Me 262 A-1a/U1

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Me 262 A-1a/U1
Me 262 A-1a/U1
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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).


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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

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

Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
825 798 12500 29.4 30.4 16.2 15.3 750
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ??? 865 12500  ??.? 28.0  ??.? 19.5 750


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
580 ~10 ~4
Optimal velocities
< 500 < 600 < 680 N/A
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
0 m 910 kgf N/A

Survivability and armour

  • 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


Offensive armament

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 151/20 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.


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Offensive 20 mm Offensive 30 mm
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


  • Outstanding amount of nose battery of 6 auto cannons
  • Obliterates any plane
  • Decent energy retention (compared to other contemporary aircraft)
  • 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


  • Lack of mounted armaments
  • Rather slow compared to most other jets
  • Bad acceleration
  • Not very nimble at high speeds
  • Poor rate of climb
  • Poor turn rate
  • 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.


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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See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

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

Germany squadron aircraft
Me 262 A-1a/U1