The Naranjero (orange carrier) was a flying wing cargo aircraft designed by the great Reimar Horten in Argentina. Horten had emigrated to Argentina after WW2 and he continued to produce stunning flying wing designs there in a more humble way. The idea behind this aircraft, it seems, came in the early 1950′s when the Ministro del Aire (Air Minister) Gral. Ojeda proposed to R.Horten the design of a cargo glider to take oranges from a remote place -the minister’s home, in fact- to Buenos Aires. Reimar evolved that idea into a mixed construction four-piston engined low operating costs flying wing (of course) aircraft. The I.Ae 38 suffered a protracted development and did no fly until 1960 due to technical problems and the usual lack of money and direction in the Argentina of that era. In the end only one prototype was made; there were cheaper and more available aircraft.
Magnificent front view of the I.Ae 38, its name was certainly unromanric ….. its shape sure wasn’t.