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The Horten 229

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The Smithsonian Museum is restoring a Horten 229.The Horten 229 was a single seat jet fighter designed by the Horten brothers, Walter and Reimar, for the German Luftwaffe in World War Two. Three prototypes were built. The Ho IX V1 was an non-powered glider. The Ho IX V2 was a jet powered version and first flown on 2 February, 1945.

Ho IX V3 was to be the production version and was captured by American forces. Designated the H0-229 it is the only remaining airframe in existence. It is this aircraft that the Smithsonian is restoring.

When completed, the Ho-229 will look something like this:

The aircraft pictured above is a REPLICA of a Ho-229, built by the Northrop Corporation.

More info and pictures here.

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  • Duarte Fernandes Pinto June 16, 2010, 01:37

    What a great blog for people who love aviation!!! Congratulations!!!
    Please visit a portuguese blog which shows aerial pictures from Portugal taken during my flights in Cessna, Piper, etc…:
    Third Dimension – Aerial Photography from Portugal
    Thanks a lot

  • Caleb July 7, 2010, 06:37

    What? The Germans were building a bat-plane? Nuts!

    How close were they to completing it? How would it have compared to our jets at the end of WWII?

  • Maddog September 17, 2010, 23:53

    They had prototypes flying.

  • Daniel September 23, 2011, 00:14

    This is such an exiting project.
    How is it going?
    Can You post some pictures?

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