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The Messerschmitt Me 262, nicknamed Schwalbe (German: "Swallow") in fighter versions, or Sturmvogel (German: "Storm Bird") in fighter-bomber versions, was the world's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. Design work started before World War II began, but problems with engines, metallurgy and top-level interference kept the aircraft from operational status with the Luftwaffe until mid-1944. The Me 262 was faster and more heavily armed than any Allied fighter, including the British jet-powered Gloster Meteor. One of the most advanced aviation designs in operational use during World War II, the Me 262's roles included light bomber, reconnaissance and experimental night fighter versions.
The ME-262 HG III "High Speed" variant, only progressed to wind tunnel model stage. This was the last and the pinnacle of the Me-262 aerodynamical possibility, which would have been built from the ground up as a new Me-262 instead of modifying older ones. In the Me-262 HG-III, its wings were swept at 45 degrees, it also had the aforementioned "racing" style cockpit, however, the largest change was the moving of the engine nacelles right into the fuselage side and changing the engines to the more powerful He S 011 engines.
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