Germany’s WWII Flying Wing Jet

Too late into WWII to do any good, Germany began production on a prototype flying wing jet, the Horten Ho 229(also called the Go 229) by other sources. The shape of the late WWII jet is remarkably similar to some modern stealth fighters in the modern U.S. Air Force.  Only three of the flying wing jet fighter planes were actually built by the Germans, with the first prototype flown and tested on March 1, 1944. The same designer, Walter Horten also had some plans to build a flying wing bomber as well, but it never got beyond drawings. The jet had many advantages over the earlier use of the Messerschmitt ME 163 Komet which was a rocket powered interceptor aircraft which managed to down 16 Allied aircraft with 10 losses of Komets in return. Late in the war, heavy Allied bombing had hurt Germany’s ability to develop jet aircraft which was faster than Allied propeller aircraft, but some late experiments like the Horten Ho 229 might have given the Germans more air superiority if they would have introduced these jets earlier into the war. Fortunately, a number of events including strategic errors such as invading the Soviet Union, and other errors only helped to cost Germany the war, and Allied bombing missions only help to reduce the amount of fresh equipment as Germany began to see manpower losses late in the war as well, and the curtain come down on efforts of Germany to conquer the world. 

Revell and some other military model makers did offer some model kits of the prototype jet, which was a remarkable design for something built in the 1940’s, and a true aviation marvel for it’s time.

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