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Arado Ar 65

Manufacturer: Arado
First flight: 1931
Primary user: Luftwaffe
Produced: 1931-1936
Number built: 85

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 Dxberitz 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.

Variants

Ar 65a : Prototype, powered by a 559 kW (750 hp) BMW VI 7.3 12-cylinder water-cooled engine. First flight in 1931.
Ar 65b : Prototype, similar to the 65a but with minor structural changes.
Ar 65c : Prototype, similar to the 65b but with minor structural changes.
Ar 65d : Production model.
Ar 65e : Similar to the 65d, but with the removal of the vertical fuselage magazine of six 10 kg (22 lb) bombs.
Ar 65f : Final production model. Similar to the 65e.

Operators

Bulgaria
Germany

Specifications (Ar 65f)

Data from

General characteristics

Crew: one
Length: 8.40 m (27 ft 7 in)
Wingspan: 11.20 m (36 ft 9 in)
Height: 3.42 m (11 ft 3 in)
Wing area: 23 m (248 ft)
Empty weight: 1,550 kg (3,418 lb)
Loaded weight: 1,970 kg (4,344 lb)
Powerplant: 1 x BMW VI 7.3 water-cooled engine, 559 kw (750 hp)

Performance

Maximum speed: 300 km/h (186 mph)
Service ceiling: 7,600 (24,935)

Armament

2 x 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 17 machine guns

Related development

Arado Ar 64

Comparable aircraft

Heinkel He 43

Green, William, and Gordon Swanborough, The Complete Book of Fighters (Salamander Books, 2002)

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