The Horten H.IX, RLM designation Ho 229 (or Gotha Go 229 for extensive re-design work done by Gotha to prepare the aircraft for mass production), often referred to simply as the "jet fighter" (German: Düsenjäger), was a German fighter/bomber initially designed by Reimar and Walter Horten to be built by Gothaer Waggonfabrik late in World War II. It was the first flying wing to be powered by jet engines.
In the alternate timeline of the Wolfenstein series, it has reached operational status and is the sole aircraft used by the Luftwaffe, along with the Ausmerzer, the Project Whisper helicopters, and various types of Zeppelins.
Historically, the design was a response to Hermann Göring's call for light bomber designs capable of meeting the "3×1000" requirement; namely to carry 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb) of bombs a distance of 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) with a speed of 1,000 kilometres per hour (620 mph). Only jets engines could provide the speed, but these were extremely fuel-hungry, so considerable effort had to be made to meet the range requirement. Based on a flying wing, the Ho 229 lacked all extraneous control surfaces to reduce weight and lower drag. It was the only design to come even close to the 3×1000 requirements and received Göring's approval. Its ceiling was 15,000 metres (49,000 ft).
Compared to Reimar and Walter's original design, the jets that appears in the Wolfenstein games sport several notable differences. The in-game version of the Ho 229 is armed with 4 nose-mounted cannons instead of 2 wing-mounted ones, and instead of Junkers Jumo 004 turbojet engines or BMW 003s, 2 larger turbofan engines with distinctive contrails are used instead. The single prototype used by the Fourth Reich in 1980 also uses anti-gravity propulsion along with the standard jet engines.
In the Old Blood, it is seen outside Castle Wolfenstein while B.J. is making his escape in the cable car, where two jets will do a strafing run on the gondola he's using. Later, one can be heard and seen performing flybys underneath Paderborn Bridge, shaking the superstructure every time it passes.
During the opening events of the New Order, a squadron of Horten Ho 229s intercept the airborne Allied landing on Deathshead's compound and are the very first enemies in the game. B.J. must use his cargo plane’s nose turret to shoot down as many jets as possible to defend the convoy, but his valiant attempt is eventually put to a stop when a damaged Ho 229 performed a kamikaze attack on his aircraft, destroying the nose turret and gravely injuring B.J. Fergus Reid notes their incredible speed as they terrify the Allied pilots, however, once at the compound, they were engaged in a dogfighting stalemate with the Allied P-51 escort fighters.
The Ho 229s were such a technological and tactical success that they have become iconic among the pilots of the Luftwaffe, as by 1960 its silhouette is used on the Luftwaffe's badge (said badge can be viewed in the hangers that housed the helicopters of Project Whisper in the London Nautica). However, the Ho 229 seen on the badge bears a closer resemblance to the Horten brothers' original design. Several are kept stored aboard the Eva's Hammer.
The Horten 229s are still in military service 15 years after their introduction to the Luftwaffe. Three Ho 229s perform a flyby over Roswell, trailing red, white and black smoke. Concept art shows them being launched from the Ausmerzer's forward airstrips, though this is not seen in-game.
The Horten Ho 229s also appear in Wolfenstein: Youngblood. Two can be seen in the hangar at the pinnacle of Brother 2. There was also a single, heavily modified prototype made for General Lothar Brandt's personal use. The variant had parallel engines and a split X-wing configuration, as well as having additional weapons such as laser cannons and missile launchers. The prototype also used anti-gravity engines along with the existing jet propulsion. The aircraft aided the general for his fight against the Blazkowicz sisters by strafing them with lasers. After Lothar was killed, the aircraft reappeared and tried to kill them, but was shot down by a Project Whisper helicopter piloted by Grace Walker.
- 4 heavy autocannons
- Guided ordinance (1980 prototype)
- Laser weapons (1980 prototype)
- The Horten Ho 229 is the only military aircraft mass produced by Germany, but there is also a stealth program known as Project Whisper. The helicopter developed from the program was mass produced by both Germany and the United States. Additionally, an aircraft called the Haunebu-V was also seen in America in 1960, but not after that because the Da'at Yichud facility used to manufacture them was destroyed and the American Resistance is in possession of the last one on the Eva's Hammer.
- The configuration of the wings of the 1980 prototype resembled the X-wing starfighters from the Star Wars franchise, which is generally associated with that decade.
|Vehicles||Allies Condor · Eva's Hammer · Herr Faust · Horten Ho 229 · Project Whisper · Space shuttle|
|Vehicles||APC · Ausmerzer · Eva's Hammer · Haunebu-V · Horten Ho 229 · Monocycle · Panzerhund · Rover · Silberfish · Supply Zeppelin|
|Vehicles||Project Whisper ・ Düsenjäger ・ Nachtfalter ・ Düsenjäger (Fighter) ・ Schlammspringer APC・ APC|
|Humans||Soldier · Commander (Übercommander) · Elite Guard · Sniper|
|Machines||Drone · Robotersoldaten ・ Laserhund · Panzerhund ・ Düsenjäger・ Düsenjäger (Fighter)|
|Creatures||Bombenhund · Supersoldaten · Zerstörer · Zitadelle|
|Bosses||Winkler · Brüder Übergarde · Lothar Brandt|