The Horten Ho 229 or Gotha Go 229 flying wing was an expirimental flying-wing type aircraft, developed in the latter parts of World War II. It is only featured during 'The Horten's Nest' in Medal of Honor: Frontline and Medal of Honor: Allied Assault‘s expansion packs.
The Gotha or Ho IX has its roots in the 1930s. Brothers Reimer and Walter Horten began to work on flying wing gliders in the early 1930s. Over time the brothers added piston engines to the flying wing airframe. Even though their design was revolutionary, it did not catch on with the Luftwaffe. By 1943, the Luftwaffe was desperate for new and better aircraft; particularly bombers. The Luftwaffe viewed the Horten design as a useful candidate as both a bomber and a fighter. With the Luftwaffe now backing them, the Horten brothers began to build a prototype with jet engines and weapons. Because of aluminum shortages, the aircraft would mostly be built with plywood. By 1945, the first jet powered aircraft was completed and ready for testing. On February 2, 1945 the first Ho IX was tested and showed promising results; test pilots observed that it had good handling and speed. In the weeks that followed more tests were made with the Ho IX; there were rumors that an Me 262 and Ho IX simulated a dogfight against each other, the Ho IX was said to have won. However, on February 18 the Ho IX was destroyed when one of its engines caught fire causing the aircraft to crash. By March a new Ho IX was built and ready for further testing. But the Ho IX was too little too late and never saw combat. After the war the last remaining Ho IX was taken to the United States for testing. The Ho IX is currently stored in a restoration facility in Maryland.
Specifications Type: Fighter
Length: 25.51 ft
Wingspan: 55 ft
Speed: 620 mph
Take off weight: 18,740 lb
Powerplant: 2 x Junker Jumo 004B turbojet
Armament: 2 x 30mm MK 103 cannons