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Arado Ar 231


Arado Ar 231 Prototype U-boat reconnaissance seaplane

Service Data

In Service: 1941 to 1945

Production Data

First Flight: 1941
Manufacturer: Arado
Number built: 6

Technical Data

Type: Prototype U-boat reconnaissance seaplane

Crew: 1 man
Length: 7.81 m
Wingspan: 10.18 m
Wing area: 15.2 m²
Height: 3.12 m
Empty: 833 kg
Loaded: 1,050 kg
Engine: 1 × Hirth Motoren HM 501 6 cylinder air cooled inverted inline engine producing up to 160 hp
Maximum speed: 170 km/h
Range: 500 km
Service ceiling: 3,000 m
Operators: Luftwaffe
Ar 231 V-1
Ar 231 V-2
Ar 231 V-3
Ar 231 V-4
Ar 231 V-5
Ar 231 V-6

Other: Prototypes


The Arado Ar 231 was a fold wing U-boat reconnaissance aircraft prototype Designed to be used on U-boats but proved to be unstable on the water and was abandoned in favor of the Focke Achgelis Fa 330 helicopters,


Arado Ar 231 Prototype U-boat reconnaissance seaplane picture 2
Arado Ar 231 Prototype U-boat reconnaissance seaplane picture 3
Arado Ar 231 Prototype U-boat reconnaissance seaplane picture 4

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