Howard Huges wanted to race a Me 262 against the P-80 (the US 2nd jet fighter, that flown for the first time more than 1 1/2 years after the 262), and use it to establish several speed records, but the US did not want an “enemy” plane breaking any records (and therefore proving to be superior to the US counterpart)
His 262 was perfectly finished, better than the ones used by the Luftwaffe, that were produced and finished in a hurry. Those were able to reach ~870 Km/h. His might have been able to reach almost 1000 Km/h, close to the structural limits of the aircraft.
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