The Ar.232 was a uniquely styled transport aircraft. The first prototype flew in 1941 powered by two 1,192kW BMW 801MA radial engines. It is believed that only 18 to 20 further aircraft were built as Ar.232As or B-0s and Ar.232Bs, most of which were powered by four 894kW BMW Bramo 323R-2 radials and carried a crew of four and about 4,500kg of cargo (including vehicles).
Ar.232s, including the prototypes, served with the Luftwaffe from 1942 until 1944. A unique feature of the design was its landing gear: a retractable main nosewheel type gear and a secondary gear of ten pairs of smaller wheels on shorter legs situated under the fuselage. The latter were normally off the ground but took the weight of the aircraft during loading and unloading when the main undercarriage legs were reduced in length to facilitate cargo handling.
| MODEL||Ar 232|
| ENGINE||4 x 1193kW BMW 801MA radial engines flew in 1941.|
| Take-off weight||21135 kg||46595 lb|
| Empty weight||12802 kg||28224 lb|
| Wingspan||33.50 m||110 ft 11 in|
| Length||23.52 m||77 ft 2 in|
| Height||5.69 m||19 ft 8 in|
| Wing area||142.60 m2||1534.93 sq ft|
| Ceiling||8000 m||26250 ft|
| Range||1060 km||659 miles|
|A three-view drawing (800 x 606)|
There were indeed 11 pairs of smaller wheels and whilst the prototype and early twin engined machines were powered by the BMW 801 engine, the insatiable demand of the Fw190 for this unit meant that all future four engine machines were flown with the 1,200 h.p. BMW-Bramo 323R 9 cylinder radial.
|John Paul Withill, 29.11.2012|
Hi - I like this plane - how many troops could it carry ???
|mordechai dessaur, 08.02.2012|
I would very much like to know the capabilities of this aircraft, how many people it could carry and what kind of vehicles or other cargo.
Thank you in advance
Fondly nicknamed the "Tausendfussler" (millipede), for obvious reasons.
Wonder HOW did they :
- product these planes
IN TRUE WA CONDITIONS !........and without the ......."Bill Gates miracles" called ?!
Or I think they did/made them EXACTLY because there were ZERO "mirlacles" like the ones up-mentioned :-))))
Please, eleven pairs of supplementary wheels, not ten !
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?