Open House At The Deutsche
September 9, 1999
Last Saturday I was at the workshop and
of the Deutsche Technikmuseum in Berlin where Prof. Dr. Dr. Holger
and his team are restoring 4 Horten flying wings. We had a nice
from Mr. Steinle and from different model builders with some
Here are some of the photos I took during this event. Eric du
(NOTE: Expanded pictures range in size from 24k to 44k)
|This link will lead you
to a 6-minute video of Horten aircraft in flight and some footage of
the restoration project.
The Horten Ho IIL is
in good condition. The central section is now in its rebuilding phase
the wings just need to be covered with fabric. On the right side of the
central section photo, you can see Mr. Chris Wills of the Vintage
Club. He is also the son of Mr. Wills who was involved in the British
team just after W.W.II.
is the same
for the HoIIIf, but its central section is just cleaned. The seat
the section is the original one (prone position).
of the HoIIIh was there. This is a twin seat in standard position. It
still in not too bad of a condition and it seems that it will not be
but just preserved (as I understood with my poor knowledge of German).
complete HoVI -
V2 was on display. The work is not yet started and it is still in the
as stored in the U.S.A. I was very surprised at the length of the
These wings are in 2 parts and the last part is in aluminium with
in wood. The cord at the end of the first part and all the last part is
terribly small. I assume that the wing torsion problem was one major
The construction of the wings is very light. The ribs are made out of 1
mm multiplex with some reinforce- ments. I was expecting to find some
material (plastic, ...) in the HoVI, but I just found that it was built
like the other Horten flying wings: in wood, steel tubes and some
Also, I was expecting to find it in very good condition, but I found
the wings are in bad condition. The wood cover is, in general,
and, sometimes cracked and, especially, the left wing is cut in two
it was rotten. The plexiglas and the metalic cover are also
but not too much.