torstai 25. elokuuta 2016

Arado AR 65

The Arado Ar 65 was the single-seat biplane fighter successor to the Ar 64. Both looked very similar. The only major difference was the use of the 12-cylinder inline versus the 64's radial. The wingspan was also increased.

The Ar 65 appeared in 1931 and six models were built. The first three 65a-c were the prototypes while the 65d-f were the production models. The Ar 65d was delivered in 1933 and served alongside the Ar 64 in the two fighter groups - Fliegergruppe Döberitz and Fliegergruppe Damm. In 1935, the Ar 65 was reduced to a training aircraft. Production of the fighter was discontinued in 1936. 

But the next year, 12 of them were presented to Germany's ally - the Royal Bulgarian Air Force. The final production total was 85 aircraft.

General characteristics Ar 65E
Crew: 1
Length: 8.4011 m 
Wingspan: 11.20 m 
Height: 3.4227 m 
Wing area: 23 m2 
Empty weight: 1,510 kg 
Gross weight: 1,930 kg 
Powerplant: 1 × BMW VI 7.3 liquid-cooled V-12 piston engine, 560 kW (750 hp) 
for take-off, 372.85 kW (500 hp) continuous maximum power
Maximum speed: 300 km/h  at 1,650 m 
Cruising speed: 246 km/h at 1,400 m 
Service ceiling: 7,600 m 
Rate of climb: 10.60 m/s 
Time to altitude: 1,000 m, in 1.5 minutes 5,000 m in 10.6 minutes

Guns: 2 × 7.92 mm MG 17 machine guns with 500 rpg.

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