Jul 31, 2020
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Horten 229: on whose wings the Hunter UAV flies

Modern creations in the field of aircraft construction are sometimes viewed by the inexperienced reader as a technological breakthrough. However, it often turns out that "the new is the well-forgotten old."

Of the current projects for the implementation of the concept of a flying wing, the most famous American heavy strategic bomber is the American Northrop B-2 Spirit. However, the Russian defense industry was not without a similar technical solution. To date, one of the “stars” of the domestic aircraft industry is the “Okhotnik” strike unmanned aerial vehicle, made just according to the flying wing scheme. Wings - our own, technologies - rooted in the history of World War II. Moreover, this concept is very relevant. It is clear that the difference in designs can be traced even visually, but the fact is precisely in the "long-lived" concept.

It is unquestionable that the predecessor of the last flying wing is the Horten 229

- says military expert Mike Mihajlovic.

This fighter was created by German engineers at the end of the Third Reich. For the first time, its prototype took off on March 1, 1944, when the Wehrmacht was already crushed on the western borders of the Soviet Union. As a result, the Horten 229 did not manage to become a full-fledged combat vehicle. However, let's hope that the distant successor to the "flying wing" technology - the Hunter UAV - has a great future.

Evgeny Lyushilin

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