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Arado Ar 64

Arado Ar 64
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Jupiter 9 cyl. radial
530 hp
2,670 lbs.
3,700 lbs.
2 - 7.9 mm
27' 8"
32' 6"
120 mph
150 mph
720 fpm
15,000 feet
400 miles

Arado Ar 64 series aircraft were the first fighter aircraft to go into production in Germany after WW1.

The Ar 64 was a biplane with a lower wing smaller than its upper wing. They had a fuselage frame made from steel tubing with fabric covering, and fabric covered wings made from wood.

The first Ar 64 aircraft were powered by radial engines. The first prototype used a Jupiter VI engine putting out some 530 hp. It turned a four bladed propeller made by bolting a pair of two bladed props together, one in front of the other.

Two initial prototype aircraft were flight tested. They flew in competition with the Fokker D 8 and Heinkel HD 38. They tested sufficiently well to be approved for mass production.

Two Ar64b prototype fighters were produced using a BMW VI engine producing 640 hp. The engine had 12 cylinders in a V configuration.

Three Ar 64c prototype fighter aircraft were built. These used the 530 hp radial engine, but had some minor structural differences from prior designs.

Ar 64d aircraft used a conventional four bladed propeller driven by a geared Jupiter VI radial engine, stronger landing gear, and a larger vertical stabilizer. Four Ar 64d aircraft were produced.

A total of sixteen Ar 64 e fighter aircraft were built. They incorporated changes made to prior models and used the non-geared Jupiter VI engine with two bladed props. They were used primarily as training aircraft.

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