A German Arado Ar seaplane, which was lost on February 28, , at a depth of about meters between Naxos and Ikaria islands in the Aegean Sea, . This page details the development and operational history of the Arado Ar Shipborn Reconnaissance Floatplane including technical specifications and. The Arado Ar aircraft of the German battleship Bismarck.

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Shakedown tests left naval araco very pleased and by JuneArado began delivering the first production floatplanes designated Ar A-1 to the fleet. In addition to the German Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine, Romania and Bulgaria also used the aircraft in limited numbers. This little plane enabled the capital ships to scout ahead at distances of over a few hundred kilometers, increasing the effectiveness of the raiding party.

Archived from the original PDF on 14 February Byit was found that the He 60’s performance was lacking and the RLM asked Heinkel to design its replacement. This series was comprised of the A-1 and A-4 models.

Owing to its good handling on water, the Finnish Air Force utilized Ar s just for transporting and supplying special forces patrols behind enemy lines, landing on small lakes in remote areas.


Focke-Wulf responded as well and submitted a biplane design. This is not the most famous German aircraft of the war but the Ar served ably, if quietly, nearly everywhere that German forces put to sea.

Arado Ar 196 A-5

This xrado the Arado better performance than any of the others, and the RLM ordered four prototypes. The plane was loved by its pilotswho found that it handled well both in the air and on the water. During the fall ofthe Reichs Air Ministry RLM Technical Office released a specification that called for a 2-seat aircraft powered by a single horsepower engine with either a single- or a twin-float arrangement.

Another aircraft is ardo to lie in the Jonsvatneta lake near Trondheim in Norway.

Later, srado would show that the Arado was destined to become one of the finest floatplane designs of the war. Inthe Kriegsmarine looked for a standardized shipboard reconnaissance aircraft. Retrieved 13 February Arxdo its heavy armament of two forward firing 20 mm cannons, twin 7. Basic armament consisted of varying quantities of 20mm cannons and 7. The HMS “Seal” was sewing mines in a narrow waterway called the Kattegat when it struck one of its own mines.

Overall, Ar s 15 prototypes and production models were built before production ended in Augustabout of these from SNCA and Fokker plants.

However, conservative elements in the Technical Office continued to favor biplanes over monoplanes aeado awarded Focke-Wulf a contract for two, more conservative, Fw 62 aircraft. Production would be handled throughout Germany and in the Axis-held territories of France and Denmark.


This type served through the Spanish Civil War and had excellent seagoing performance but it was slow, weakly armed, and very vulnerable by the start of World War II. Relative Maximum Speed Rating.

Arado Ar 196

Biplanes, Triplanes, and Seaplanespg. In addition to reconnaissance, the Arado also served a multitask role, including sea-rescues, coastal patrols, inserting agents behind enemy coastal lines, and even in combat situations. It was towed out of the fishing lanes to shallower waters about 11 meters. By wars end, several variants had been produced and it was also the last fighting floatplane to be built in Europe.

Graph average of miles-per-hour. The floatplane could also haul a 50 kg lb bomb under each wing.

Arado Ar – Wikipedia

This entry’s maximum listed speed mph. At Dassow a spare parts depot was recovered also. Tthe RLM finally terminated production in August The Arados projected the battlecruiser’s “eyes” hundreds of miles to look for prospective targets.

The plane proved to have only slightly better performance than the He 60, and its sea-handling was poor.