Horten H.IX, RLM designation Ho 229 (or Gotha Go 229 for extensive re-design work done by Gotha to prepare the aircraft for mass production) was a German prototype fighter/bomber initially designed by Reimar and Walter Horten to be built by Gothaer Waggonfabrik late in World War II. It was the first flying wing to be powered by jet engines.
The design was a response to Hermann Göringlight bomber designs capable of meeting the "3×1000" requirement; namely to carry 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb) of bombs a distance of 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) with a speed of 1,000 kilometres per hour (620 mph). Only jets could provide the speed, but these were extremely fuel-hungry, so considerable effort had to be made to meet the range requirement. Based on a flying wing, the Ho 229 lacked all extraneous control surfaces to lower drag. It was the only design to come even close to the 3×1000 requirements, 1000 kg bomb load, at 1000 km/ h speed, with a range of 1000 km, and received Göring's approval. Its ceiling was 15,000 metres (49,000 ft).
Horten Ho 229 is the main goal of the game, for which Patterson got almost half the gameplay. For the first time the player can see the plane at the level of "Under the Radar", where he gets to the hangar. In the level "Stealing the Show", the player with the fight gets to Horten Ho 229 and finally steals it from the airfield.
Two Horten Ho 229 appear on the map Flughafen. The allies need to make enough effort to steal the planes, while the Germans need to protect these.
- The first Horten Ho 229 was produced in the summer of 1943. This means that its appearance on the map Flughafen, events which occur during the African campaign, historically not accurate.
- The aircraft model from Spearhead is almost an exact copy of the model from Frontline, going so far as to have the same numbers on the body.