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Aug 24, 2019, 04:03 PM
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Hitlers Secret Underground Factory


I'm just watching a program about the development of the ME262!

And the story of the secret underground base that they built to manufacture it!
Aug 24, 2019, 04:15 PM
56S
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Please don't spoil it for the rest of us and tell us how it ends.
Aug 24, 2019, 04:22 PM
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They were getting desperate toward the end, many factories were moved underground and not just the Me-262:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engelberg_Tunnel
V1 & V2 were also build underground in horrible conditions:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mittel...entration_camp
The heavy bombing really worked!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messer...262#Production
Aug 24, 2019, 04:54 PM
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I have a ME262 upstairs in the model room (and a complete unbuilt new kit in the loft ).

Quite an enigmatic fighter.

I didn't realise the effort required to build them.
Aug 24, 2019, 05:10 PM
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It was a beautiful plane no doubt and well ahead of its time, had engines reliability problems for lack of strategic material and came too late to make any difference for them!
Aug 24, 2019, 06:27 PM
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I saw that video! Truly amazing what can be done with thousands of slave labor workers. I think that is the one where they had to transport the 262's up to a mountain top runway. Hitler was a true wack job but he accomplished amazing things.
Aug 24, 2019, 06:42 PM
For your own good.
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Norm, NetFlix has several videos about the crazy stuff the Germans built in WWII. They had a massive plant that turned coal into diesel fuel for the tanks. Germany had lots of coal but no oil, so Hitler made ALL the train locomotives steam even though diesel electric engines were invented. Massive underground hideouts that went unused but cost thousands of Jewish slave labor lives.
Aug 25, 2019, 12:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Norman Adlam
I have a ME262 upstairs in the model room (and a complete unbuilt new kit in the loft ).

Quite an enigmatic fighter.

I didn't realise the effort required to build them.
If you are ever near the Munich airport, pop into the German Airplane museum near there. A very impressive collection of "the other side's" airplanes, including an ME262.
Aug 25, 2019, 06:17 AM
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The use of slave Labour was an own goal by the Nazis, with no real incentive to do good work, actual production of war materials was poor as was the quality.
Many of the slave labourers sabotaged the work so things like tanks breaking down and aircraft engines not lasting very long were rather more common than they should have been.

In the U.K. we had the Shadow factory’s, which had automobile factories building production facilities for aircraft parts using automotive mass production methods.

Alongside of that there were the dispersal factories which paralleled the aircraft companies own factories allowing more production plus backup if the main factories were bombed.
Aug 25, 2019, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Up&Away
If you are ever near the Munich airport, pop into the German Airplane museum near there. A very impressive collection of "the other side's" airplanes, including an ME262.
That's a technical museum, complete with a ww1 uboat and a mercury capsule.
Aug 25, 2019, 10:42 AM
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I saw this one at Dayton:
https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Vi...262a-schwalbe/


I also contributed to the now defunct Stormbirds Me-262 Project that built new replicas with the approval from Messerschmidt using GE CJ610 engines and modified nacelles. Still have the project cap...

Here's one off them in action:

Replica Me-262 First Flight 6/02/2011 (13 min 40 sec)
Aug 26, 2019, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Zaurak3
I saw this one at Dayton:
https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Vi...262a-schwalbe/


I also contributed to the now defunct Stormbirds Me-262 Project that built new replicas with the approval from Messerschmidt using GE CJ610 engines and modified nacelles. Still have the project cap...

Here's one off them in action:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8HblYdUUcg
Cool! Did it have the spring loaded slats the one in the Air Force Museum does?
Aug 26, 2019, 08:54 PM
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Cool! Did it have the spring loaded slats the one in the Air Force Museum does?
Yes - check the replica video at 8-minutes in...
Aug 27, 2019, 08:01 AM
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ME 262 had a short range a huge cannon and not much ammo. Cool and innovating design!
Aug 27, 2019, 08:44 AM
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There is a replica that flys at Houston Air show every year, always a blast to see


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