flight squawks were noted along the way, both flights were successful. Minor structural adjustments were made to a forward slat to eliminate binding, with other tweaks taking place as necessary.
We are currently at the halfway point (or very nearly so) for the 10 hour FAA flight requirement, and additional flights are planned for later in the month.
Tango-Tango is currently in final assembly
with both engines now fully wired and installed. Initial engine runs are
also planned for later in the month.
20 AUG 04
SPECIAL VISITOR One of the the original team pilots for "Watson's Whizzers" (see their story elsewhere on the Stormbirds site) Mr. Roy W. Brown recently visited the Me 262 Project.
Roy was on his way to a cruise to Alaska with his family and came by to see our progress. Roy hopped into the cockpit of our single-seater and, not surprisingly, seemed right at home.
As mentioned above, Roy flew a captured Me 262 out of Lechfeld, Germany in June of 1945 for eventual testing and evaluation in the states. After leaving the Army Air Forces, Brown became a successful businessman in central Ohio, where he and his family settled, and still live today.
PROGRESS UPDATES White 1 is being prepared for
test flight number six by the end
of August 2004. Minor repairs and flight squawks being worked off prior
to next flight. Meanwhile, Tango-Tango (again, formerly our
"Red Nose" aircraft) is undergoing
jet engine installations -- complete with all of the requisite wiring and connections. The next
major event for this aircraft will be engine testing.
20 JUN 04
NEWS FLASH The Legend Flies Again! We are pleased to report that White 1 completed its third test flight on June 29th. The flight was a resounding success, and and everything went as planned.
As the photo below illustrates, the wheels were left down for this flight (the chase plane is a Fouga Magister 2 seat trainer). Afterwards, White 1 was parked next to the Collings Foundation B-17 for some rather nostalgic and significant photos.
PROJECT UPDATE Preflight activities for White 1 have restarted, and two short taxi-tests were successfully run first week of June. Full length high speed taxi-tests are planned for later this month. Meanwhile, Tango-Tango has been undergoing final assembly wiring of the cockpit, while additional electrical components (long lead items) are being ordered.
20 MAY 04
PROJECT UPDATE for both aircraft currently underway ...
1. White 1 continues to undergo final de-bugging prior to resuming preflight activities.
2. Tango-Tango activities now include:
More information will be made available once preflight activities begin.
20 MAR 04
FLYING MODEL DONATED This 1/8 scale flying model was made by David Plummer beginning Feb. 5, 1998 and completed July 17, 1998.
David donated this model to the Me 262 Project on March
18, 2004. We appreciate the donation as well as the effort it took to make
and have the model hanging here at the facility.
20 FEB 04
The SEATTLE TIMES has recently published an article on the
Me 262 Project. You can read it online here.
20 JAN 04
PROJECT UPDATE Here are the latest notes from the hangar floor ...
1. Newly built actuator testing is complete (and installations underway) on White 1.
2. Fuel tanks are now being reinstalled in White 1.
3. Newly-built landing gear doors are now in final fabrication.
4. Wing-to-fuselage mating is complete on "Tango-Tango" (formerly called Red Nose).
01 NOV 03
NEW PHOTOS The Military Vehicles club joined us for a photo shoot with a locally owned KETTENKRAD (tow vehicle).
We rolled out White 1 and took pictures of this rare military vehicle that is still in running condition.
As far as we know this is the first time since 1945 that an Me 262 has been towed by a KETTENKRAD and photographed.
Below are a few more shots from the event.
02 OCT 03
PROGRESS REPORT White 1 has now been repainted and has been returned to our hangar.
Final assembly operations are underway to ready the airplane
for a return to
New landing gear actuators are being assembled and will
Flight Tests # 3 and #4 are in preplanning activities.
10 SEPT 03
PROGRESS REPORT White 1 is scheduled to get a new paint job later this month.
Additional test flights are currently in the planning stage, with actual flights later this fall.
New actuator main landing gear parts are being completed and shipped from our subcontractor.
04 AUG 03
REPAIRS UNDERWAY: As of this date, here is where we stand on repairs to White 1:
We will have more data to post at the end of this month.
01 JUL 03
SPECIAL VISIT The Me 262 Project received a special visit from the Victoria Flying Club. Nine airplanes carrying twenty people arrived at Paine Field to visit the Me 262 Project and tour the facilities.
The event occurred on Canada Day (July 1st).
The group had the trip planned for over a year. They are all really big
Me 262 fans and everyone had a great time.
25 JUNE 03
REPAIR UPDATE In response to our last update, we have original actuators from collectors in Germany and are making copies. We are using CAD software to create "new drawings" to build all new actuators for the revised landing gear system (see above photo).
At this point, the structural repair of White
1 is 90% complete. The work is proceeding as expected on the estimated
schedule of 5-6 months to repair damage.
08 MAY 03
PARTS UPDATE In order to complete our repairs we are in a desperate search for a specific Nose Landing Gear Drawing # 19-2437-400E, dated 1942 or 1943. Note! see above update.
We know the company that made these actuators was called "Elma" which was located in Stuttgart during WWII. They are still around but are now called "Behr" and have let us know they have no records prior to 1945! The Messerschmitt Foundation and others have also been contacted for assistance, however the needed information has not been located in any archives.
06 MAY 03
REPAIR UPDATE Progress continues on
the repairs being made to White 1 after the unfortunate landing
gear collapse incident. As many of our regular visitors may be aware,
the wing had to be removed from the airplane in order to accomplish the
repairs. Recently the 100% repaired wing was again mated to the 100% repaired
fuselage. Also note "Red Nose" on the ramp as well.
20 FEB 03
PROGRESS REPORT As promised, we will now begin to provide regular updates on the progress of our second jet, "Red Nose," destined for the Messerschmitt Foundation in Germany. On the 14th of February, a significant milestone was reached as the wing and fuselage were mated for the first time.
01 FEB 03
AVIATION WEEK has now posted the anticipated video footage of our first flight on 20 December to their AviationNow web site. You can view the segment, entitled Me 262 Reborn, HERE.
29 JAN 03
REPAIRS UNDERWAY We are now proceeding to repair the airplane using existing parts from our inventory. While we will be keeping specific details to a minimum in order to concentrate our efforts upon the work at hand, we have made significant progress in our investigations, and expect to have White 1 ready to resume flight testing within 90 days.
22 JAN 03
PLAN OF ACTION Here is a snapshot of what we're doing at the moment to get White 1 back into the air ...
20 JAN 03
WHITE 1 FOLLOW UP We expect to rehangar the aircraft later today, and begin a detailed inspection to see precisely what repairs and retrofits may be warranted before resuming the flight test program. In the meantime, The Everett Herald provided some basic coverage of Friday's events HERE.
18 JAN 03
LANDING INCIDENT As many of our regular visitors may be aware, our second test flight on Friday was complicated by the collapse of the left main landing gear. Test pilot Wolf Czaia was uninjured during this sequence, and we are currently assessing what repairs may be required to resume testing. The exact cause was unclear at the time of this update.
Video footage of the landing may be found HERE. While we obviously must view this as a temporary setback, such events are not uncommon in the early phases of any test flight program, and this is precisely why we undertake test flight programs to begin with. The project continues!!
17 JAN 03
MORE MEDIA COVERAGE The Cable News Network has been with us all week, and plans to release a story on the project to both US and European markets (including NTV, ART, ZDF and RTL) on or about 1300 Eastern Standard Time (US) on the 22nd of this month. We expect this will contain some excellent aerial coverage of our second flight, taken with the network's own onboard camera.
15 JAN 03
ADDITIONAL FLIGHT TESTS With just over nine hours left to fly on White 1 before the jet enters Phase II (ferry flight, delivery flight), we are anticipating at least two more test hops within a matter of days -- to include the first "wheels up" session. Stay tuned ...
VIDEO FOOTAGE ONLINE We have provided video footage from the first flight to Aviation Week, and have been told to expect excerpts to appear on their web site during the week of 20 January.
RED NOSE NEWS As expected, inquiries have begun pouring in concerning the of our second aircraft, destined for Germany's Messerschmitt Foundation. While we have set no timetables, per se, current estimates put this aircraft approximately 12 months away from completion. Obviously, we will be updating this situation over the course of the coming year.
14 JAN 03
FIRST FLIGHT COVERAGE As expected, media coverage of the first flight has been considerable, with news feeds from the Associated Press, Aviation Week & Space Technology, and a number of local news organizations (see below).
While we expect to be adding more details to the site in the coming weeks, here are some third-party resources well-worth reviewing:
06 JAN 03
AVWEEK REPORT Courtesy of the Aviation Week & Space Technology web site, here's how writer Jim Goodall summed up the events of our first flight:
20 DEC 02
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