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The Horten Brothers and Their All-Wing Aircraft: (Schiffer Military Aviation History (Hardcover)) Hardcover – November 1, 1997
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The weak point of the Schiffer organization is that they don't seem to edit their books. Printing the same photo twice is one result. Another is that the most important single fact in the book--the day the Hortens first flew an all-wing aircraft--appears to be wrong by a year.
Never mind! We won't get a better treatment of these German geniuses (well, one genius anyhow, and one brave test pilot) who created aircraft that were 50 years ahead of their time. When the Americans occupied Germany in May 1945, they found a Horten all-wing fighter-bomber on the assembly line, all but ready for combat. In theory, it would have been capable of Goering's dictat that any new warplane must meet a 1,000 X 3 performance envelope: carry 1000 kg of bombs 1000 km at a speed of 1000 km/ph. If the war had gone on a few more months, the Allies might have encountered a surprise as nasty as the Messerschmitt jet and rocket-powered interceptors.
There was even a plan on the drawing board for a Horten "Amerika Bomber" capable of carting a non-explosive atomic bomb to New York. (The Germans, unable to achieve a chain reaction, figured that radioactive debris would serve as well to destroy a city.)
For the serious collector.
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