When did a Me 262 last take to British skies?

The visit to the UK by the Flugmuseum Messerschmitt’s magnificent Me 262 reproduction conjured thoughts of the last time an example of the revolutionary German jet flew from British soil

Finally, it happened — if, in the wider context, 17 years isn’t that much of a wait. That’s the period which had elapsed since the Messerschmitt Me 262 reproduction operated by the Flugmuseum Messerschmitt first arrived in Europe, without it coming to Britain. But then, this July, here it was, arriving in UK airspace with a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire V escort, no less. That unmistakeable shape, so threatening and alien to Allied combat pilots when it appeared in hostile European skies, back here once again after… well, how long, exactly?


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