Europe's only flying replica of the wartime jet has touched down at Fairford
Messerschmitt Me 262 D-IMTT ‘501244’ arrived at Fairford in Gloucestershire yesterday. The airworthy replica is due to participate at Fairford's Royal International Air Tattoo this weekend, July 14 to 16.
The aircraft is owned by the Messerschmitt Foundation, which flies it in conjunction with Airbus. It's normally based at the Messerschmitt Museum of Flight in Manching, Germany, and is flown by senior Airbus test pilot Geri Krähenbühl.
The aircraft's showing in the UK is the first flight over Britain by a '262 since 1946. D-IMTT is the second of five Me 262 replicas built at Paine Field, USA, in the early 2000s, and it's the only airworthy example in European skies.
Don't miss the next FlyPast for a full feature on this incredible aircraft, including an exclusive interview with pilot Geri - on sale from July 27.