Thanks to some articles and a NatGeo documentary boiling over with a severe case of confirmation bias, far too many want to believe that the Ho-229 was designed as a "stealth fighter".... just like those who blindly believe the myth that a flying wing requires computers to fly.Radar cross setion!
Thanks to some articles and a NatGeo documentary boiling over with a severe case of confirmation bias, far too many want to believe that the Ho-229 was designed as a "stealth fighter".... just like those who blindly believe the myth that a flying wing requires computers to fly.
In the words of Judge Judy: "Just a second!"
The context for radar evasion did not even exist at the time those aircraft were developed, as radar was still an emerging technology. So no, these aircraft were not designed without vertical surfaces for radar evasion; it was intended to reduce drag and increase effeciency. It was during the YB-49's testing when it was serendipitously discovered that radar had a difficult time picking up the aircraft at certain angles relative to the radar station. But this was only part of the solution.
It was not until 1964, when Pyotr Ufimtsev, the chief scientist of the Moscow Institute for Radio Engineering, published a seminal paper titled Method of Edge Waves in the Physical Theory of Diffraction, that opened the door for an aircraft to be designed with passive radar evasion in mind. This led directly to the Hopeless Diamond-Have Blue XST proof of concept demonstrators.
In my youth, I wanted to believe the Ho-229 stealth fighter narrative as well, but intensive studies of all-wing aircraft while in engineering/graduate school and many years of industry experience steered me to the correct narrative.
Call me overtly partial to the original design methodology of the Horten birds of years gone by, but it's a consequence of being a blood relative!
All this said, it would be so neat to resurrect the Ho-229 & truly explore the potential it had! I know there is a group out there building one, and I wish them all the luck in the world!
Both Great Britain and Germany had Radar at the start of the war, although they called it something else, the term "radar" being crated by the US Navy......They also were aware of rumours, that the English may have some kind of Radio-Searcher, but no one had any details. .....
I wish I lived closer to the NASM, so I could lend assistance to its restoration! That being said, I was a guest of the docents a little over a year ago and had a chance to spend some quality time with the 229 after hours to study the centerbody and wings up close. Such a neat bird!!IIRC the Smithsonian is rebuilding a 229, with considerable volunteer assistance.
As far as it being a "stealth fighter", it is common for people to look at things in the past in the light of what we now have.