The Horten HO 229 is Not an Early Stealth Plane

As the Second World War progressed, the Nazi Germany came up with numbers of inventive ways to bludgeon its enemies. Much to the delight of the Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, the Wunderwaffe (Miracle Weapon) program, known to the west as the Wonder Weapons churned out some of the most ingenious hardware of World War II. To the eyes of the modern observers, futuristic is one way to describe it. The machines meant to dominate the air, land and sea were years ahead of its time. This included the notorious V-weapons program, where ballistic missiles and unmanned flying bombs devastated London and Antwerp, and a collection of exotic vehicles. And as the tide of war turned against the Nazi Germany, the program proved to be an important propaganda tool for convincing the public that a new game changing weapon is on the way.

One might wonder if the Nazi Germany could have won, if the Wunderwaffe program was implemented earlier. The answer is no. Though impressive, the technology used was still in its early days. They were unreliable and expensive. Development ate a lot of precious time, with the Reich wasting a lot of money in testing and evaluation. Hitler should just focus on making more conventional weapons of war, not draining the limited resources in amazing, but unproven projects. In fact, a friend joked that the people who benefitted the most from the Wonder Weapons program were the Allies. With captured technology and scientists, they now had the means to spearhead their own program, which was still evident today with some modern weapons resembling the World War II Nazi Wonder Weapons (not to mention the space exploration).

And among Hitler’s many toy collections was a strange aircraft design that tickled the minds of curious modern-day observers.

The Horten HO 229
The Horten Brothers.

Even by today’s standards, the Horten HO-229 looks unconventional. In fact, to the uninitiated, they might mistake the aircraft for a top-secret futuristic fighter. People’s impressions of