The Horten H IX, also known as the Ho 229, or Gotha Go 229, The Horten H.IX, RLM designation Ho 229 (often called Gotha Go 229 because of the identity of the chosen manufacturer of the aircraft) was a German prototype fighter/bomber designed by Reimar and Walter Horten and built by Gothaer Waggonfabrik late in World War II. It was the first pure flying wing powered by jet engines.
As it was a prototype, it never got beyond the experimental stage, but the fact is that the factory buildings in Friedrichsrode were captured by U.S. troops. They found already well advanced, paced project: Since 1935 the brothers Walter and Reimar Horten have been developing flying wing gliders. In 1943, they began developing the first jet-powered flying wing combat aircraft in the world.
The first prototype flew with its own engines on the 2nd February 1945 for two hours and the designers were inspired by his performance and excellent handling characteristics. However, due to an engine failure, the aircraft crashed during the test flight and the pilot was killed. Another prototype was built, but wasn't tested as the war ended. With a maximum speed of roughly 990 km h, the H IX was designed as a long range fighter-bomber and night fighter and would be heavily armed.
In Forgotten Hope Secret Weapon, four machine guns were replaced by two 30-mm MG-213C. This weapon was only a prototype and was characterized by a very high caliber for its shot sequence, it is about twice as high as of usual MK 108. In game, MG-213C is the strongest available 30-mm cannon and capable of destroying any aircraft with a targeted burst.
Horten H IX B Edit
The night fighter version of the H IX differs with outside of the additional antennas on the bow, otherwise no external differences observed. The pilot now has a radar, which is very helpful in order to identify enemy bombers on night maps.
The armament is even stronger than that of the normal figher, two additional MG-213C in conjunction with the high speed make this aircraft an extremely strong, possibly the best, night fighter in the game.