The Collings Foundation is offering Unusual Attitude / Upset Training and
Type Ratings in one of the most historically important and iconic jet aircraft
- the Messerschmitt Me 262.
60 years after the birth of the Me 262, the influence of this revolutionary jet can still be seen in contemporary aircraft. Swept wings, automatic slats, modular
construction is all examples of technology introduced through the Me 262. More than any aircraft of its day, the 262 was a fighter of absolutely unrivaled potential. Thankfully, full production of the Me 262 did not start until 1944, too late to affect the outcome of WWII.
A very limited production run of the aircraft was recreated to exacting standards from an original Me 262 trainer. Currently, there are only three Me 262 replicas flying: two in the United States and one in Germany. The new Me 262 “White 1” carries a continuation of the original work numbers assigned with updated engines and safety equipment. Me 262 Work Number 501241 was a project started by Texas Aircraft Factory Inc. in conjunction with Classic Fighter Industries Inc. in 1993. The project was transferred to the Me 262 Project in Everett, WA and then completed at Sanders Aeronautics in Ione, California. “White 1” first flew on December 20th, 2002. FAA Phase 1 flight test requirements were completed in 2012. For the first time in history, the Collings Foundation is offering Unusual Attitude \ Upset Training and Type Rating in the Me 262 “White 1.” Certain prerequisites exist for the flights.
Unusual Attitude / Upset Training Flight
Cost: $4,500. Includes an approximate 40-minute flight in the Me 262 “White 1.”
Minimum Requirements: Pilots license and current medical certificate.
Description: Start with introduction of aircraft performance and limitations, cockpit layout,
configuration, drills, in-flight and ground egress, then sortie brief. Continue to preflight inspection,
engine start and take off. While in flight, trainee will experience a variety of flight maneuvers. These
include high-speed performance characteristics, constant altitude turns and recoveries.
Me 262 Type Rating
Cost: Billed at $3000 per flight hour plus fuel. Type rating based on nine flights, but can be
accomplished in less, dependent on pilot competency.
Requirements: Must posses at least a United States Private Pilot certificate with Multi Engine Land
Rating, 3rd class medical certificate, have logged a minimum of 1,000 hours pilot flight time including 500 hours as PIC in aircraft category (multi engine).
Description: Minimum 4 dual flights, covering all activities through flight training. Student must demonstrate the ability to perform basic flight operations, emergency procedures, and the
proficiency necessary to complete maneuver required to meet the ATP/AEA/PTS. Successful completion of the course prepares the student for the FAA AEA/Type Rating check ride. Check ride can be scheduled with advanced notice.
Unusual Attitude / Upset Training flights can be offered at most airports where the Me 262 is scheduled to appear. Type rating training is offered at the Foundation’s Houston facility located at Ellington Field or at
Inquire with the Wings of Freedom tour crew or call the Foundation headquarters
at 800-568-8924 with questions or reservations.