Arado Ar 68
1934
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Arado Ar 68

Five prototypes of this new and improved single-seat fighter biplane appeared in 1933, powered by BMW VI or Junkers Jumo 210 engines. The first version to enter production and service (1936) was the Ar.68F, powered by the BMW engine, followed after a small production run by the superior 514kW Jumo Da- or Ea-engined Ar.68E. Prototype Ar.65G and H versions were subsequently built, of which only the supercharged 533.4kW BMW 132 Da-engined 'H' was fully developed. But even this failed to enter production despite having four machine-guns and an enclosed cockpit for the pilot. A few Ar.68 remained operational as night fighters during the first months of World War II and were the Luftwaffe's last operational biplane fighters.

Arado Ar 68


Specification 
 CREW1
 ENGINE1 x Jumo 210Ea, 505kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight2020 kg4453 lb
    Empty weight420 kg926 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan11.0/8.0 m36 ft 1 in / 26 ft 3 in
    Length9.5 m31 ft 2 in
    Height3.3 m11 ft 10 in
    Wing area27.3 m2293.85 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed335 km/h208 mph
    Cruise speed280 km/h174 mph
    Ceiling8100 m26600 ft
    Range w/max.fuel500 km311 miles
 ARMAMENT2 machine-guns, 60kg of bombs

3-View 
Arado Ar 68A three-view drawing (1000 x 708)

Comments
Barry, 05.01.2010

The choice of engine was influenced by the availability. Rethel wanted the Jumo 210 but other manufacturers had claims before Arado so they had to settle on the BMW VI until supplies of the former were more readily available. The advent of the Bf109 was the writing on the wall for the biplane fighter and thus the Ar68 was the last such type to fly with the Luftwaffe. Just prior to this decision the Ar68H was flown using the BMW 132Da radial, a license built Pratt and Whitney Hornet, this engine offered a very much improved performance (max speed 400 km/h)but it was all too late.

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