I'm guessing those are half-generation air-to-air guided missiles under the wings. Nice pic; the Ho-229 was definitely ahead of its time; I just wonder how the Horten brothers would have solved the same instability issues at speed that Jack Northrop had issues with on the YB-49 in the 1950s.
Just saw a documentary on this plane tonight on the National Geographic channel where the guys at the American skunkworks recreated one and then tested it for radar surveillance. Definitely the worlds first stealth aircraft!
First rate illustration, just finished a book called "Last Talons of the Eagle" about these planes and the other experimental designs that were churned out. Is the picture for a book you're working on or are you going to publish your pictures.
Actually, if deployed in appreciative numbers, the Go-229 would make bomber crews say 'I aint going to Germany no matter what you pay me!' because it mounted 2x 30mm cannons which is more than enough to kill bombers.
The 262s, and volksjagers would have done theat on their own in larger numbers.... the Horton would have been a major OFFENSIVE threat. I saw a show where they examined the stealth capacities of this design... at low level it would have been almost impossible to effectively intercept. Not because it was invisible to RADAR bt it could get much closer to the radar stations before it was detected. by then it's speed made it a hard target to intercept with conventional fighters.
I stumbled across the HO 229 many years ago and have been collecting books and internet snippets about such ever since.
A truly beautiful and graceful machine. I do hope the one surviving example will be used as a template (Much like the surviving Me 262's have been) and new machines will one day take to the skies.
After the war one of the Horten brothers was involved in trying to build a transport aircraft in South America. Only one example was ever finished. It flew once and was then left to fall apart in a hanger due to said government's corruption/incompetence etc.
Also, did you know that neither brothers Horten ever met Professor Alexander Lippisch? Their works evolved completely separately and with no contact. Amazing yes?