Messerschmitt ME-262 Schwalbe (Swallow). The worlds' first production jet aircraft produced by Germany near the end of World War II. Also one of the first fighters to feature tricycle gear. Originally designed as a tail dragger, it was unable to take off due to blast on the rear flaps.
Once in a while, you hear an old war story that restores your faith in humanity. A new book explores the incredible encounter of two WWII pilots in mid-air -- a rookie American on his first bombing mission, piloting a crippled aircraft that was missing an engine and a German flying ace who not only saluted, then spared the rookie, but escorted him out of enemy airspace.