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At the end of WWII in 1945, von Braun and hundreds of other German rocket experts surrendered to the Americans. They were sent to Fort Bliss, Texas, to develop rocket technology for U.S. Army research. While von Braun and his team continued to work on the V-2 rocket at Fort Bliss, von Braun dreamed about developing a rocket that could travel to other planets.
In studying the origins of interest in electric propulsion, Stuhlinger learned that the American rocket pioneer, Dr. Robert Goddard, had examined the subject as early as 1906. Goddard had mentioned the possibility of accelerating electrically charged particles to very high velocities without the need for high temperatures.
originally posted by: strongfp
Sometimes, I have to re assure myself that Nazi's were actually real.
I mean look at that thing, looks like something straight out of science fiction.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Soloprotocol
There's a lot of debate as to who truly flew the first flying wing. It's an interesting topic and fun debate.
originally posted by: stuthealien
i love this plane to me it looks like the american stealth bomber,
funny that the germans jumped at least 60 years ahead of the rest of the world
in fact the only reason your in space is because of the germans and i would go further and state all america's
missiles stem from german tech.
they went from bayonets to rockets in a very small space of time..
The Nazi Flying Wing seen in the film was not a real plane. Raiders production designer Norman Reynolds designed the plane for the film, based on historical Northrop Corporation designs and drawings by Ron Cobb of the Horten Ho-2-29. It also resembles the Lippisch Li-P.04-106, a concept fighter studied by Germany toward the end of World War II.
The Flying Wing was built by Vickers, and was painted in London at EMI Elstree Studios. In order to ship the unwieldy prop to Tunisia, it had to be disassembled and sent piecemeal before being reconstructed on location.