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Horten H IX V3 “Bat-Wing Ship,” May 2014 Update

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On April 24, we passed another milestone in preparations to move the Horten 229 V3 center section from the Paul Garber Facility in Maryland to the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. Collections staff positioned the jet onto a new steel frame that will support and steady the artifact, and provide the solid base for a cover that will encapsulate the artifact during the journey by road.

Shop Foreman Rob Mawhinney conducts the symphony as forklift pilots Amelia Kile, Carl Schuettler, Anthony Wallace, and Carl Bobrow gradually lower the jet onto the stand. It was critical to keep the load level fore and aft and side to side (Lauren Horelick photo).


Jennifer Stringfellow helps to spot for Rob on the forklift (Lauren Horelick photo).


Rob signals a small adjustment (Lauren Horelick photo).


With the center section in place, a contract welder fuses to the stand a fitting to which artisans will bolt the nose wheel yoke (Lauren Horelick photo).


A contract welder fuses a fitting to secure the right main gear strut to the stand (Lauren Horelick photo).


Collections Processing Unit staff member Anthony Wallace is working with transportation officials in Maryland and Virginia to obtain the permits required to haul the center section of the Horten 229 V3 over major highways around midnight to avoid traffic.

Russ Lee is a curator in the Aeronautics Department of the National Air and Space Museum.

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8 thoughts on “Horten H IX V3 “Bat-Wing Ship,” May 2014 Update

  1. Yah! Finally we’ll get to see the real first flying wing fighter. It seems a shame that this has never been truly accessed as a fighter, bomber or observation aircraft like the Ardo 234 or Me 262. As I recall, in simulated dog fights with other german aircraft of the time it showed real potential, but maybe that was hip. Then again supposedly it “was flowen” @ Wright Pat, then disassembled and the wings list. But at least we’ll be able to compare this with Northrop’s notes/plan of the same period.

    Again, YAH,


    John Koontz

  2. Greetings

    A newsletter for us all who would like updates? Plus a way to donate to this restoration?

  3. Please keep on posting as many pictures as possible of this wonderful aircraft! I second the need of a newsletter to follow this one!

  4. Mr. Lee,

    Thank you for the update and photographs on this fascinating aircraft. Please continue to keep publishing progress reports. There is enough interest for a newsletter.

  5. Thanks for the response last year Russell. Its getting a bit exciting as I have been an admirer of this aircraft since I saw it in a small book on German fighter aircraft of WWII approx 50 years ago and have been writing to the museum for he last 5 years for updates on when i can come to see it. As a follow up question how long would the restoration take as an approximation? Ie would I likely be able to view the finished restoration next year (2015) or would it be more likely to be the year after? Also is it to be displayed in the NAS museum in Virginia or elsewhere? Just that coming from Australia means I have a bit more planning to do. thanks again Dennis

  6. IMHO, producing a newsletter about the Horten project would be duplicating the time and effort required to update this blog. If you are subscribed to the NASM blog, you will not miss any significant developments in the Horten project.

    For information about donating to the NASM, please go here,

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