Nazi Stealth Aircraft?

In history class some of my schoolmates said the Nazis invented the world's first stealth fighter. I thought that was the United States. Is it true that the Nazi Stealth Aircraft is in fact the first stealth fighter ever made?

asked by Guest in History | 2192 views | 08-03-2009 at 01:56 AM

It's true, the nazis were first.

In the early 1940s, an innovative aircraft design by two German brothers caught the attention of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, which began a secret construction project.

The Horten 229 (named for its designers, Walter and Reimar Horten) was a jet-powered fighter aircraft with a smooth contour in the shape of a flying wing.

That shape is now known to be more difficult for radar to detect than traditional configurations.

The Horten 229 was briefly flight tested but could not be deployed before the end of the war.

answered by Edu | 08-03-2009 at 01:58 AM

Called the Horten 229, the radical "flying wing" fighter-bomber looked and acted a lot like the U.S. Air Force's current B-2 right down to the "stealth" radar-evading characteristics.

Fortunately for the world, the Ho 229 wasn't put into mass production before Nazi Germany surrendered in May 1945.

In the final months of World War II, American troops discovered a top-secret facility in Germany with an advanced batwing-shaped jet fighter. If Nazi engineers had had more time, this jet may have ultimately changed the outcome of the war.

answered by Andy2 | 08-03-2009 at 02:01 AM

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