Messerschmitt Me 262 Replica For Sale

Manfred Pflumm and the International Flugmuseum: A Legacy of Aviation History

The remarkable full-scale Me 262 replica built by Manfred Pflumm. [Photo by Norbert Steinwedel]
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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 norb841@gmail.com.

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

[Photo by Norbert Steinwedel]
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41 Comments

  1. I wonder if this is the same guy who built the 262 replicas at Tech Museum Speyer in Germany? Super realistic work.

  2. Airworthy!? Look at the nosewheel for starters. A couple of mild steel tubes screwed together.

  3. It’s disgraceful that the Germans are turning their back on their history just to Virtue signal and they get rid of this great example because of what’s on the tail or who it represented

    • What the fick? The Germans (Messerschmitt Foundation) have a flying one. This is an oversized toy model. Plus there are real ones in German museums. Are you even for real?

    • Jim,
      Good point…. this history existed …. It’s sad in our school’s IT IS NOT TAUGHT… in any way way shape or form …. !!

    • First of all, it’s in New Mexico, not Germany and nowhere in the article does it say it’s being sold because of what’s on the tail or who it represented, so climb down off your high horse, tone down the self-righteous indignation, take a deep breath, and count to 1000. Hopefully, you’ll pass out for a while and will hit your head when you fall and knock some sense into it.

  4. Actually, the Me262 was the second jet fighter “in service”, the first being the Gloster Meteor, the 262 flew first and saw action first, it even got a kill first, but all of this was during its test period before it was put into active service, the Meteor beat it to being declared “in active service”.

    • So many people are convinced that Germany flew the “first fighter jet”. The Meteor was developed to counter the German V1 flying bombs, primitive cruise missiles that outpaced the prop-driven fighters in British service.It is, however, generally accepted that the Meteor would have fared poorly head-to-head with the 262.

  5. My father was in the Hitler youth and guarded an air base at night with these there…they were in awe at the new wonder weapon

  6. It would be awesome, to own a static replica of a Me-262! I would pair it up with another World War II jet: the Heinkel He-162. That’s another cool looking plane.

    I love building plastic model aircraft in 1/48 scale. I have 54 planes, from 1939 to present waiting to be built and displayed.

    • I am a radio control pilot and a member of my club has a scale version of the Me-262 with miniture turbine engines. When he dares to fly it, it’s a real treat

  7. Can it be modified to fly? Like the 3 or 4 replicas that were made in the USA in the 90s and that still fly today?

  8. Gents, not to cause a ruckus; but I believe the first quasi-military jet in flight was the Caproni Campini N.1 in early 1940

  9. Avia C-92 (Messerschmitt Me 262 of Czech construction)

    The most exact and closest replicas of a Messerschmitt Me 262A were built in Czechoslovakia with manufacturing components and spare parts for the fuselages and jet engines: the Avia C-92 and CS-92

    The Czechoslovak aircraft industry continued to produce single-seat (Avia S-92) and two-seat (Avia CS-92) variants of the Me 262 after World War II. Since August 1946, a total of nine S-92s and three two-seat CS-92s have been completed and flight tested. They were introduced in 1947 and in 1950 they were supplied to the 5th Fighter Squadron, becoming the first fighter aircraft to serve in the Czechoslovak Air Force. These remained in flight until 1951, when they were replaced in service by Soviet fighter aircraft. Both versions are on display at the Prague Aviation Museum in Kbely.

    Postwar variants
    -Avia S-92
    Czech-made Me 262 A-1a (fighter)
    -Avia CS-92
    Czech-made Me 262 B-1a (combat trainer, two seats)

  10. My vote for a companion to the 262 would be the Arado 234. I thought I remembered a variant that mounted two additional chin engines, below and aft of the cockpit, but could find no pictures of such. As long as we’re dreaming, I’ll take a FW-200 Condor, thank you.

  11. The Museum of Flight (Seattle) is not interested? Paul Allen’s got a REAL one – this would be an amazing complement to it….

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