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Messerschmitt Me 262B in Detail

Undercarriage and interior details

n Photos by Graeme Adamson and Charles Hugo
Text by Martin Waligorski


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Main undercarriage unit seen from the front.
 

Photo: Charles Hugo
 


This photo showing the main wheel well gives some idea about its internal structure and the electrical wiring present there.
 

Photo: Graeme Adamson
 


More detail of the main wheel well, this time looking towards the main leg pivot point with hydraulic retraction jack visible to the right.
 

Photo: Graeme Adamson
 


Close-up of the front undercarriage leg.
 

Photo: Graeme Adamson
 


...and the rear part of the forward wheel well.
 

Photo: Graeme Adamson
 


The forward cockpit of the Johannesburg aircraft is in almost-original condition including all the wear accumulated during the years of service and display. The leather seat cushion is original, as are the seat belts.
 

Photo: Graeme Adamson
 


Port side of the cockpit with a few missing switches, and the control stick.
 

Photo: Charles Hugo


Instrument panel in almost pristine condition!
 

Photo: Charles Hugo
 


The rear seat is also there, followed by a massive fuel filler cap on the rear decking marked with the usual yellow triangle.
 

Photo: Graeme Adamson
 


Unfortunately the radar electronics disappeared from the aircraft early during its career. Presumably the radar was removed already before the flight trials in the UK to be tested separately. What's left is the rack in front of the rear cockpit which used to hold the FuG218 receiver and its CRT display. 
 

Photo: Graeme Adamson
 

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