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Thursday, February 22, 2007

German flying wings

I was watching a piece on the History Channel which was shpwing the development of the B-2 stealth bomber and the history of the flying wing design. It was interesting that at the same time, both of the Horton brothers and Jack Northrop were working on what was to become the future of stealth aricraft. The HO 229 was an aircraft that was definitely way ahead of it's time. Part of their idea for using low observables in the design of the HO-229 came from the DeHavilland Mosquito fighter-bomber, which was also made out of wood and had a very low radar signature. The Hortons, however, had the very unique idea of burying the engines in the wings. This was overall a very cool design. They showed what the future of aircraft could possibly be.


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