Horten Ho-VIII
1945
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Horten Ho-VIIIA three-view drawing (592 x 402)

The Ho VIII was by far the largest of the Horten flying wings, and was designed as a commercial aircraft with accommodation for about 60 passengers. Originally to have had a span of 80m, it was to have been powered by six 448kW BMW pusher engines; range was estimated to be 6000km at a cruising speed of between 300 and 350km/h. A prototype was expected to fly in November 1945, but the defeat of Germany prevented its development. The concept was resurrected after the war by Reimar Horten, who went to Argentina and incorporated the idea in the unsuccessful I.A.38 tailless cargo aircraft, which flew in prototype form in 1958.


Specification 
 MODELHo-VIII
 CREW3
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight8000 kg17637 lb
    Empty weight5000 kg11023 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan40 m131 ft 3 in
    Length16.5 m54 ft 2 in
    Height3.85 m13 ft 8 in
    Wing area146 m21571.53 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed280 km/h174 mph
    Range w/max.fuel6000 km3728 miles

Comments
John Frazer, 26.12.2017

Is it correct that the TOW was only 8 tonnes for the huge transport, of 80+meters?
60+troops, maybe, but not paying passengers.
4 engines of 600+horsepower are ok for a medium transport.


It's always been these which were fascinating, not the small fast fighters and medium strike bombers.
Real commercial planes are the hope for designers.

The 1960 Naranjero was hampered, being forced to use low-power engines. It was at best a powered glider, and should have been towed up to test its flight characteristics. Put to rest any guesses by uninformed viewers about it's flight handling and safety.

In 1930, Junkers drew a huge all-wing transport of 100 tons. Northrop's early '40s transport version of the bomber might have been that heavy. Fauvel in the late '30s and during the war era also designed such a huge all-wing transport.
Patents from Henter in '40 also showed designs of huge inhabitable wing land & sea planes of 120+meter spans. Henter put tails on his, so they'd have been much more likely to be stable to fly.
Burnelli in the late '40s designed huge winged & tailed lifting body transports, and since he couldn't guarantee availability of jets, he designed around 4 contra-props driven by ganged allison V-12.

huaren, 21.06.2011

It looks much more as a transport plane than a passenger one and sure not for 60 people.

, 21.06.2011

Horten Ho-VIII

Baltazar, 02.06.2011

Epaaa... Ese Reimar... Será un desendiente del Ingeniero Reimar Horten?? lo que cuenta del Ho-VIII En Argentina año 1953 se llegó a construir el modelo modificado a carguero. algo más cuadrado pero la esencia del diseño intacta, llegó a volar con considerables prestaciones, una capadidad de carga de hasta 6Tn... Infelismente el desarrollo fue canselado por cuestiones politicas, posteriormente se intentó retomar el proyecto en el año 1960 donde se canseló el proyecto en forma definitiva

Reimar Horten, 31.03.2011

No- it was not built. A derivative of the concept was built in Argentina, called the "Horten/I.Ae 38 transport flying wing.
It was, along with South America's first supersonic fighter, the Pulqui, canceled post-Peron coup de'tat (pro-American government).

alvaro, 16.01.2010

Was it really build?

gottardi antonio, 14.10.2009

I think that it would have done a great show to see it flying! But ... looking at the performances' description, I am of the opinion that the engines should jhave a lot more performance: I mean in the 2000HP range each one. This ,probably, would have rised the max T.O. weight. One more of my personal opinions: It looks much more as a transport plane than a passenger one and sure not for 60 people.

gottardi antonio, 14.10.2009

I think that it would have done a great show to see it flying! But ... looking at the performances' description, I am of the opinion that the engines should jhave a lot more performance: I mean in the 2000HP range each one. This ,probably, would have rised the max T.O. weight. One more of my personal opinions: It looks much more as a transport plane than a passenger one and sure not for 60 people.

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