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Hitler’s stealth fighter show to airHitler’s stealth fighter show to air

Hitler's stealthIf you get the National Geographic Channel, you may want to watch “Hitler’s Stealth Fighter” on June 28 at 9 p.m. Working jointly, National Geographic Channel and Northrop Grumman Corp. built a Horten 229 flying wing replica to determine if it had stealth capabilities three decades before the United States.

With the construction and testing completed, the model has gone to the San Diego Air and Space Museum for display. The model was placed on a 50-foot pedestal at a formerly secret location in the Mojave Desert so that it could be hit with radar returns from every angle. Did the wooden aircraft prove to be stealthy? You’ll have to watch.

The U.S. government has hidden a German-built prototype of the flying wing in a warehouse since World War II.

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Alton Marsh

Alton K. Marsh

Freelance journalist
Alton K. Marsh is a former senior editor of AOPA Pilot and is now a freelance journalist specializing in aviation topics.

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