Arado Ar 240
1942
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Arado Ar 240

Intended to be produced as a high-speed and high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft, night fighter and bomber, the first prototype flew in May 1940. Further prototypes and pre-production aircraft were completed and tested - most as reconnaissance aircraft but including examples for other roles - until 15 aircraft had been built. With no decision as to the best lole lor the aircraft, the programme was terminated in late 1942, just prior to the expected production run. A few completed aircraft were taken into service by the Luftwaffe and used on the Eastern Front. Maximum level speed of the ninth aircraft, powered by two 1,304kW Daimler-Benz 603A-2 engines, was 73Okm/h.

Arado Ar 240

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Francis Maigné, 21.12.2009

Ar 240
Bimoteur polyvalent, biplace en tandem sous verrière, dos à dos, monoplan aile mi-basse, bidérive, empennage horizontal classique cantilever, train d'atterrissage, à diabolos, et roulette de queue escamotables. Construction métallique. 2 moteurs de 12 cylindres en V inversés Daimler Benz 601A de 2 x 1075 cv, (2150 cv), hélices tripales métalliques à pas variable, E: 14,33 m, L: 11,55 m, H: 3,95 m, Sa: 31,30 m². 1er vol: 10/05/1940, 2 prototypes, 1 troisième prototype dont le fuselage allongé de 1,25 m, (12m 80 m), et équipé de 2 mt MG 17 de 7,92 m/m dand l'emplanture de la voilure et de 2 barbettes FA 13, 1 dorsale et 1 ventra- le, avec chacune 2 mt MG 81 de 7,92 m/m.
Ar 240A : Version de série: Bimoteur polyvalent, biplace en tandem sous verrière, dos à dos, monoplan aile mi-basse, bidérive, empennage horizontal classique cantilever, train d'atterrissage, à diabolos, et roulette de queue escamotables. Cons- truction métallique. 2 moteurs de 12 cylindres en V inversés Daimler Benz DB 601E de 2 x 1175 cv, (2350 cv), 1 appareil avec 2 moteurs en étoile Bmw 801TJ de 2 x 1880 cv, (3760 cv), 1 autre avec 2 moteurs DB 603A de 2 x 1750 cv, (3500 cv), hélices tripa les métalliques à pas variable, E: 14,33 m, L: 12,80 m, H: 3,95 m, Sa: 31,30 m², Pv: 6200 Kg, Ptc: 9450 Kg, C/a: 301,916 Kg/m² , P/p: 4,021Kg/cv, Vm: 620 Kmh à 6000 m, Vc: 555 Kmh à 6000 m, Vasc.: 6000 m en 11 mn, Pl: 10500 m, Ra: 2000 Km, 2 mt MG 17 de 7,92 m/m dans l'emplanture de l'aile et 2 barbettes FA 13, dorsale et ventrale avec chacune 2 Mg 81 de 7,92 m/m.
10/1942.
Ar 240B : Version avec 2 moteurs Daimler Benz DB 605A de 2 x 1475 cv, (2950 cv), Pv: 6950 Kg, Ptc: 8900 Kg, Vm: 630 Kmh à 6055 m, Vc: 580 Kmh à 6055 m, Ra: 1910 Km.
Ar 240C : Version avec une nouvelle voilure au profil modifié, 2 moteurs de 12 cylindres en ligne inversés Daimler Benz DB 603A-2 de 2 x 1750 cv, (3500 cv), avec dispositif de surpuissance, Vm: 676 Kmh, 4 canons de nez MG 151/20 de 20 m/m et 2 barbettes de, chacune, 2 mt MG 131 de 13 m/m, 2 canons MG 151 dans un carénage ventral.

leo rudnicki, 10.04.2009

Jane's 1946 edition has a three view with ducted spinner but no one talked about it. The aircraft, like STEVEN, lacked stability.

Ben, 16.05.2008

Does anyone recall if it this kite or the Ar-440 that was initially turned out with ducted spinners? Further to that does anyone have any pics or 3 views available on-line?

Aero-Fox, 04.04.2008

Will you people STOP typing in all-caps, please? And double-posting? It's very hard to take you seriously.

STEVEN, 29.04.2007

I HEARD THAT TWO OF THIS AIRCRAFT WAS CONVERTED INTO A MISTEL WITH AN FW 190 ON THE TOP OF ITS AND LOADED WITH HIGH EXPLOSIVES TO DESTROYED A BRIDGE BEFORE IT BEING USED BY SOVIET TANK DIVISION ON MARCH 1945

STEVEN, 29.04.2007

I HEARD THAT TWO OF THIS AIRCRAFT WAS CONVERTED INTO A MISTEL WITH AN FW 190 ON THE TOP OF ITS AND LOADED WITH HIGH EXPLOSIVES TO DESTROYED A BRIDGE BEFORE IT BEING USED BY SOVIET TANK DIVISION ON MARCH 1945

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