July 25, 2009
--At a Northrop Grumman facility in California, top stealth-plane experts admire their handiwork in late 2008—a full-size, though flightless, replica of a Horten 2-29, aka Hitler's stealth fighter, created for a documentary airing June 28 on the National Geographic Channel. (Read the full story.
The team tested the re-created Nazi jet against World War II-style radar. With its radar-resistant design and 600-mile-an-hour (970-kilometer-an-hour) speed, the team concluded, the Ho 2-29 would have allowed British antiaircraft forces only 9 minutes to respond, versus 18 with a conventional World War II fighter.
Had Hitler's stealth fighter made it into mass production, the plane could have changed to course of the war in Europe, experts say. (Interactive: Explore Hitler's stealth fighter.
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Photograph by Linda Reynolds/Flying Wing Films