Me 262B-1a/U1 Saxonwold
Everyone calls it a Me262 Nightfighter, but it is actually an Me 262B-1a/U1. Werksnummer 110305.”Red 8″ is the only survivor of her type in the world, even though a couple were captured and many of them flown by the allies for evaluation purposes (and who knows, maybe just for fun). Why not a Bf 262 like the Bf 109 or Bf 110 you might ask. The company changed its name from from Bayerische Flugzeugwerke to Messerschmitt AG in July 1938, by which time the types 109 and 110 were already named by the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM). The 262 design only came about later.
I took these photos of Red 8 at Saxonwold in Johannesburg on 2013/2014. It was really amazing to standing alongside this very