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Arado Ar 196

The Ar.196 monoplane was a development of the Ar.95 and the first prototype flew in 1938. Following a number of pre-production aircraft, production proper began with twenty Ar.196A-1, which were delivered from mid-1939. Production continued with A-2 to A-5 versions and a few modified single-float Ar.196B, the number of aircraft produced totalling about 435. Ar.196 seaplanes were operational with the German Navy in reconnaissance, patrol and anti-submarine roles throughout World War II and were for many years the standard catapult sea-plane of the Navy, up to four being carried on board some battleships.

Arado Ar 196

 ENGINE1 x BMW 132K, 705kW
    Take-off weight3600 kg7937 lb
    Empty weight1265 kg2789 lb
    Wingspan12.4 m41 ft 8 in
    Length11.0 m36 ft 1 in
    Height4.5 m15 ft 9 in
    Wing area28.3 m2304.62 sq ft
    Max. speed315 km/h196 mph
    Cruise speed268 km/h167 mph
    Ceiling6600 m21650 ft
    Range w/max.fuel1080 km671 miles
    Range w/max.payload820 km510 miles
 ARMAMENT2-3 machine-guns, cannon, 100kg of bombs

Arado Ar 196A three-view drawing (800 x 520)

Barry, 17.01.2013

Including those manufactured by SNCA in St Nazaire France, and those by Fokker in Amsterdam total production was 593 aircraft. The Luftwaffe Bordfliegerstaffeln were tasked with providing reconnaissance aircraft for the Kriegsmarine and so it was that the Ar196 beat the Fw62 in the competition to fulfill this role. The Ar 196 was to be found on German capital ships such as the "Admiral Graff Spee", "Admiral Scheer" and the "Deutchland" to name but three. The first notable use was on aboard the Graff Spee which was scuttled in Montevideo harbour after being trapped there by a Royal Navy cruiser squadron in the famous Battle of the River Plate. One example was captured and sent to the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at Helensburg after the capture of the "Admiral Hipper" in Norway. The Ar196 was also used by Bulgaria (as already noted) Finland and Rumania.

Ernie Ford, 05.12.2011

While I was in the army in Germany 1952 a German mechanic told me he had been in the navy based in Boulogne during 1940. He said an Arado rescue seaplane bearing white markings had been shot up by a Brit plane while rescuing a downed airman. He said, "why would they do that? It picked up your airmen as well." Recently it was mentioned in a documentary on tv. I just wondered what model it would have been as those for the time seem to be single seaters.

jmvs, 12.07.2011

O couraçado Bismark levava 4 desses aviões abordo para reconhecimento.

Gerhard Katz, 04.03.2011

This Arado-Model could not carry a torpedo, only the armament listed above.
In detail: 1x7,92mm MG 15, 1x7,92 MG 17
2x20mm MG FF, 2xBomb 50 kg.

Ron Patten, 05.07.2010

I'm looking for a set of drawings that I can use to build a model with.

Michael Totoris, 17.04.2010

Couldn't this plane also carry a torpedo?

Baron von Peterhoven, 01.03.2008

This is a blueprint in bulgarian markings

juliy hristov, 28.05.2007

This aircraft on the pictures is with bulgarian cocard.We use them until 1955.The last one wos in navy museum in my home town Varna. Now from mid 90"s it is in aviation museum in Plovdiv.

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