Judge Lou Werner, the original owner of "White 1" (N262AZ), took
delivery of his aircraft on June 11, 2006. Test pilot
Wolf Czaia gave Judge Werner a ride in the back seat
that Saturday afternoon. Following the 35-minute ride,
Judge Werner commented that he thought it was great.
"White 1" departed at about 1400, Sunday afternoon,
6/11/06, with Wolf Czaia at the controls. "White 1" was
accompanied by a Cessna Citation piloted by Lynn Harpham
with Judge Lou Werner and Mike Anderson, the project's
crew chief, on board.
The "c" suffix refers to the new J-85 power plant and has
been informally assigned with the approval of the
Messerschmitt Foundation in Germany. "A" models, which signified
installation of the Jumo 004 engine. Experimental "B"
models used the BMW 003 power plant, leaving "C" as the
next unassigned letter.
During the war, all
operational Me 262As were single seaters; A-1a were the
standard interceptor version used by JG units, A-2a were
the fighter-bomber version used by KG units, A-5a
were recon versions, K-3a and K-4a were trial and
experimental models, B-1a were two seat conversion
trainers (15 units built), B-1a/U1 were night fighters
converted from B-1a's (temporary solution, 7 units
converted), B-2a were definitive night fighter versions
(1 unit built before the war ended).
The B-2a version was stretched so that twin standard
"tubs" would fit into the mid fuselage section, the aft
fuselage remaining a standard A model unit. The C models
were point defense interceptors using bi-fuel rockets to
supplement the jet engines.
"White 1" arrived at Sanders Aeronautics, at Eagles Nest
airport in Ione, California, in August of 2006 for
additional modifications and restoration work and is now
owned by the Collings Foundation. John Penney took the
Me 262 up for it's first test flight after a 5 year
restoration at Sanders Aeronautics on June 2, 2011 to
begin a 25 hour test flight profile.
Me 262 Replica Return to Eagles Nest
Me 262 Replica First Flight In-cockpit Video with Audio
Me 262 Replica First Flight Take-off Video
Me 262 Replica 100% Run
Me 262 Replica In-Cockpit 100% Run
Me 262 90% Taxi Video