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Messerschmitt

Messerschmitt was a major producer of aircraft for Nazi Germany before and during World War II. Named for its chief engineer, Willy Messerschmitt, the company manufactured the famous Me-109 fighter that dominated the skies above Europe during the early days of World War II and opposed the Spitfires and Hurricanes of the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain. Messerschmitt also produced the world’s first operational jet fighter, the Me-262 Schwalbe, or Swallow. The company survived World War II and is now a subsidiary of Deutsche Aerospace.

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