This is the second all-wing sailplane that Reimar Horten designed. He used a reflexed airfoil at the center section and a symmetrical airfoil with considerable washout near the wingtips, plus a generously nose-heavy, center-of-gravity. Reimar claimed that he eliminated adverse yaw (a by-product of all aircraft equipped with ailerons) in the Horten II. By all accounts, the Horten II demonstrated a significant leap in flying wing technology.
Transferred from the United States Air Force.
Country of Origin: Germany
Wingspan: 16.5 m (54 ft)
Center Section Length: 5 m (16.4 ft)
Height: 1.6 m (5.4 ft)
Weights, Empty: 265 kg (586 lb)
Gross: 365 kg (807 lb)
Maximum Speed: 230 km/h (143 mph)
Best Glide Speed: 72 km/h (45 mph)
Steel-tube center section covered with plywood; sheet aluminum landing gear fairings; wooden wings covered with linen fabric and plywood; perspex canopy; steel and aluminum fittings; rubber tires.
Swept-wing, single-seat, tailless glider; steel-tube center section and wooden wings covered with thin plywood and fabric; fully-enclosed cockpit equipped with single pilot seat; tandem wheel fixed landing gear.