Arado AR232



Arado AR232


Photo 1 is a port side view of an AR232 on the ground. It was designed as a medium sized transporter.
Photo 2 is a starboard side flying view of an AR232.




Two b/w photographs on an album page


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Arado AR 232.

In the autumn of 1939, the Technische Amt of the RLM finalised a specification calling for a medium sized general transport successor for the Junkers 52/3m. Arado and Henschel were asked to submit designs using two BMW 801 radial engines, rear loading capacity & truck bed height freight floor with sufficient clearance between ground & tail assembly to permit direct loading or discharge of cargo between aircraft hold & truck. The Arado project embodied a multi wheel static undercarriage comprising 11 pairs of small idler wheels along the fuselage centreline, the aircraft resting on these for loading and unloading. The aircraft was intended to be capable of taxying at low speeds on its 11 pairs of small wheels. Because of its undercarriage it became known as Tausendfussler (Millipede). Powered by two BMW 801’s 14 cylinder radial engines the AR 232V1 was flown for the first time in the summer of 1941. The AR232 V1 & V2 were transferred to the Luftwaffe in the autumn of 1942, & during the following winter flew operations to the hard pressed German 6th Army in Stalingrad.



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