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The Horten H.XVIII is a jet long-range bomber proposed design from Reimar Horten, based on the Horten Ho 229 Jet Fighter/Bomber, the H.XVIII used many of the same techniques.



The A model of the H.XVIII was a long, smooth blended wing body. Its six turbojet engines were buried deep in the wing and the exhausts centered on the trailing end. Resembling the Horten Ho 229 flying wing fighter there were many odd features that distinguished this aircraft; the jettisonable landing gear and the wing made of wood and carbon based glue, are but two. The aircraft was first proposed for the Amerika Bomber project and was personally reviewed by Hermann Göring, after review, the Horten brothers (with deep dissatisfaction) were forced to share design and construction of the aircraft with Junkers and Messerschmitt engineers, who wanted to add a single rudder fin as well as suggesting underwing pods to house the engines and landing gear.


The B model of the H.XVIIIB was generally the same as the A model, except the four (down from six) engines and four-wheel retractable landing gear were now housed in underwing pods, and the three-man crew housed under a bubble canopy. The aircraft was to be built in huge concrete hangars and operate off long runways with construction due to start in autumn 1945, but the end of the war came with no progress made. Armament was considered unnecessary due to the expected high performance.


The C model of the H.XVIII was based on the airframe of the H.XVIIIA with a huge tail. It had an MG 151/20 turret set in the middle rear of the wing and with six BMW 003 turbojets slung under the wings; this was designed by Messerschmitt and Junkers engineers. It is uncertain if this overall design was directly developed by the Horten brothers or their manufacturer, as there is little surviving evidence of this proposed version. It was eventually rejected by the Horten brothers, as it was not a major improvement over the H.XVIIIA.

Horten Brothers Aircraft
Fighter/Bombers Horten H.IXHorten H.XHorten H.XIII BHorten Ho 229
Bombers Horten H.XVIII
Gliders Horten H.XIII A
Unknown Role Horten H.IHorten H.IIHorten H.IIIHorten H.IVHorten H.VHorten H.VIHorten H.VIIHorten H.VIIIHorten H.XIHorten H.XIVHorten H.XVHorten H.XVaHorten H.XVcHorten H.XVIHorten Ho 251Horten Ho 253Horten Parabola
Flag of Germany (1935 to 1945) Germany (Deutsches Reich) War Flag of Germany (1938-1945)
1919 - 1945
Jet / Rocket Aircraft
Fighters Fighters He 176Ho 229He 280H.IXH.X
Interceptors [[]]
Multi-Role [[]]
Attackers Ground Attack [[]]
Bombers Long-Range Bomber H.XVIII
Utility Maritime Surveillance [[]]
Meteorological [[]]
Missile Warning [[]]
Reconnaissance [[]]
Trainer [[]]
Propeller Aircraft
Fighters Fighters Ar 64 (abcDE)
Seaplane Fighters SSD I
Interceptors [[]]
Multi-Role [[]]
Attackers Ground Attack [[]]
Utility Maritime Surveillance [[]]
Meteorological [[]]
Missile Warning [[]]
Reconnaissance [[]]
Trainer [[]]
Fighters Fighters He 112 (A-0A-1A-2A-3A-4A-5A-6B-0B-1B-2B-2/U2V1V2V3V4V5V6V7V8V9V10V11V12)
Interceptors [[]]
Heavy Fighters Bf 110 (H-5)
Night Fighters Bf 110 (H-4)
Attackers Ground Attack [[]]
Bombers Light Bombers [[]]
Utility Maritime Surveillance [[]]
Meteorological [[]]
Sport Al 101Al 102Al 103Fi 253
Reconnaissance [[]]
Trainer [[]]
Biplanes (old navbox)
Propeller Propulsion
Fighter Fighter He 49He 51 (A-0A-1B-0B-1B-3)Ar 64 (abcDE)Ar 65 (abcDEF)Ar 67Ar 68 (EFGHV1V2V3V4V5)He 74
Naval Fighter Ar 197
Seaplane Fighter SSD I
Ground Attack Dive Bomber He 50 (BL)He 66Ar 81 (V1V2V3)Fi 98
Ground Attacker He 51 (C-1C-2)
Bomber Light Bomber He 45 (A-0B-0B-2C-0D-0)
Torpedo Bomber He 59E-1Fi 167Ar 195
Utility Reconnaissance He 45 (A-2B-1)He 50 (A)He 51B-2He 59 (B-3E-2)He 60 (ABB-3CDE)He 61Fw 62He 62Ar 95
Sport Bü 134
Trainer He 42 (CDE)Fw 44He 45A-1Fw 55WHe 59 (C-1D-1E-1E-2N-1)Ar 66 (abBC)Ar 69He 72 (A-0B-0B-1)He 74Ar 96Al 102WBü 131Bü 133He 172
Utility He 59 (A-1B-1B-2C-2D-1)
Monoplanes (old navbox)
Propeller Propulsion
Fighter Fighter Do 10Fw 57Ar 76Ar 80Bf 109He 100 (D-0D-1)He 112 (A-0A-1A-2A-3A-4A-5A-6B-0B-1B-2)BV 155Me 155Fw 159Fw 190Me 209Ta 254Me 309Me 334Me 509
Heavy Fighter Fw 57Ju 88 (C-1C-2C-3C-4C-5C-6H-2H-4)Bf 109Z (13)Bf 110Fw 187Me 210Ar 240 (A-0B-0C-1)Me 265Me 310Me 329Junkers Ju 388Me 410Ar 440Me 609
Interceptor Ta 152Me 409
Night Fighter Do 17 (Z-7Z-10)Ju 88 (C-6G-1G-6G-7R-0)Bf 110Ta 154Hü 211Ar 240C-2Me 329Junkers Ju 388
Ground Attack Dive Bomber Ar 81Ju 87 (A-0A-1A-2B-0B-1B-2C-0C-1D-1D-2D-3D-3/TropD-5D-7D-8R-1R-2R-2/TropR-3R-4)Ju 88Bf 109Z (24)Hü 136 Stubo 1Hü 136 Stubo 2Ju 187Me 210Me 329Ar 340Ar E.340
Attacker Do 17Z-8Ju 87 (D-1D-3G-1G-2)Ju 88 (A-13P-1P-2P-3P-4P-5)Bf 110Me 210Me 329Me 410
Bomber Light Bomber Do 13 (CD)Do 17 (E-1E-2E-3L-1L-2M-0M-1Z-0Z-1Z-2Z-3Z-5Z-9)Do 23 (FG)He 70 (cE)Bf 162Fw 189Ar 240C-3
Medium Bomber Do 11 (CD)Fw 42Ju 52 (3mge3mg3e3mg4e3mg5e3mg6e3mg7e3mg8e3mg9e3mg10e3mg11e3mg12e3mg13e3mg14e)Ju 85Ju 86Ju 88 (A-0A-1A-2A-4A-5A-6A-8A-11A-14A-15B-0S-0S-1S-2S-3)Ju 188Fw 191Ju 288Ar 340Junkers Ju 388Ar E.340Ar E.560Ju EF 61
Heavy Bomber Ju 89He 177Me 264Ju 488
Long-Range Bomber Bf 165Fw 200Ju 390Me P.08.01
Maritime Bomber Fw 300Ta 400
Torpedo Bomber Do 22Ju 87 (D-4)Ju 88 (A-17)
Utility Glider Hü 17Hü 28BV 40Me 321Ju 322Ju EF 94
Medical Fw 58
Meteorological Fw 47 (CDE)
Reconnaissance Do 17 (F-1F-2L-0P-1P-2R-0R-1S-0U-1Z-3Z-6)Do 18 (DGN)Do 24Do 26 (C)Klemm Kl 31Kl 36He 46 (C-1D-0E-1E-2E-3)He 70 (cF-0F-1F-2)Ju 86Ju 88 (C-4D-1D-2D-3D-4D-5H-1H-3T-1T-3)Kl 151Bf 161Bf 163Ju 188Fw 189Ar 196Ar 198Fw 200Hü 211Ar 231Ar 240C-4Me 261Ju 290Fw 300Do 318Me 329Ju 388Ju 390Do 635Ju 635Ar E.380Ju EF 61Me P.08.01
Sport Kl 32Kl 35Fi 99Kl 105Bf 108Bü 180Fi 253
Testbed / Engine Test Do 17 (J-1J-2)
Trainer Do 17Z-4Do 18HKl 25Kl 26Kl 31Kl 35He 46 (F-1F-2)Fw 56 (A-0A-1)Fw 58Ar 76Ar 77 (abAB)Ar 79Ju 87 (D-6)Ju 88 (A-3A-7A-12A-14)Ar 96 (A-0B-0B-1C-0)Al 102LBf 108Bü 180Bü 181Bü 182Ar 199Ar 296Do 335 (V11A-10A-12)Ar 396 (A-1A-2)
Transport Ju 52Fw 58Ju 60Ju 86Ju 90Fi 97Kl 151Ju 160Fw 200Ar 232 (ABCV1V2V3V4)Ar 233Ju 252Ju 290Fw 300Me 323Fi 333Ju 352Ju 390Ar 432Ar 532Ar 632Me P.08.01
Utility Do 12 (A)Do 14Fw 43Ju 46Ju 49Kl 107Fi 157Fi 158Me P.08.01
Unknown Role Kl 33Kl 106Kl 152
Jet Propulsion
Fighters Fighters Bf 109TL (011/U122/U244/U14/U54/U5a66/U16/U56/U5a)He 162Ta 183Ho 229Me 262 (A-0A-1aA-1a/U1A-1a/U2A-1a/U3A-1a/U4A-1a/U5A-1bCSW-1W-3)He 280Ta 283Me 328He 500Ho H.IXHo H.XHo H.XIIIJu EF 126Me P.1079Me P.1095Me P.1101Me P.1106Me P.1111Me P.1112
Interceptors Fw Volksjäger 1Ju EF 128Me 262 (C-1aC-2bC-3C-3aE-1E-2)Me P.1079Me P.1092Me P.1099Me P.1110
Night Fighters Bf 109TL-3Ar 234 (B-2/NC-3/NC-7)Me 262 (B-1a/U1B-2)Me P.1099
Ground Attack Dive Bombers [[]]
Ground Attackers Me 262 (A-3aD-1)Me P.1095Me P.1099
Bombers Light Bombers Me 262 (A-2aA-2a/U1A-2a/U2)Me P.1095
Medium Bombers Ar 234 (A-0B-0B-2C-1C-2C-5C-8D-2P-1P-2P-3P-4P-5)Ju 287Ju EF 131Ju EF 132
Long-Range Bombers Ar E.555Ho H.XVIIIMe P.1108
Utility Gliders Ho H.XIII A
Guided Missiles Fi 103Fi 103RFi 103R-IFi 103R-IIFi 103R-IIIFi 103R-IVFi 103R-VFZG 76V 1
Reconnaissance Ar 234 (B-1C-4C-6D-1)Me 262 (A-4aA-5a)Me P.1095Me P.1099
Trainers Bf 109TL-3Me 262 (B-1a)Me P.1099
Unknown Role Ho 251Ho 253Ho H.IHo H.IIHo H.IIIHo H.IVHo H.VHo Ho.VIHo H.VIIHo H.VIIIHo H.XIHo H.XIVHo H.XVHo H.XVaHo H.XVcHo H.XVIHo Parabola
Rocket Propulsion
Fighters Fighters [[]]
Interceptors Ba 349He 176Me 163Ju 248Me 263Fw Volksjäger 2EF 127
Parasite Fighters Ar E.381
Bombers Long-Range Bombers [[]]
Utility Reconnaissance Ar 234R
Unknown Role Ju 268
Attackers Anti-Submarine Warfare Fa 223 (A)
Utility Reconnaissance Fa 223 (B)
Trainer Fa 223 (E)
Utility Fa 61Fw 61Fw 186Fa 223 (CDZ)
Unpowered Aircraft
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