Item description for Horten Ho 229 Spirit of Thuringia: The Horten All-Wing Jet Fighter by Andrei Shepelev & Huib Ottens...
The Horten Ho 229, one of the Luftwaffe's legendary secret projects or so-called 'wonder weapons', was one of the most enigmatic aircraft designs to emerge from World War II. In some ways a precursor to the 'stealth' concept, it was clearly ahead of its time when compared to its contemporaries. The Ho 229 was planned as the first of the next generation of German jet fighters to follow on from the Messerschmitt Me262, with the intention to create a high-speed cannon-equipped fighter-bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. Development involved design bureaus such as Goering, Galland, and Lippish, and flight testing began in December 1944. This book covers the Ho 229's development and operational record in detail and includes specially commissioned photographs of a surviving prototype, J3. The authors are both acknowledged experts on Horton aircraft.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 9" Height: 12.25" Weight: 1.95 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher Classic Publications
ISBN 1903223660 ISBN13 9781903223666
Reviews - What do customers think about Horten Ho 229 Spirit of Thuringia: The Horten All-Wing Jet Fighter?
Best book on the topic! Mar 8, 2008
This is the best book on the HO229 from the technical perspective. I like the detailled technical drawings. You could almost start building a Ho229 using these!
Horten Ho 229 Spirit of Thuringia: The Horten All-Wing Jet Fighter Feb 25, 2008
Shepelev & Ottens make great attempt at making a lot from very little actual information,interviews with people who where there, great photos, excellent diagrams but the brothers Horten remain an enigma.
I've waited for this book Jan 10, 2008
I've been in love with the Horten 229 since the first time I saw a picture of it. This book is packed with photos and technical drawings. It covers the whole development of the plane. Recommended!
Pack ed with photos and drawings Jan 1, 2008
... and just the right amount of writing - this book has got the mix right. Researching this little known family of aircraft that must have taken the writers years to research, and not to be content with that, the authors uncovered the Dunne D.5, a British WW1 era tailless swept wing biplane -in the introduction ... an even more obscure aircraft. No mention of the Northrop wings in there, so this is history of European flying wings. The main driver was for drag reduction and maximising the range of the aircraft not stealth. If you like unusual aircraft you should buy this.
Amazing pictures and detailed information Jun 10, 2007
I've been fascinated since I saw the first pictures of the Horten jet powered, wooden, flying wing from the Smithsonian collection. The stories I heard was that this was a deliberate attempt on the German's part to build a 'stealth' fighter way back at the end of the Second World War. But there has been very little published about the plane. Therefore I was delighted to find this book that covers this plane in great detail.
Clearly the plane was far ahead of its time, indeed, its design looks so much like the canceled A-12 from McDonnell Douglas/General Dynamics that it's uncanny.
In reading the book, the authors make it clear that the Horten brothers were thinking of aerodynamics and scarcity of materials rather than stealth when they designed the plane. The book points out that the wooden skin of the plane would basically have been invisible to radar, but the metal frame underneath the wood would still reflect radar waves. Designers simply didn't know enough about radar at the time.
The modern American flying wings such as the B-2 bomber are stable only because of sophisticated computer controls. The book reports similar problems with the Horten plane. This might well have prevented its use for its intended use as a fighter, but we'll never know.
The authors have collected an amazing amount of information and a large number of photographs that I don't believe have been published before.