Flying Wing Coming to SDASM
Northrop Grumman is donating a full size model of the Horton flying wing, the Gotha Go 229, to SDASM. The model was built for the National Geographic Channel which will feature it in an episode to be aired on June 28th. Wingspan is over 50ft and it will be displayed toward the end of the World War II area of the Museum.
Built by the Germans towards the end of World War II, the aircraft never saw service with the Luftwaffe. U.S. forces overran the Gotha factory on the 14th of April 1945 and found the almost completed, but not yet flown, Go 229 V3 prototype. The Americans took the V3 to the US for study. Amazingly, the V3 has been preserved to this day, stored at the National Air & Space Museum's Paul E. Garber Restoration, Preservation & Storage Facility in Silver Hill, Maryland.