I wouldn’t even put the 262 in as the top German fighter of WW II.
Citizen Snips
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Agreed — the Me-262 was superior to other early jets, but still had some serious problems. The engine issues were never truly resolved, although going from “regularly blowing up and catching on fire” to “replace every 10 flying hours” certainly counts as an improvement. The Me-262 also had a very limited combat record, most of which employed very experienced pilots. High speed handling characteristics and tricky throttle control would have produced a lethally steep learning curve for most of the poorly trained pilots coming out of the German system after 1942.

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