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Arado Ar 64


Arado Ar 64
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fighter
one
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
9/29/1930
1931






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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