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Ar.232

Transport Aircraft

Arado

Arado 232

Ar.232 "Tausendfüßler" - one of the first truly modern cargo aircraft, designed and built by firm Arado Flugzeugwerke during World War II.

Specifications
Ar.232 A-0 Ar.232 B-0
Crew 4-5
Dimenshions
Wing span, m 32.00 33.50
Wing area, m² 138.0 142.6
Length, m 23.52 23.6
Height, m 6.60 5.69
Power Plant
Engines 2 x PE BMW-801 4 x PE BMW-Bramo 323R-2 Fafnir
Power, h.p. 2 х 1,600 (1175 kW) 4 х 1,200 (885 kW)
Weight, kg:
Empty 11,135 12780
Normal weight 16,100 20,000
Max takeoff weight 18,600 21,150
Performance
Max speed, km/h at alt Н=4000m 308 305
Cruise speed, km/h at alt H=2000m 290
Service range, km 1,500 1,300
Max rate of climb, m/min 475 285
Service celling, m 7,600 6,900
Loading 2,000 kg of cargo or 8 infantry 6,000 kg of cargo or 24 infantry
Armament
1 × 13 mm (.51 in) MG 131 machine gun mounted in the nose with 500 cart.;
1 × 20 mm MG 151/20 autocannon mounted in an Elektrische Drehlafette EDL 151 dorsal turret;
1-2 × 13 mm (.51 in) MG 131 machine gun mounted in the rear position

Added armament: 8 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 34 machine guns mounted in side windows when transporting infantry.

References

  • "Aviation of Luftwaffe" /Viktor Shunkov/
  • "Warplanes of the Luftwaffe. Combat aircraft of Hitler's Luftwaffe 1939-1945" /Edited by David Donald/
  • "Encyclopedia of military equipment" /Aerospace Publising/
  • "Military aviation" CD Media 2000

Photo Description

Drawing Arado 232A-0. The power plant consists of two engines, BMW 801 capacity of 1600 hp.

Drawing Arado 232B-0. Power Plant - four engines BMW-Bramo 323R-2 Fafnir, capacity 4 x 1200 hp.

Arado 232A-0.

Arado 232B-0.

Arado 232B-0 before loading.

Arado 232А-0 before takeoff


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