Thu, Jun 24, 2010
Static Example Of The German Fighter Jet Goes To Oregon
Air Assets International of Erie,
CO has sold Messerschmitt Me262 "Gelbe 5" (Yellow 5), a static
example of the famed German fighter jet, to the Evergreen Aviation
and Space Museum in McMinnville, OR, which is also the home of the
famed "Spruce Goose" built by Howard Hughes. The plane, built
by Legend Flyers of Everett, WA, was delivered to Evergreen
Aviation & Space Museum on June 18, 2010 and began reassembly
for display to the general public.
The static Me262 was completed in the colors of the JG-7 to honor a
famous event from World War II.
On March 24, 1945 it was estimated that 30 Messerschmitt Me262s
were launched to defend Berlin, Germany from a B-17 bombing raid on
a tank factory. The B-17s were escorted by the P-51s of the 332nd
FG who engaged the 262s in an air battle that ended with 3
confirmed victories and another 3-4 Me262s sustaining major damage.
The 332nd FG, the famed Tuskegee Airmen, were ultimately awarded a
Distinguished Unit Citation for their efforts on the mission.
It has been 63 years since Messerschmitt 262 "Gelbe 5" of JG-7
was shot down by one of the Tuskegee Airmen. Legend Flyers spoke
with Lt. Alfred Ambs before he passed away at age 87 in March, 2010
about flying Gelbe 5 the day that he was shot down in 1945. Lt.
Ambs had more to say about the efforts at Legend Flyers to
reproduce flying Me262s than what happened on March 24, 1945.
Besides his wanting to see a 262 in the air again, he really wanted
to meet some of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew the Mustangs against
the Me262s. He was even more inspired when he learned that Legend
Flyers was painting the static Me262 in JG-7 colors, more
specifically as "Gelbe 5".
Gelbe 5 has 24 replica rockets mounted on a wooden rack, as it
was made in WWII along with authentic gun bays and detailed
Visitors to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum will have
the opportunity to see aviation history at its finest once the
Me-262 is completed for display- under the famed Howard Hughes
There is one final example of the Messerschmitt Me-262 built by
Legend Flyers available for sale.
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