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These pages present the history of America's "First Jet Squadron" in a fairly simple progression. Follow the MISSION link to learn more about the actual details of the operation.  Each major phase of the mission has been laid out on a separate page for ease of navigation.  Much of the information that you will find here has never before appeared in the public domain, and many first-person perspectives are included from the men who took part in this operation. 

Next, check out the PILOTS and PLANES.  Each of these links breaks down into more individual pages that will give you a then & now perspective on the surviving men and aircraft from the original mission.  Find out where they came from as well as where they are today.  

The final pages (TECHNICAL, RESOURCES, WEBMASTER) address more general concerns by providing a brief technical assessment of the Me 262, a synopsis of research aids, a selection of links, and the webmaster's notes on how this information was gathered. 

The site also contains a number of photographs which have generally been captioned in the background.  Momentarily placing your mouse pointer on the image should cause the desired information to appear. 

The majority of the original project photographs are from the Webmaster's personal collection.  Many of these images were obtained via the Roy W. Brown and John C. Browning Collections.  Certain other photos have been drawn from various sources over the years, whether online or in print. 

In a few cases, it has been difficult to recall specific credit information, and an image may appear without having been appropriately credited.  We are continually researching and updating our holdings, and have no desire to withhold proper recognition from any deserving party.  If we have done so on any of the pages which follow, we apologize for the error.

F  E  E  D  B  A  C  K

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H  I  S  T  O  R  I  C  I  T  Y

The pages that follow deal with real people and real events.  As such, they have the power to either capture a moment in time or just perpetuate old myths.  Recounting history is a serious matter to us, and the utmost care has been taken to present a reference grade summary.  Still, the task of reviewing thousands of documents and interview transcriptions while simultaneously tending to layout and presentation concerns is likely to have resulted in the omission of certain facts -- or at least forced some unwitting compromises to be made.  Should you spot an "improvement opportunity" or require a clarification on some point, please do not hesitate to call it to our attention.

Me 262 devotees may note that the term Sturmvogel or Stormbird has usually been associated with a specific sub variant (the A-2a).  This is largely a retrospective distinction, as these planes were at various times and in various places known by any number of names, including Silber (Silver), Turbo and Schwalbe (Swallow).  

As a general instrument of war, we have deferred to the epithet "Stormbird" for all 262s. 


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