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Arado Ar 68

Biplane Fighter Aircraft

Arado Ar 68

Biplane Fighter Aircraft

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



By the time World War 2 was in full swing in 1939, the Arado Ar 68 was relegated to pilot trainer - succeeded as a frontline fighter by the Messerschmitt Bf 109.
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ORIGIN: Nazi Germany
YEAR: 1934
STATUS: Retired, Out-of-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Arado Flugzeugwerke - Germany
PRODUCTION: 511
OPERATORS: Nazi Germany; Spain
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Arado Ar 68 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 31.17 feet (9.5 meters)
WIDTH: 36.09 feet (11 meters)
HEIGHT: 10.76 feet (3.28 meters)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 5,456 pounds (2,475 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x BMW VI liquid-cooled V-type engine developing 750 horsepower.
SPEED (MAX): 190 miles-per-hour (305 kilometers-per-hour; 165 knots)
RANGE: 258 miles (415 kilometers; 224 nautical miles)
CEILING: 26,575 feet (8,100 meters; 5.03 miles)




ARMAMENT



2 x 7.92mm MG 17 forward-firing fixed machine guns.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Ar 68V-1 - Prototype Model; fitted with BMW V1 engine.
• Ar 68B
• Ar 68E - Fitted with Jumo 210Da two-stage supercharged engine of 610hp.
• Ar 68G - Fitted with BMW VI 750hp engine.
• Ar 68H - Experimental Variant; single example constructed; enclosed cockpit; fitted with BMW 132 air-cooled engine.


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Arado Ar 68 Biplane Fighter Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 11/9/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Arado-production of the Ar 68 signaled a stepping stone for fighter design in the German Luftwaffe. With the air force branch still held in secret from the rest of the world, the Luftwaffe quietly set about building up their force with the Ar 68 becoming one of their earliest inductees. The Arado Ar 68 would appear in 1934 in both prototype and - later - production forms, the system would be generally outclassed by the time the war was in bull outbreak in 1939. As a result, the Ar 68 would see more service as a pilot trainer than anything close to a combat fighter aircraft.

The Ar 68 was still a biplane design in 1934, complete with an open cockpit, twin forward-firing guns in a fixed position and fixed landing gears. In ways, the system resembled the production of the British Hawker Hurricane with the exception that the Hurricane came through as a monoplane design. Taking one look at the profile of the Ar 68 and one can easily envision the system as a monoplane design itself.




The Ar 68 design resulted in a variety of forms, many replacing the initial engine with other more powerful and more capable builds. One variant of note became the Ar 68 "H" model which, in fact, did feature an enclosed cockpit. This variant was limited to a single production model and that one model was itself labeled "experimental". Armament for all Ar 68's consisted of twin MG 17 machine guns of the traditional German 7.92mm caliber.




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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (190mph).

    Graph average of 150 miles-per-hour.
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Graph showcases the Arado Ar 68G's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
511
511

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
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A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue