Me 262 C-1a

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Me 262 C-1a Heimatschützer I
General characteristics
1 personCrew
5.0 tEmpty weight
7.8 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
14 900 mCeiling
sec30.3/30.3/0.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
2 х Junkers Jumo 004B-1Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1 050 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 х 30 mm MK 108 cannonWeapon 1
360 roundsAmmunition
660 shots/minFire rate
99 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
390 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png5 600 / 7 084/6 100 / 7 716/2 800 / 3 542Repair
110 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
390 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 800 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.02 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft Me 262 C-1a. For other uses, see Me 262 (Disambiguation)


GarageImage Me262C1a.jpg

The Me 262 C-1a Heimatschutzer I is a Rank V German jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.0. 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

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


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
1050 450 520 ~14 ~7
Optimal velocities
< 500 < 600 < 680 > 250
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
0 m 910 kgf No WEP

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


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). This is the second heaviest burst mass of any aircraft in the game.

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


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


  • Heavy armament of four 30 mm cannons
  • 2nd highest cannon burst mass compared to other aircraft in the game
  • Decent energy retention
  • It has a rocket engine, allowing a climb to about 4000 m (13000 ft) within 1.5 minutes


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


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