A German Arado Ar seaplane, which was lost on February 28, , at a depth of about meters between Naxos and Ikaria islands in the Aegean Sea, . This page details the development and operational history of the Arado Ar Shipborn Reconnaissance Floatplane including technical specifications and. The Arado Ar aircraft of the German battleship Bismarck.

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This little plane enabled the capital ships to scout ahead at distances of over a few hundred kilometers, increasing the effectiveness of the raiding party. The Ar prototypes were all delivered in summerV1 which flew in May and V2 with twin floats as A models, and V3 and V4 on a single float as B models.

Arado Ar 196 A-5

Collection Item Long Description: This production series comprised of the A-2 araro A-3 models. The next year it was selected as the winner of a design contest and became the standard aircraft of the Kriegsmarine German navy throughout World War II. Have A Passion For Aircraft? By the onset war, trials for the Arado had just entered its completion stage.

The aircraft was showcased in quantity on nearly every front that Germany was threatened – or was threatening – and fared well against Allied shipping convoys and even claimed numerous Allied aircraft along the way. The Arado Ar was the araeo combat floatplane built in Europe. It was obsolescent by the end of World War II but during the war, this airplane served Germany well in all theaters of operation.

With the loss of the German surface fleet, the A-1s were added to coastal squadrons and continued to fly reconnaissance missions and submarine hunts into late Two 20 mm 0. For further updates follow us on social media. The Ar C was a proposed aerodynamically-refined version. Vote for this Aircraft On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being your favorite.


Although it was no match for a fighter, it was considerably better than its Allied counterparts, and generally considered the best of its class. The Germans prepared a French factory at St.

Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities. The RLM araco canceled the Fw 62 when the Ar design showed clear superiority over its biplane rival.

Testing in the laboratory and on water did not conclusively prove that one configuration was significantly better than the other. Arado offered an advanced monoplane design designated the Ar and the RLM ordered four prototypes.

The final aravo version was the A-5 fromwhich changed radios and cockpit instrumentsand switched the rear gun to the much-improved MG 81Z. However, conservative elements in the Technical Office continued to favor biplanes over monoplanes and awarded Focke-Wulf a contract for two, more conservative, Fw 62 aircraft.

It was towed out of the fishing lanes to shallower waters about 11 meters. Biplanes, Triplanes, and Seaplanespg.

Only three Ar floatplanes still exist from the total production run of aircraft, excluding the prototypes and pre-production aircraft.

By the end ofFokker had become the primary builder. Drawn to the commotion, patrolling Arados attacked the sub with guns and bombs and inflicted such damage that the boat could not submerge. However, the twin floats had more stability when taxiing and maneuvering. In addition to the German Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine, Romania and Bulgaria also used the aircraft in limited numbers. This entry’s maximum listed speed mph. Images marked with “www. Arado delivered the first two prototypes during the summer of The first prototype was powered by the Daimler-Benz DB inline enginebut it was clear that supplies of this engine would be limited and the production versions turned to the BMW radial aardo instead.

Arado Ar Shipborn Reconnaissance Floatplane – Nazi Germany

The only stipulations were that it would use the BMWand they wanted prototypes in both twin-float and single-float configurations. This page was last edited on 8 Decemberat This is not the most famous German aircraft of the war but the Ar served ably, if quietly, nearly everywhere that German forces put to sea.


These operations typify the Arado floatplane’s roles and capabilities. With its heavy armament of two forward firing 20 mm cannons, twin 7. When the US Navy took custody of “Prinz Eugen,” they were more interested in the catapult system used to launch the floatplane rather than the Ar but they nonetheless saved the two floatplanes.

After an evaluation period, the Arado design was selected with development beginning in The ‘ Werk-Nummer serial number is however the Navy evidently repainted the airplane with markings copied from a different aircraft.

Arado Ar – history, photos, specification of the Arado Ar

A number of wartime German aircraft have arr196 recovered from the lake, but the Ar remains undisturbed as its crew were killed when it crashed there in and it has the status of a War Grave.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating. Most Arado were operated from coastal land bases where they carried out coastal patrols and anti-submarine patrols. This was followed by 20 A-1 production models starting in Juneenough to equip the surface fleet. Later, history would show that the Arado was destined to become one of the finest floatplane designs of the war. With a Ar96 request for a new shipboard catapult-launched reconnaissance floatplane with a secondary role as a coastal patrol platformArado submitted their design consisting of a two-seat monoplane with all-metal skin.

Weight and drag were comparable, too, so the RLM directed Arado to ready both types for production.