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The Heinkel He 162 Volksjaeger (German, "People's Fighter"), the name of the project of the Emergency Fighter Program design competition, was a German single-engine, jet-powered fighter aircraft fielded by the Luftwaffe in World War II. Designed and built quickly, and made primarily of wood as metals were in very short supply and prioritised for other aircraft, the He 162 was nevertheless the fastest of the first generation of Axis and Allied jets.

The Heinkel He 162 Volksjaeger (German, "People's Fighter"), the name of the project of the Emergency Fighter Program design competition, was a German single-engine, jet-powered fighter aircraft fielded by the Luftwaffe in World War II. Designed and built quickly, and made primarily of wood as metals were in very short supply and prioritised for other aircraft, the He 162 was nevertheless the fastest of the first generation of Axis and Allied jets.

Horten Ho 229 was a German prototype fighter/bomber designed by Reimar and Walter Horten and built by Gothaer Waggonfabrik late in World War II. It was the first pure flying wing powered by a jet engine.

Horten Ho 229 was a German prototype fighter/bomber designed by Reimar and Walter Horten and built by Gothaer Waggonfabrik late in World War II. It was the first pure flying wing powered by a jet engine.

The Heinkel He 162 "Salamander" jet-powered fighter. It arose from a desperate "Emergency Fighter Program" design competition. It fought in 1945 but, no matter how advanced their weapon systems, the war had the Germans fighting against most of Europe and both the USA and the Soviet Union. It had a predetermined outcome. Realistically they never had chance, a matter of simple logistics and numbers.

The Heinkel He 162 "Salamander" jet-powered fighter. It arose from a desperate "Emergency Fighter Program" design competition. It fought in 1945 but, no matter how advanced their weapon systems, the war had the Germans fighting against most of Europe and both the USA and the Soviet Union. It had a predetermined outcome. Realistically they never had chance, a matter of simple logistics and numbers.

Heinkel He 162 prototype profiles looking surprisingly similar to the much-later Fairchild-Republic A-10 Warthog.

Heinkel He 162 prototype profiles looking surprisingly similar to the much-later Fairchild-Republic A-10 Warthog.

Only surviving, restored Horten Ho 229 at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center before final touches and painting.

Only surviving, restored Horten Ho 229 at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center before final touches and painting.

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