posted on Jun, 26 2009 @ 05:35 PM
I don't know why most are wetting themselves over this. It is NOT a stealth fighter. As a few have already pointed out, but nobody seems to want to
listen, the Flying wing has ALWAYS been a fascination with aircraft designers, some of the earliest practical designs dating from the 1880's but the
lack of a petrol engine meant their far sighted designers were thwarted. The Hortens had been buiolding gliders on this model for several years. Nor
was the design even a shock to the allies at the end of the war. Want proof? go to flightglobal.com and click 'archive' and search for 'flying
wing'. There you will read a full page illustrated report on Hortens flying wings from 1943!
The guy who can't imagine why the structure is layered with a composite like material' isn't doing his reputation any favours. It was the plywood
skinning that made it radar absorbant, completely by accident and of no benefit if it was coming towards you thanks to those huge round intakes. The
layering was for strength and it was plastic to prevent the inner skin decaying if the outer was penetrated by moisture which could cause the glues to
come unstuck. It was skinned with wood to save on using aluminium sheet. All ofthis paragraph by the way also applies to the DH Mosquito. Are we
calling that a stealth bomber? No, because it looks normal and here we all seem to be mesmerised by the shape, which is beautiful, elegant and
aerodynamic. But not sci fi.
An interesting comment earlier on is that it would have done a lot of Damage to Britain. How exactly would a defensive fighter have managed that? Far
more at risk would have been the USAAF day bombing campaign.
Also, I am given to understand that it was actually a stable design. An RAE report on it from 1945 states how the aircraft could be held steady for
shooting (at a target) by the application of both tip brakes simultaneously and something called 'bell shaped spanwise lift distribution' which was
developed by the Hortens, ignored by everyone else for 40 years and which I don't understand.
However it was far too radical a design, as was the Ta 183 with its ridiculously inappropriate tail design and several other designs. The effort that
went into which diverted resources away from building more Me 109's and Fw 190's which the Luftweaffe could have really done with, but not Me 262's
for, as excellenty as that design was, the materials for the engines wasn't available and whats the point of building hundreds of a plane without
engines? Oh thats right, those 'brilliant' Germans never figured that one out!