Awesome! Is this one of the operational reproductions built in Everett, Washington? I heard that they built five of them for use as museum pieces. A beautiful plane that helped to usher in the jet age.
TOO BAD ARE DAMNED HIGH-UPS DIDN'T MAKE GOOD USE OF IT ;IKE THE COMMIES DID!!! WE KEPT MAKING STRAIT-WIN AIRCRAFT TILL WE FINALLY CAME OUT WITH THE SABRE!!! THAT'S WHY I'VE HATED "HIGHER-UPS" CAUSE THEY ALWAYS THINK THEY KNOW MORE THAN THE "AVERAGE JOW" WELL JIMMY DOOLITE, EDDIE RICHKENBACKER, CHUCK YEAGER, BUD ANDERSON, BILLY MITCHELL, ETC BUST HIGH UPS ASS AND MADE EM LOOK LIKE THE PUSSIES THEY ARE!!!!
To me, the ME-262 "Swallow" is the only true jet fighter in the world, all others are just cheap pretenders.
I hadn't seen anything on these beauties since the gear collapse issue a number of years ago. If I remember correctly the entire project started out as the "Texas-262" but ran into enormous legal problems.
The 'Texas-262' was the name I spotted in an aviation magazine back about 1985. The build was somewhere near San Antonio and the company was owned by several retired Air Force Generals. Ran into all sorts of legal issues and basically just disappeared. Next I knew was a few years back when there was a taxi test (I think) gear collapse at Paine Field. The article hinted that these were the Texans being finished 'on the lamb' in Washington. One way or the other, just the story of getting them in the air makes for a good spy novel.