In 1938 design work first began on the Messerschmitt Me 262 and the first tail wheeled prototype flew on April 4, 1941 / April 18, 1941. It had a nose mounted Junkers Jumo 210 piston engine.
A Junkers Jumo 211 was installed and it was flown in 1940.
On November 25, 1941, the first jet aircraft with BMW 003 turbojets that produced 1,000 lbs of thrust. The piston engine was still installed and was needed on the 1st flight as the jets failed just before liftoff.
In addition to Hitler's insistence on making the Me 262 into a fighter-bomber there were problems with the engines.
The canopy of the Messerschmitt Me 262 was well received as it allowed for excellent visibilty.
Every 10 hours the turbojets needed extensive maintenance and were worn out by 25 hours of flight time.
The Messerschmitt Me 262's fuselage was an all metal monocoque construction.
The wings were all metal construction and had a slight sweep back on the leading edge.
Initially the Me 262 prototypes had conventional landing gear but tricycle gear was eventually installed.
The Me 262's tail was all metal construction.
The bomber models had a glazed nose in which a bombardier laid down in.