Me 262 C-1a

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Me 262 C-1a Heimatschützer I
me-262c-1a.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
8.0/8.0/8.0BR
1 personCrew
7.8 tTake-off weight
14.52 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
14 900 mCeiling
2 х Junkers Jumo 004B-1Engine
JetType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1050 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 30 mm MK 108 cannonWeapon 1
360 roundsAmmunition
660 shots/minFire rate
Economy
99 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
390 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png5 100 / 6 451/5 230 / 6 615/2 170 / 2 745Repair
110 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
390 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 800 Ge icon.pngAces
202 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
280 % Sl icon.png270 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the German jet fighter Me 262 C-1a. For other uses, see Me 262 (Family).

Description

GarageImage Me262C1a.jpg


The Me 262 C-1a Heimatschützer I is a rank V German jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.39.

The Me 262 C-1a Heimatschützer I is a Me 262 A-1a fitted with a rocket booster in its tail. It is intended as an interceptor, climbing very quickly under the power of the booster rocket combined with its two jet engines. However, the boosters have a small fuel supply and shut down minutes after takeoff. Without its booster rocket, the Heimatschützer functions very similarly to the Me 262 A-1a. It has the same armament as the Me 262 A-1.

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 825 800 14 900 31.7 32.7 16.6 15.7 628
Upgraded  ???  ???  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1050 450 580 580 380 ~14 ~7
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 500 < 600 < 680 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Empty mass Wing loading (full fuel, no booster fuel)
Junkers Jumo 004B-1 2 4,995 kg 269 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load, no booster fuel) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 6m fuel 20m fuel 22m fuel
720 kg Axial-flow turbojet 5,247 kg 5,777 kg 5,953 kg 7,800 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%, no booster)
Condition 100% WEP 6m fuel 20m fuel 22m fuel MTOW
Stationary 910 kgf N/A 0.35 0.32 0.31 0.23
Optimal 910 kgf
(0 km/h)
N/A 0.35 0.32 0.31 0.23
Booster (Walter HWK 109-509S - Liquid-fuel rocket) Aircraft mass
Number Booster
weight (each)
Fuel
weight (each)
Burn
Time
Can be
shutdown
Jettisoned
after use
Mass with full booster fuel (no weapons load)
6m fuel 20m fuel 22m fuel
1 165 kg 1,700 kg 172s Yes No 6,947 kg 7,477 kg 7,653 kg
Condition Maximum booster
thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB)
Combined engine
& booster thrust @ 0 m
Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100% with booster)
6m fuel 20m fuel 22m fuel
Stationary 1,692 kgf 3,512 kgf 0.51 0.47 0.46
Optimal 1,692 kgf
(any speed)
3,512 kgf
(0kph)
0.51 0.47 0.46

Survivability and armour

  • 15 mm Steel - Behind pilot
  • 15 mm Steel - Pilot's headrest
  • 15 mm Steel - Between cockpit and fore fuel tank
  • 15 mm Steel - Instrument panel plate
  • 16 mm Steel x 2 - Ammunition protection plates
  • 90 mm Bulletproof glass

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: MK 108 (30 mm)

The Me 262 C-1a is armed with:

  • 4 x 30 mm MK 108 cannons (2 x 100 rpg top + 2 x 80 rpg bottom = 360 total)

The all four cannons are arranged in bundles of two mounted on the underside of the upper mounted in the nose of the aircraft. Two are outfitted with 100 rpg, while the other two have 30 rpg.

Usage in the battles

The Heimatschutzer I's cannon armament consists of four nose-mounted 30 mm Mk 108 autocannons. It has the same armament as the Me 262 A-1a. The Me 262 A-1a and the Me262 C-1a Heimatschützer have the same burst mass of 14.52 kg/s (32.01 lbs/s).

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not controllable Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Offensive 30 mm
II Compressor Air Frame
III Wing Repair New 30 mm Cannons
IV Engine Cover

The biggest issue of the Heimatschützer I is it's poor acceleration across all speeds when the boosters are out of fuel. Thus, the "Compressor" and "New Engine" modifications should have the highest priority. The default ammo belts are decent, but the high explosive content increases with the new ammo. Because of this, researching the 30 mm Belts modification is not a bad idea. The "New Cannons" modification can also be researched to improve the accuracy and reliability of the 30 mm cannons.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Heavy armament of four 30 mm cannons
  • Decent energy retention
  • It has a rocket engine, allowing a climb to about 4000 m (13000 ft) within 1.5 minutes

Cons:

  • Slow in comparison to other jets it may encounter
  • Rocket propulsion is limited
  • Its 30 mm guns are not optimal for jet combat, with a low muzzle velocity and effective range
  • Without its booster, it is a fairly slow climber

History

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Media

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Read also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
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Sources

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  • topic on the official game forum;
  • page on aircraft encyclopedia;
  • other literature.
  • Skins and camouflages for the Me 262 from live.warthunder.com. All Me 262A-1a skins are compatible with the C-1a variant. There are however camouflages made specifically for the C-1a. These can be found here.


Bavarian Aircraft Corporation (Bayerische Flugzeugwerke Aktiengesellschaft (BFW)*)
Bf 109  Flegel's Bf 109 A · Bf 109 B-1 · Bf 109 E-1 · Bf 109 E-3 · Bf 109 E-4 · Bf 109 E-7/U2 · Bf 109 F-1 · Bf 109 F-2 · Bf 109 F-4 · Bf 109 F-4/trop · Bf 109 G-2/trop · Bf 109 G-6 · Bf 109 K-4 · Bf 109 G-10 · Bf 109 G-14 · Bf 109 Z
Bf 110  Bf 110 C-6 · Bf 110 C-7 · Bf 110 F-2 · Bf 110 G-2
Me 410  Me 410 A-1 · Me 410 A-1/U2 · Me 410 A-1/U4 · Me 410 B-1 · Me 410 B-1/U2 · Me 410 B-2/U4 · Me 410 B-6/R3
Bombers  Me 264
Jet Fighters  Me 163 B · Me 163 B-0 · Me 262 A-1a · Me 262 A-1/U4 · Me 262 A-2a · Me 262 A-1a/U1 · Me 262 C-1a · Me 262 C-2b
Export  ▅Bf 109 E-7 · ▄Bf 109 G-14/AS · ▄Bf 109 G-2 · Bf 109 G-2
Captured  ▃Bf 109 F-4
  * BFW was later renamed Messerschmitt Aktiengesellschaft (AG) on 11 July 1938. All aircraft currently in production at this time retained the designation Bf while those developed after this date had the designation Me.

Germany jet aircraft
Me.262  Me 262 A-1/U4 · Me 262 A-1a · Me 262 A-2a · Me 262 C-1a · Me 262 C-2b
  He 162 A-1 · He 162 A-2 · Me 163 B · Me 163 B-0 · Ho 229 V3
Bombers  Ar 234 B-2 · Ar 234 C-3
Other countries  CL-13A Mk 5 · CL-13B Mk.6 · ▀MiG-15bis · ▀MiG-19S · ▀MiG-21MF · Sea Hawk Mk.100 · G.91 R/3