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{{Specs-Card|code=me-262a1_u1}}
 
 
{{About
 
{{About
 
| about = squadron German jet fighter '''{{PAGENAME}}'''
 
| about = squadron German jet fighter '''{{PAGENAME}}'''
 
| usage = other versions
 
| usage = other versions
 
| link = Me 262 (Family)
 
| link = Me 262 (Family)
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}}
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{{Specs-Card
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|code=me-262a1_u1
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|images={{Specs-Card-Image|GarageImage_Me_262_A1a-U1.jpg}}
 
}}
 
}}
  
 
== Description ==
 
== Description ==
 
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[[File:GarageImage_Me_262_A1a-U1.png|420px|thumb|left]]
 
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a squadron rank {{Specs|rank}} German jet fighter {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced during [[Update 1.91 "Night Vision"]]. It can be unlocked with 310,000 squadron activity points or 6,600 golden eagles.
 
The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a squadron rank {{Specs|rank}} German jet fighter {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced during [[Update 1.91 "Night Vision"]]. It can be unlocked with 310,000 squadron activity points or 6,600 golden eagles.
  
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
 
=== Flight performance ===
 
=== Flight performance ===
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{{Specs-Avia-Flight}}
 
''Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.''
 
''Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.''
  
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center" width="70%"
|-
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! rowspan="2" | Characteristics
! colspan="8" | Characteristics
 
|-
 
! colspan="8" | ''Stock''
 
|-
 
 
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 6,000 m)
 
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 6,000 m)
! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(meters)
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! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(metres)
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
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! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(metres/second)
! rowspan="2" | Take-off run<br>(meters)
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! rowspan="2" | Take-off run<br>(metres)
 
|-
 
|-
 
! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB
 
! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB
 
|-
 
|-
| 825 || 798 || {{Specs|ceiling}} || 29.4 || 30.4 || 16.2 || 15.3 || 750
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! Stock
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| 825 || 798 || rowspan="2" | {{Specs|ceiling}} || 29.4 || 30.4 || 16.2 || 15.3 || rowspan="2" | 750
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="8" | ''Upgraded''
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! Upgraded
|-
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| ___ || 865 || __._ || 28.0 || __._ || 19.5
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 6,000 m)
 
! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(meters)
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
 
! rowspan="2" | Take-off run<br>(meters)
 
|-
 
! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB
 
|-
 
| ??? || 865 || {{Specs|ceiling}} || ??.? || 28.0 || ??.? || 19.5 || 750
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
==== Details ====
 
==== Details ====
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center" width="50%"
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="5" | Features
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! colspan="6" | Features
 
|-
 
|-
! Combat flaps !! Take-off flaps !! Landing flaps !! Air brakes !! Arrestor gear
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! Combat flaps !! Take-off flaps !! Landing flaps !! Air brakes !! Arrestor gear !! Drogue chute
 
|-
 
|-
| ✓ || ✓ || ✓ || X || X    <!-- ✓ -->
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| ✓ || ✓ || ✓ || X || X || X    <!-- ✓ -->
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center" width="50%"
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="5" | Limits
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! colspan="7" | Limits
 
|-
 
|-
! rowspan="2" | Wing-break speed<br>(km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Wings (km/h)
! rowspan="2" | Gear limit<br>(km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Gear (km/h)
! rowspan="2" | Combat flaps<br>(km/h)
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! colspan="3" | Flaps (km/h)
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
|-
 
|-
! + !! -
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! Combat !! Take-off !! Landing !! + !! -
 
|-
 
|-
| {{Specs|destruction|constructions}} || {{Specs|destruction|chassis}} || 580 || ~10 || ~4
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| {{Specs|destruction|body}} || {{Specs|destruction|gear}} || 558 || 529 || 380 || ~10 || ~5
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="4" | Optimal velocities
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! colspan="4" | Optimal velocities (km/h)
 
|-
 
|-
! Ailerons<br>(km/h)
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! Ailerons !! Rudder !! Elevators !! Radiator
! Rudder<br>(km/h)
 
! Elevators<br>(km/h)
 
! Radiator<br>(km/h)
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
| < 500 || < 600 || < 680 || N/A
 
| < 500 || < 600 || < 680 || N/A
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|}
 
|}
  
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==== Engine performance ====
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="3" | Compressor (RB/SB)
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! colspan="3" | Engine
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! colspan="6" | Aircraft mass
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|-
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! colspan="2" | Engine name || Number
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! colspan="3" | Empty mass || colspan="3" | Wing loading (full fuel)
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|-
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| colspan="2" | Junkers Jumo 004B-1 ||  2
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| colspan="3" | 4,550 kg || colspan="3" |  300 kg/m<sup>2</sup>
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|-
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! colspan="3" | Engine characteristics
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! colspan="5" | Mass with fuel (no weapons load) || rowspan="2" | Max Takeoff<br />Weight
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|-
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! Weight (each) || colspan="2" | Type
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! 16m fuel || 20m fuel || 30m fuel || 45m fuel || 53m fuel
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|-
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| 720 kg || colspan="2" | Axial-flow turbojet
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| 5,164 kg || 5,311 kg || 5,679 kg || 6,231 kg || 6,525 kg || 6,520 kg
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="3" | Setting 1
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! colspan="3" | {{Annotation|Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB)|The maximum thrust produced by each engine, while mounted in the aircraft. NOTE: Thrust varies significantly depending on speed & altitude.}}
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! colspan="6" | Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)
 
|-
 
|-
! Optimal altitude
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! Condition || 100% || WEP
! 100% Engine power
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! 16m fuel || 20m fuel || 30m fuel || 45m fuel || 53m fuel || MTOW
! WEP Engine power
 
 
|-
 
|-
| 0 m || 910 kgf || N/A
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| ''Stationary'' || 910 kgf || N/A
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| 0.35 || 0.34 || 0.32 || 0.29 || 0.28 || 0.28
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|-
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| ''Optimal'' || 910 kgf<br />(0 km/h) || N/A
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| 0.35 || 0.34 || 0.32 || 0.29 || 0.28 || 0.28
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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{{Specs-Avia-Armour}}
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* 15 mm Steel - Behind the pilot
 
* 15 mm Steel - Behind the pilot
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* 16 mm Steel x 2 - Ammunition protection plates
 
* 16 mm Steel x 2 - Ammunition protection plates
 
* 90 mm Bulletproof glass
 
* 90 mm Bulletproof glass
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=== Modifications and economy ===
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{{Specs-Economy}}
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
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{{Specs-Avia-Armaments}}
 
=== Offensive armament ===
 
=== Offensive armament ===
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{{Specs-Avia-Offensive}}
 
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{{main|MK 103 (30 mm)|MK 108 (30 mm)|MG 151/20 (20 mm)}}
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{{main|MK 103 (30 mm)|MK 108 (30 mm)|MG 151 (20 mm)}}
  
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
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* 2 x 30 mm MK 103 cannons, nose-mounted (72 rpg = 144 total)
 
* 2 x 30 mm MK 103 cannons, nose-mounted (72 rpg = 144 total)
 
* 2 x 30 mm MK 108 cannons, nose-mounted (66 rpg = 132 total)
 
* 2 x 30 mm MK 108 cannons, nose-mounted (66 rpg = 132 total)
* 2 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons, nose-mounted (146 rpg = 292 total)
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* 2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannons, nose-mounted (146 rpg = 292 total)
  
 
== Usage in battles ==
 
== Usage in battles ==
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As a modified [[Me 262 A-1a]], its role in the battle has not changed that much. The added cannons make the plane more capable at its battle rating, with a single burst it will obliterate any opponent in its path.
 
As a modified [[Me 262 A-1a]], its role in the battle has not changed that much. The added cannons make the plane more capable at its battle rating, with a single burst it will obliterate any opponent in its path.
  
=== Modules ===
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=== Pros and cons ===
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! Tier
 
! colspan="2" | Flight performance
 
! Survivability
 
! colspan="2" | Weaponry
 
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| I
 
| Fuselage repair
 
|
 
|
 
| Offensive 20 mm
 
| Offensive 30 mm
 
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| II
 
|
 
| Compressor
 
| Airframe
 
| New 20 mm cannons
 
|
 
|-
 
| III
 
| Wings repair
 
|
 
|
 
| Offensive 30 mm
 
| New 30 mm cannons
 
|-
 
| IV
 
|
 
| Engine
 
| Cover
 
| New 30 mm cannons
 
|
 
|-
 
|}
 
  
=== Pros and cons ===
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'''Pros:'''
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* Outstanding amount of nose battery of 6 auto cannons
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* Outstanding amount of nose battery of 6 autocannons
* Obliterates any plane
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* Can completely obliterate enemy teams if in the hands of a capable player
 
* Decent energy retention (compared to other contemporary aircraft)
 
* Decent energy retention (compared to other contemporary aircraft)
* Only a slight difference in flight performance compared to the [[Me 262 A-1a]]
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* Can equip its MK103 autocannons with HVAP rounds that can pen 95 mm of armour
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* Plenty of ammo, especially compared to Russian planes
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* Only a slight difference in flight performance compared to the [[Me 262 A-1a]]
 
* Good roll rate at low speeds
 
* Good roll rate at low speeds
 
* Fairly manoeuvrable at low speeds compared to early jets
 
* Fairly manoeuvrable at low speeds compared to early jets
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'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
  
* Lack of mounted armaments
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* Lack of suspended armaments
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* Can regularly face post-war jets that outrun it like the [[F-84 (Family)|F-84]]
 
* Rather slow compared to most other jets
 
* Rather slow compared to most other jets
 
* Bad acceleration
 
* Bad acceleration
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* Very fragile engines
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* If engines are hit it is quite easy to get into a flat-spin while stalling
 
* Not very nimble at high speeds
 
* Not very nimble at high speeds
 
* Poor rate of climb
 
* Poor rate of climb
* Poor turn rate
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* Fuel feed cuts off if flying with negative G-loads for an extended period of time
* Fuel feed cuts off if flying with inverted G-loads for an extended period of time
 
* Very exposed engines that are very susceptible to damage.
 
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
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The Me 262A-1a / U1 is a modification of the world's first mass produced jet fighter, the German [[Me 262 A-1a|Me 262]] ‘Schwalbe’. The armament of the A-1 sub-serie, being four 30mm MK.108 auto cannons, had a number of drawbacks, such as cycle failures and complex heavy shell ballistics. For these reasons, engineers experimented with different variations as to the weaponry, including a reinforced cannon battery. As such, the Me.262A-1a/U1 modification was created as part of this program. German engineers managed to fit 6 autocannons in the nose: 2x20mm MG.151/20, 2x30mm stock version MK.108, and 2x30mm MK.103 guns. For the latter, they developed shells with a higher initial speed, and the guns themselves had a longer barrel length than the MK.108, as well as an effective muzzle brake - all to improve the ballistics of the heavy shells.  They built a prototype (according to other sources, there were three units), but the project was not entered into mass production. However, one example was flown by one of the most effective jet aces of World War II, Heinz Bär, who flew it at the end of April 1945, and with it, even shot down several Thunderbolts in the skies over Germany.
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The Me 262A-1a/U1 is a modification of the world's first mass produced jet fighter, the German [[Me 262 A-1a|Me 262]] 'Schwalbe'. The armament of the A-1 sub-serie, being four 30mm MK.108 auto cannons, had a number of drawbacks, such as cycle failures and complex heavy shell ballistics. For these reasons, engineers experimented with different variations as to the weaponry, including a reinforced cannon battery. As such, the Me.262A-1a/U1 modification was created as part of this program. German engineers managed to fit 6 autocannons in the nose: 2x20mm MG.151/20, 2x30mm stock version MK.108, and 2x30mm MK.103 guns. For the latter, they developed shells with a higher initial speed, and the guns themselves had a longer barrel length than the MK.108, as well as an effective muzzle brake - all to improve the ballistics of the heavy shells. They built a prototype (according to other sources, there were three units), but the project was not entered into mass production. However, one example was flown by one of the most effective jet aces of World War II, Heinz Bär, who flew it at the end of April 1945, and with it, even shot down several Thunderbolts in the skies over Germany.
  
 
''- From [[wt:en/news/6386-development-squadron-vehicles-me-262a-1a-u1-en|Devblog]]''
 
''- From [[wt:en/news/6386-development-squadron-vehicles-me-262a-1a-u1-en|Devblog]]''
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== Media ==
 
== Media ==
 
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{{Youtube-gallery|V7WNaq8wiqQ|Me 262 A1a/U1 - Bacongaming|n7R9ix6KSfY|Me 262 A1a/U1 - PhlyDaily}}
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{{Youtube-gallery|V77eUJjifzM|'''The Me-262 family''' discusses the {{PAGENAME}} at 3:17 - ''War Thunder Official Channel''|d5k2T9FP0bQ|'''Avoid them in frontal attack!''' discusses the {{PAGENAME}} at 2:33 - ''War Thunder Official Channel''|bxalaBFUfb8|'''The Shooting Range #174''' - ''Pages of History'' section at 04:45 discusses the Me 262 "Schwalbe".|V7WNaq8wiqQ|'''{{PAGENAME}} - Squadron Vehicle Overview''' - ''Bacongaming''|n7R9ix6KSfY|''' The Germans were NUTS - {{PAGENAME}}'''  - ''PhlyDaily''}}
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
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== External links ==
 
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* [[wt:en/news/6386-development-squadron-vehicles-me-262a-1a-u1-en|[Development<nowiki>]</nowiki> Squadron vehicles: Me 262A-1a/U1]]
 
* [[wt:en/news/6386-development-squadron-vehicles-me-262a-1a-u1-en|[Development<nowiki>]</nowiki> Squadron vehicles: Me 262A-1a/U1]]
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* [https://forum.warthunder.com/index.php?/topic/320881-messerschmitt-me-262-a-1a-a-1au4/ Official data sheet - more details about the performance]
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{{Germany jet aircraft}}
 
{{Germany jet aircraft}}
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{{Squadron aircraft}}

Latest revision as of 17:57, 17 February 2021

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This page is about the squadron German jet fighter Me 262 A-1a/U1. For other versions, see Me 262 (Family).
Me 262 A-1a/U1
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Description

The Me 262 A-1a/U1 is a squadron rank V German jet fighter with a battle rating of 7.3 (AB/RB) and 7.0 (SB). It was introduced during Update 1.91 "Night Vision". It can be unlocked with 310,000 squadron activity points or 6,600 golden eagles.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 6 000 m865 km/h
Turn time28 s
Max altitude12 500 m
Engine2 х Junkers Jumo 004B-1
TypeJet
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight7 t

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

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 825 798 12500 29.4 30.4 16.2 15.3 750
Upgraded ___ 865 __._ 28.0 __._ 19.5

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 450 558 529 380 ~10 ~5
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)
Junkers Jumo 004B-1 2 4,550 kg 300 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 16m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 53m fuel
720 kg Axial-flow turbojet 5,164 kg 5,311 kg 5,679 kg 6,231 kg 6,525 kg 6,520 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)
Condition 100% WEP 16m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 45m fuel 53m fuel MTOW
Stationary 910 kgf N/A 0.35 0.34 0.32 0.29 0.28 0.28
Optimal 910 kgf
(0 km/h)
N/A 0.35 0.34 0.32 0.29 0.28 0.28

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural1 050 km/h
Gear450 km/h
  • 15 mm Steel - Behind the 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

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 040 → 3 985 Sl icon.png
RB6 280 → 8 233 Sl icon.png
SB11 000 → 14 420 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications129 900 Rp icon.png
240 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 200 Ge icon.png
Crew training110 000 Sl icon.png
Experts390 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 800 Ge icon.png
Research Aces780 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
120 / 200 / 350 % Sl icon.png
202 / 202 / 202 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
8 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods jet compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
9 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
9 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
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Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition132 rounds
Fire rate660 shots/min
Ammunition144 rounds
Fire rate380 shots/min
Ammunition292 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min

The Me 262 A-1a/U1 is armed with:

  • 2 x 30 mm MK 103 cannons, nose-mounted (72 rpg = 144 total)
  • 2 x 30 mm MK 108 cannons, nose-mounted (66 rpg = 132 total)
  • 2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannons, nose-mounted (146 rpg = 292 total)

Usage in battles

As a modified Me 262 A-1a, its role in the battle has not changed that much. The added cannons make the plane more capable at its battle rating, with a single burst it will obliterate any opponent in its path.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Outstanding amount of nose battery of 6 autocannons
  • Can completely obliterate enemy teams if in the hands of a capable player
  • Decent energy retention (compared to other contemporary aircraft)
  • Can equip its MK103 autocannons with HVAP rounds that can pen 95 mm of armour
  • Plenty of ammo, especially compared to Russian planes
  • Only a slight difference in flight performance compared to the Me 262 A-1a
  • Good roll rate at low speeds
  • Fairly manoeuvrable at low speeds compared to early jets

Cons:

  • Lack of suspended armaments
  • Can regularly face post-war jets that outrun it like the F-84
  • Rather slow compared to most other jets
  • Bad acceleration
  • Very fragile engines
  • If engines are hit it is quite easy to get into a flat-spin while stalling
  • Not very nimble at high speeds
  • Poor rate of climb
  • Fuel feed cuts off if flying with negative G-loads for an extended period of time

History

The Me 262A-1a/U1 is a modification of the world's first mass produced jet fighter, the German Me 262 'Schwalbe'. The armament of the A-1 sub-serie, being four 30mm MK.108 auto cannons, had a number of drawbacks, such as cycle failures and complex heavy shell ballistics. For these reasons, engineers experimented with different variations as to the weaponry, including a reinforced cannon battery. As such, the Me.262A-1a/U1 modification was created as part of this program. German engineers managed to fit 6 autocannons in the nose: 2x20mm MG.151/20, 2x30mm stock version MK.108, and 2x30mm MK.103 guns. For the latter, they developed shells with a higher initial speed, and the guns themselves had a longer barrel length than the MK.108, as well as an effective muzzle brake - all to improve the ballistics of the heavy shells. They built a prototype (according to other sources, there were three units), but the project was not entered into mass production. However, one example was flown by one of the most effective jet aces of World War II, Heinz Bär, who flew it at the end of April 1945, and with it, even shot down several Thunderbolts in the skies over Germany.

- From Devblog

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Bavarian Aircraft Corporation (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 · Bf 110 G-4
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  ▀F-84F · 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

Squadron aircraft
USA  A-4E Early
Germany  Me 262 A-1a/U1
Britain  Firecrest