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There are people building and flying new Messerschmitt ME-262s. Looks like it would be a fun little airplane, albeit a little pricy to operate.

Posted by Rand Simberg at May 28, 2005 11:36 AM
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A very cool project. I've been watching these guys for a while.

Posted by Andrew at May 28, 2005 12:16 PM

"Hitler's on the phone from Berlin, said Willie's done quite a job.......

.....ME-262 Prince of Turbojets, Junkers-Jumo 004.......

......Mush the Englishmen live that I might die?....."

Bonus to anyone who knows where that came from.

Posted by Mike Puckett at May 28, 2005 01:11 PM

Just the thing for the next time Fantasy of Flight in Polk City has their mustang fly-in.

Posted by Bruce at May 28, 2005 04:28 PM

"see those English planes go boom..."

"On your feet, or on your knees, its the Blue Oyster Cult"

Posted by Kurt at May 29, 2005 11:39 AM

You got it Kurt.

Posted by Mike Puckett at May 29, 2005 05:19 PM

When I was in high school, I bought "On you feet or on your knees" in cassette form about 2 months before mount St. Helens blew. The day it blew, I went over to this bluff overlooking a valley in the direction that they ash came in on. I played this album on my boom box, smoked a joint, and watched the sky grow darker and darker until it became completely black. It was a very surrealistic "end of the world" experience. I thought that music was appropriate to the experience

This is my best memory of that blue oyster cult album.

Posted by Kurt at May 29, 2005 07:34 PM

"On you feet or on your knees"

A live album IIRC. The track ME 262 is originally on "Secret Treaties" which is notable for my favorite BOC track "Harvester of Eyes". "Cagey Cretins" is a riot if you pay attantion to the lyrics.

Posted by Mike Puckett at May 29, 2005 08:13 PM

"Havester of Eyes" is a good track. My favorite is "Seven Screaming Disbusters" and "Buck's Boogie". The whole album "On your feet" is very good.

Posted by Kurt at May 30, 2005 10:49 AM

> Looks like it would be a fun little airplane, albeit a little pricy to operate.

The replicas use modern business jet, so operating costs should be acceptable for anyone who can afford to buy one.

Best for short pilots, though. When I sat in the cockpit and put my feet on the rudder pedals, I felt like my knees were on my chest.

Posted by Edward Wright at May 30, 2005 12:23 PM

mike Blue Oyster Cult...

I was glad to read they didn't decide the remanufacture the engines bolt for bolt...I want a ride.

Posted by JJS at May 31, 2005 11:41 AM

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