A rare opportunity has arisen to purchase a full-scale replica of the Messerschmitt Me 262, the first operational jet-powered fighter.

The aircraft in question was built in Germany by Manfred Pflumm, the owner of the International Flugmuseum in Schwenningen. With a passion for aviation and a keen eye for detail, Pflumm dedicated many years to restoring and rebuilding airplanes for various museums. His ultimate dream was to establish his own museum and surround himself with his meticulously crafted 1:1 scale models.

Manfred Pflumm spent many hours crafting this unique replica. [Photo by Norbert Steinwedel]

On May 28th, 1988 Pflumm’s dream came to fruition with the grand opening of the International Aviation Museum. The museum’s debut featured an impressive array of exhibits built by Pflumm himself, complemented by a collection of numerous military aircraft. One of the standout exhibits was a 1:1 scale model of the Messerschmitt Me 262.

Factory and Luftwaffe stencils have been faithfully reproduced on the replica. [Photo by Norbert Steinwedel]

The Me 262 is marked with the original insignia of the Me 262A-1A, Werknummer 111924, from the 1.Staffel Jagdgeschwader JG7, designated as Weisse 7. This faithful recreation showcases the dedication and craftsmanship of Manfred Pflumm, paying homage to a significant piece of aviation history.

Few details escaped Pflumm’s attention when building this replica, including the pilot’s hand/foothold. [Photo by Norbert Steinwedel]

Today, this remarkable aircraft is located in Las Cruces, NM where it has continued to inspire and educate aviation enthusiasts and historians alike. However the time has come for the Me 262 to find a new home and it is offered for sale by Norbert Steinwedel. He can be reached by phone by (U.S.) 704-562-3751 and by email at [email protected].

For more information about the International Flugmuseum you can visit their website HERE.

[Photo by Norbert Steinwedel]