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Arado Ar 68

Nazi Germany (1934)
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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.


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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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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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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Origin: Nazi Germany
Year: 1934
Type: Biplane Fighter Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Arado Flugzeugwerke - Germany
Production: 511
Status: Retired, Out-of-Service
Global Operators:
Nazi Germany; Spain
Historical Commitments / Honors:

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Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
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Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Arado Ar 68G model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
31.17 ft


Meters
9.5 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
36.09 ft


Meters
11 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
10.76 ft


Meters
3.28 m


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
5,456 lb


Kilograms
2,475 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x BMW VI liquid-cooled V-type engine developing 750 horsepower.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
190 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
305 kph


Knots
165 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
258 mi


Kilometers
415 km


Nautical Miles
224 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
26,575 ft


Meters
8,100 m


Miles
5.03 mi

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (0):

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.