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The Horten Ho 229 (often called Gotha Go 229 due to the identity of the chosen manufacturer of the aircraft) was a late–World War II prototype fighter/bomber designed by Reimar and Walter Horten and built by Gothaer Waggonfabrik. It was the first pure flying wing powered by a jet engine.
In recent years it has become commonplace to describe this design as the first aircraft to incorporate what is now known as stealth technology. The aircraft was not designed as a stealth aircraft, however elements of its design did give it limited protection against crude radar. The primary aim of the Horten brothers was to create an aircraft that eliminated as much parasitic drag as possible, thus employing a shallow flying wing design. This relied heavily on experience gained with tailless gliders tested since the mid-1930s.
Battlefield 1942[edit | edit source]
The HO-229 appears in the Secret Weapons of WWII expansion as the German experimental jet aircraft, as a counterpart to the Allied AW-52. It is fast and maneuverable, and ideal for assaulting enemy aircraft and armor. Its armament includes dual-mounted machineguns (600 rounds total) and unguided rockets, which can be fired two at a time. The rockets do a lot of damage and are very accurate.