Hitler and the ufo: the Gotha 229

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That Adolf Hitler and other maximum Nazi exponents confided in esoteric practices is known, that they have adopted symbols and rituality is also known, less clear it is what relationship could exist between Nazi Germany and alien technologies which according to some would have been at the base of the technological acceleration happened,especially in aeronautical and missile field, in the last months of the Second World war.


Even before the slope to the power of Adolf Hitler the followers of the Nazism tried to find Shambhala, an hidden land to whose center would be found the capital Kalepa, where would reside perfect men and women and the same “king of the world”. A place that according to some ufologis could be the legendary transfiguration of an alien base. The Nazis officially didn’t find ever Shambhalas, but for some they would have found during their expeditions finds of alien technologies.


A series of testimonies it made from the Allies pilots during the conflict contributed in the following years to the conclusion of the Second World war to strengthen the hypothesis that the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler would have indeed reconstructed some ufos, or at least realized projects of experimental planes that exploited some technologies of it. American pilot Kenneth Arnold, for instance, reported for first of “supersonic flying saucers” and specified that “to shoot to these things doesn’t damage them at all”. Also other American and British pilots reported to have seen “great bright disks” or “strange spheres never sights before”. Were them the ufos of Hitler?


Even admitting that there were just errors of identification, the fact that Nazis had developed a series of unusual airplanes for the epoch to say few it is undeniable. One particularly, has always aroused a lot of curiosity,the flying wing Gotha 229, originally known as Horten IX. Initially developed by brothers Walter and Reimar Horten, this airplane, a model of which, the prototype V3, is still exposed at the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility of the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, would have had to answer to the Luftwaffe’s specification “1,000×1,000×1,000”, i.e. to be an airplane able to transport 1.000 Kg of bombs to 1.000 Km/h to a distance of 1.000 Km from its base.


Horten Ho 229 Smithsonian rear

The airplane was realized joining to a loom of steel pipes settled to wood surfaces, worked in a way that the most external layer absorbed the radar waves and spread them in different directions from those of origin, succeeding in this way to elude the more possible the hostile radars. If not an ufo, the Gotha 229 would certainly have been the first aerial stealth of the history.

ho1 The Horten Ho 229 being restored at Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center

Unfortunately for brothers Horten the things didn’t go to the correct verse both for the difficulties of project and for the little time available. The second prototype (the V2) crashed December 18th 1944 (other sources speak of February 26th 1945), pilot died, the production stopped by the Horten to the Gothaero Waggonfabrik never overcame the phase of the prototypes. After some decades, nevertheless, some of the solutions of the Gotha 229 were used for developing the stealth fighter Lockheed F-117A NightHawk.