Arado Ar 232
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Arado Ar 232

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.

Arado Ar 232

 MODELAr 232
 ENGINE4 x 1193kW BMW 801MA radial engines flew in 1941.
    Take-off weight21135 kg46595 lb
    Empty weight12802 kg28224 lb
    Wingspan33.50 m110 ft 11 in
    Length23.52 m77 ft 2 in
    Height5.69 m19 ft 8 in
    Wing area142.60 m21534.93 sq ft
    Ceiling8000 m26250 ft
    Range1060 km659 miles

Arado Ar 232A three-view drawing (800 x 606)

Barry, 17.01.2013

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

AJVM, 23.09.2011

Fondly nicknamed the "Tausendfussler" (millipede), for obvious reasons.

klaus, 04.09.2009

Wonder HOW did they :
- design
- prototipe
- 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 :-))))

CHEN, 11.10.2007


Bruce, 27.03.2007

Please, eleven pairs of supplementary wheels, not ten !

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