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Coupled with jet engines, this aircraft more than compensated for the low-speed maneuverability liability of rear sweptwing aircraft.
This never panned out for Heinkel, (17) but Messerschmitt was able to couple the jets with a rear sweptwing design that became the Me 262, the world's first jet fighter.
The Germans were the first to design and use jet engine aircraft, metal aircraft, instrument navigation, sweptwing technology, and advanced testing through wind tunnels.
Many of their innovations--such as canards, boundary layer control, sweptwings, variable wings, jet engines, and more--are widely used today and accepted as industry standards.
The concept of the OAW was originated by the father of the sweptwing, the late National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) engineer R.