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Thursday, May 12th 2011, 5:39pm

Concurrent with the Paris Air Show

The Arado display at the 1940 Paris Air Show had a mock-up of the Arado 232 military transport. The sales brochure provided additional details on the design and performance of the aircraft, which is expected to enter tests in the forthcoming year.

Technical Description

High wing cantilever monoplane. All metal structure. Wing in three sections, comprising a centre section which carries the engine nacelles and tail booms at its extremities and supports the central fuselage; and two outer sections. Ailerons and flaps on outer section.

The central fuselage, of all metal construction, accommodates the flight deck and main hold. Two all-metal booms extending aft from engine nacelles carry the tail unit. Booms are interchangeable.

Monoplane type tail unit with twin fins and rudders. Fins are integral with the tail-booms, tailplane unites the two booms. All-metal structure with metal covered fixed surfaces and fabric covered rudders and elevators. Thermal anti-icing for tailplane and fins.

Retractable tricycle type undercarriage. Main wheels raised into undersides of engine nacelle extensions, nose wheel into nose of central fuselage. Single main wheels each sprung by two oleo shock absorber units, nose wheel by half fork unit. Electric retraction. Hydraulic wheel brakes.

Two 2,100 hp Brandenburgische Motorenbau 328 eighteen cylinder air-cooled engines in interchangeable nacelles. Four bladed VDM constant speed full feathering airscrews. Fuel tanks carried in the wing centre section between spars. Capacity 5,000 litres.

Pilot's compartment seats two side by side in nose of central fuselage. Navigator and wireless operator's positions behind pilots, with flight engineer’s folding seat on rear bulkhead. Main hold has unobstructed cargo space for its entire length. Main loading doors at rear of compartment hinge outward to full cross section of hold. Doors can be removed for paradropping of large loads. Smaller doors for personnel use at front and rear of hold. Adjustable ramps permit vehicles and other heavy loads directly into hold. Floor is parallel to ground and is at the height of a standard truck floor to permit rapid loading operations under all conditions. Tie down fittings located at centre of 50cm squares over the entire floor area. Provision for up to forty-eight troop seats, thirty-six paratroops or 7,000 kg of cargo.

Span 32.76 metres, length 21.94 metres, height 6.09 metres. Weight empty 8,400 kg; maximum takeoff weight 20,500 kg.

Maximum speed 420 kph at 4,500 metres, cruising speed 320 kph at 4,500 metres. Service ceiling 7,800 metres. Range with 7,000 kg payload 2,000 kilometres, maximum range 3,700 kilometres.