Wild Wing "What If" by steelrazer ()
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What if? The never fully realized Horten Ho-229 was a very interesting jet powered flying wing aircraft design intended for the Luftwaffe late in war. If the Me-262 "Schwalbe" jet fighter was a shock for Allied pilots, the sight of these elegant yet malicious looking fighters would have caused a great deal of consternation. Discounting the symbols on its wings, I've always thought that this would have been an interesting aircraft to insert into the fray. The un-assembled parts were swiftly appropriated by the US Army and shipped to other locations to be scrutinized by the victors.
Ho-229A: Beautiful model generously free at sharecg by hypnogogia with some texture tweaks down in the secret caverns.
Pilot figure: ApolloMax (free) and adh3d's USAAF Pilot Gear here at rendo
Various Kriegsmarine ships with Graf Zeppelin from Neiwil on sharecg also
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Excellent photo, er, render!
There are a lot of "what if"s in history. My bet is that after shooting down or capturing the first one, the US and UK would have been hot on the trail to make a better copy of it as a counter measure. The UK had a functional jet at the end of WWII, and the US also. So keeping the technology top secret was only a question of time before opponents had acquired it.
Glad to see you're still around despite the "revolution". Keep up the good work!
The Ho-229 was also the first stealth aircraft to fly; it was designed to be harder to detect than other planes using the British "Chain Home" radar and was moderately successful in this aim. Without supercomputers they achieved a 37% reduction in detection range, which may not sound like much but given how fast the plane was it would have made it impossible to intercept with any allied aircraft of the day. Fortunately only three ever flew. One survives in a museum in the US somewhere.