Originally Posted by T. A. Gardner
It's back to just speed. The Me 262 can't even do anything close to a radical maneuver. I'd say it cannot even use its full maneuverability potential because of the engines.
If a 262 pilot pitches up to quickly or rolls hard into a turn it is likely to cause a compressor stall on one or both engines. That is a bad thing in a dogfight.
Erm.. Got any source on this ? Otherwise I'm going to have to call BS on that one mate, prime reason being that it goes against every report available on the aircraft, plus it makes zero sense. Compiling the facts & opinions expressed in every US, British & German manual or report on the aircraft and not once are issues with compressor stalls due to hard maneuvering mentioned anywhere, and frankly I cannot myself figure out why that would ever happen either.
No, what is mentioned on the other hand is that the Jumo 004's were sensitive to aggressive throttle control, with rapid changes in power being capable of causing a compressor stall, not how the aircraft was thrown around, something which is rather well known to those familiar with the aircrafts' history.
As for the versus debate, I'd argue that both aircraft, Me262 & Meteor, were fairly close in terms of maneuverability. The Meteor did have a lower wing loading, but the Me262 benefitted from full span slats that increased the lift produced by the wings considerably, and its' controls also remained light and balanced at very high speeds where the Meteor had issues.
Also the climb rate of the Me262 was 3.900 ft/min at its max permissable weight of 7,130 kg, whilst the usual clean combat weight was a good deal lower at 6400 kg, at which weight the rate of climb was atleast a good 5,500+ ft/min. No Meteor that saw service during the war managed such a performance.
So the Me262 definitely has the edge in this versus contest.