In the Second World War a manufacturer of great importance, largely in connection with production of aircraft for other companies,
Arado Ar 68
Ar 68
but also in the development and production of its own types. Originated in early 1917 with creation of Werfte Warnemiinde der Flugzeugbaus Friedrichshafen as a subsidiary of Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen GmbH. Aircraft work ceased in 1918, but the factory was acquired 1921 by
Arado Ar 66
Ar 66
Hugo Stinnes, and was briefly engaged in shipbuilding. In 1924 Walter Rethel (formerly with Kondor and Fokker) joined as designer, and Stinnes created a Yugoslav subsidiary named Ikarus.

Arado Handelsgesellschaft mbH established 1925. SI trainer biplane flown that year, followed by other
Arado Ar 95
trainers, SD II and III fighters, and civil aircraft, notably VI of 1928 (high-wing transport) and LII light cabin monoplane. Walter Blume (formerly with Albatros) appointed chief engineer 1932; name Arado Flugzeugwerke adopted March 4,1933. Ar 68 was Luftwaffe's first fighter; Ar
Arado Ar 196
Ar 196
66 trainer also delivered in quantity. Notable designs thereafter were Ar 80 monoplane fighter; Ar 95 multipurpose aircraft and torpedo- carrier; Ar 196 ship's catapult floatplane, extensively used in Second World War; Ar 231 experimental submarine- borne monoplane; Ar 232 military transport,
Arado Ar 234 Blitz
Ar.234 "Blitz"
remarkable for unique multiwheel landing gear, Ar 240 heavy fighter/light bomber; and, most significant of all, Ar 234 jet-propelled single-seater, built both with two and four turbojets and tested initially with jettisonable wheeled takeoff trolley. Used for reconnaissance and bombing, the Ar 234 was the world's first jet bomber and the second jetpropelled aircraft to enter service.

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