Arado ar234 b blitz
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The Arado was the world's first operational jet bombers and reconnaissance aircraft.
The plane had a top speed of 459 miles an hour and was able to easily elude the piston engined planes of the Allies at the end of WW2. This example was captured by British forces in Norway and turned over to the US. In 1949 it was placed in the care of the Smithsonian, which restored it between 1984-89. AR234 B is the sole survivor of its type and is on display now at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Centre in the US (https://airandspace.si.edu)
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