Me 262 C-2b

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Me 262 C-2b Heimatschützer II
General characteristics
1 personCrew
8 tTake-off weight
14.52 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
14900 mCeiling
2 х BMW 003-REngine
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
99000 Rp icon.pngResearch
390000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png7970 / 10082/11380 / 14395/4500 / 5692Repair
110000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
390000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1800 Ge icon.pngAces
202 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
300 % Sl icon.png340 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the German jet fighter Me 262 C-2b. For other uses, see Me 262 (Family).


GarageImage Me262C2b.jpg

The Me 262 C-2b Heimatschützer II is a rank V German jet fighter with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.41.

The Me 262 C-2b is equipped with the 30 mm MK 108 autocannon, which has insane damage potential. With the third greatest in-game burst rate of 14.52 kg/s (32.01 lbs/s) and the great explosive warhead "minengeschoss" (=mine-shell) this weapon will vaporize aircraft, especially bombers. But every coin has a flip side and the "Sledgehammer" is no exception. The amazing rate of fire is bought with a very short barrel and small propellant charges, resulting in very bad ballistics: The slowest shells with the greatest bullet drop in-game. The Mk 108 makes no compromise, only the extremes.

The MK 108 is a very bad anti-fighter weapon particular in a jet to jet combat. Bullet drop and slow velocity result in difficult lead shots in ranges above 300 m (350 yds). In manoeuvre fights this trait gets even worse, the high speeds of jet battle push the necessary lead for hitting the target high, very high and in front of the enemy. Training with this weapon-system on a custom battle against random enemies is heavily advised.

The Sledgehammer cannons have an ammo indicator in the cockpit. It sits directly beneath the compass (the one with the little plane in the middle). A typical bar ammunition counter of the Luftwaffe. The left white column is for the two top auto-cannons. The right one is for the bottom two cannons, this bar is also taller than the left one as the ammo count is different for the two pairs.

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 824 797 14900 31.6 32.5 16.5 15.6 628
Upgraded 908 865 29.3 30.3 23.9 20.0


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1050 450 580 580 320 ~15 ~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)
BMW 003-R 2 4,775 kg 260 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load, no booster fuel) Max Takeoff
Weight (each) Type 6m fuel 20m fuel
673 kg Axial-flow turbojet 5,070 kg 5,653 kg 8,000 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (108%, no booster)
Condition 100% 108% 6m fuel 20m fuel MTOW
Stationary 801 kgf 910 kgf 0.36 0.32 0.23
Optimal 801 kgf
(0 km/h)
910 kgf
(0 km/h)
0.35 0.32 0.23
Booster (BMW 109-718 - Liquid-fuel rocket) Aircraft mass
Number Booster
weight (each)
weight (each)
Can be
after use
Mass with full booster fuel (no weapons load)
6m fuel 20m fuel
2 165 kg 850 kg 163s Yes No 6,770 kg 7,353 kg
Condition Maximum booster
thrust @ 0 m (RB / SB)
Combined engine
& booster thrust @ 0 m
Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (108% with booster)
6m fuel 20m fuel
Stationary 1,224 kgf 4,268 kgf 0.63 0.58
Optimal 1,224 kgf
(any speed)
4,268 kgf
0.63 0.58

Survivability and armour

  • 15 mm Steel - plate behind the pilot seat
  • 15 mm Steel - plate headrest
  • 15 mm Steel - Cockpit for plate
  • 15 mm Steel - Instrument panel plate
  • 16 mm Steel - 2 x plates protecting ammunition
  • 90 mm Bulletproof glass


Offensive armament

Main article: MK 108 (30 mm)

The Me 262 C-2b is armed with:

  • 4 x 30 mm MK 108 cannon, nose-mounted (2 x 100 rpg top + 2 x 80 rpg bottom = 360 total)

Usage in battles

Anti-fighter combat strategies include:

Climb: All around usable Self-explanatory, rockets are used to boost oneself up to > 7000 m. Henceforth denying enemy fighters absolute altitude advantage. Of course, this must be followed through to the extreme, as once altitude advantage is gone, so will be the Me 262. Especially high-altitude prop-aircraft will be dangerous foes as jet-engine's power steadily declines over altitude. Whereas turbochargers and superchargers will keep the piston engine's power output steady. Watch out for these particular foes: P-47D, P-47M, F8F-1B, Spitfire Mk 24/Mk 22, J7W1 and Ta 152H-1, if this strategy is chosen. Commence in classic Boom and Zoom tactics. Aggressive climb: Useful against pure enemy jet teams The same principle as merely "Climb", however with the twist of actively engaging towards the hostile airfield to intercept with E-advantage enemy fighters. Air-Domination is established beyond the frontline with the prime directive to hinder enemy aircraft (especially jets) to gain any further altitude. If piston aircraft are present, this may prove to be difficult as these machines will be on or even above the Me 262 C upon contact. Hostile jets though will again not be on a similar energy state, making them on the first two initial passes easy prey. Good energy management is key though!

Rush: Enemy team energy denial This strategy can prove deadly but will provide similar aggressive team-mates with a better outset once team vs team combat starts. Start boosters after spawning and use them to reach maximum level flight speed. Reduce engine throttle before losing a wing! Head straight for the enemy and disturb them in their acceleration & climb. The idea is to either seize targets of opportunity (e.g. AFK climbers, unaware targets) or to confuse the foes to give one's allies the aforementioned better vantage position.

Specific enemies worth noting

Remember to assign a key to Boosters!

Rocket boost should either be saved to compete against post-war jets or be used immediately to propel oneself up to 6,000 m before the hostile forces had the opportunity to gain any energy advantage.

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 Airframe
III Wing Repair New 30 mm Cannons
IV Engine Cover

The biggest issue of the Schwalbe is its bad acceleration across all speeds. Thus "Compressor" and "New Engine" upgrades have the highest priority. The stock belts are decent, but the high explosive content increases with the new ammo, so including belts into the upgrade route is not a bad idea. The same applies to the rockets. Being able to knockout bases or tanks(direct hit) with these warheads, makes the late game much more easy to win if the last enemies are running or hiding. "New cannons" is an interesting upgrade choice as it increases accuracy above 300 m (350 yds), but the MK 108 will still be unable to hit a yarn-door at 500 m (600 yds). Cool-down and jamming is nothing the "Sledgehammer" has to deal with, considering the damage potential and low ammo count per gun.

Pros and cons


  • Great plane for arcade battles, as it climbs quickly with the rocket boosters and can land to refuel them
  • Boom and zoom is a must with this plane, as it keeps up with all other jets
  • Can use boosters to outrun and out-climb other aircraft


  • Handling feels Heavy
  • Slow compared to other aircraft at the rank
  • Horrible climb rate if boosters aren't in use
  • Performs significantly worse than the A-1a variant
  • MK 108s are not well suited for jet combat.
  • No airbrakes to slow down


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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 · ▄Bf 110 G-4
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
Ar 234  Ar 234 B-2 · Ar 234 C-3
He 162  He 162 A-1 · He 162 A-2
Ho 229  Ho 229 V3
Me 163  Me 163 B · Me 163 B-0
Me 262  Me 262 A-1a · Me 262 A-1a/U1 · Me 262 A-1/U4 · Me 262 A-2a · Me 262 C-1a · Me 262 C-2b
USA  CL-13A Mk 5 · CL-13B Mk.6 · ▀F-86K · F-104G
USSR  ▀MiG-15bis · ▀MiG-19S · ▀MiG-21MF · ▀IL-28
Britain  Sea Hawk Mk.100
Italy  ▀G.91 R/3 · ▀G.91 R/4