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Arado Ar Projekt II


Nightfighter / All-Weather Fighter Proposal


Nazi Germany | 1945



"The proposed Arado Projeckt II of wartime Germany was to feature a crew of two in a pressurized cabin complete with ejection seats."



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The Arado Ar Projekt II was a proposed jet-powered fighter of considerable size. It carried a basic classification of nightfighter / all-weather fighter and appeared in paper form towards the end of the European Campaign. The aircraft featured several cutting-edge design aspects that included swept-back wings, wing-mounted jet engines, a pressurized crew cabin (complete with side-by-side seating for two and ejection seats) and a retractable tricycle landing gear system. The main gears would recess into the tubular fuselage while the nose gear disappeared just under the cockpit seating area.

Design was traditional in the jet-fighter sense with an aerodynamic featureless fuselage. The engines were mounted under each wing just past the wing roots and would have been either 2 x HeS 011A series or 2 x BMW 003A series turbojet engines (a performance speed of 466 miles per hour was estimated). Wings were monoplanes and shoulder-mounted high up on the fuselage just aft of the cockpit. The fuselage ended in a point with tail planes also featuring swept back design and a single vertical tail surface. Armament was intended to be 4 x MK 108 series 30mm cannons with two mounted high on the nose and two mounted underneath the nose.

In all, the Arado Ar Projekt II was an ambitious undertaking that most likely would have been limited by Reich production capabilities and turbojet technology. At least on paper, the Projekt II was a promising look into the future of jet-powered air combat and nothing was spared in its design by Arado. The fact that this aircraft (and most other German jet aircraft designs of the time) never even saw prototype construction was a benefit to the Allies and then some.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Arado Ar Projekt II Nightfighter / All-Weather Fighter Proposal.
2 x HeS 011A OR 2 x BMW 003A-1 turbojet engines.
Propulsion
466 mph
750 kph | 405 kts
Max Speed
Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Arado Ar Projekt II Nightfighter / All-Weather Fighter Proposal.
2
(MANNED)
Crew
56.8 ft
17.30 m
O/A Length
49.1 ft
(14.98 m)
O/A Width
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Arado Ar Projekt II Nightfighter / All-Weather Fighter Proposal .
PROPOSED:
2 x MK 108 30mm cannons in upper nose assembly.
2 x MK 108 30mm cannons in lower nose assembly.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Arado Ar Projekt II family line.
Projekt II - Development Series Designation.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Arado Ar Projekt II. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 0 Units

Contractor(s): Arado Flugzeugwerke - Germany
National flag of modern Germany National flag of Nazi Germany

[ Nazi Germany (cancelled / abandoned) ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 500mph
Lo: 250mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (466mph).

Graph Average of 375 MPH.
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ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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