Arado Ar 232

Arado Ar 232

infobox Aircraft
name =Ar 232
type =Transport
manufacturer =Arado

caption =
first flight =June 1941
introduction =1943
retired =1945
status =
primary user =Luftwaffe
more users =
produced =
number built =~20
unit cost =
developed from =
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The Arado Ar 232 "Tausendfüssler" (German:"Millipede") was the first truly modern transport aircraft, designed and built in small numbers by the German firm Arado during World War II. The design introduced almost all of the features now considered to be "standard" to modern transports, including a low-slung box-like fuselage, rear loading ramp, a high tail for easy access to the hold, and various features for operating from rough fields. Although the Luftwaffe was interested in replacing or supplanting their fleet of outdated Ju 52/3 m transports, they were overloaded with types at the time and did not purchase large numbers of the Ar 232.


The Ar 232 design led from a tender offered by the "Reichsluftfahrtministerium" (German Air Ministry, RLM) in late 1939 for a replacement for the Ju 52 transport. Both Arado and Henschel were asked for rear-loading designs powered by two of the 1,193 kW (1,600 hp) BMW 801A/B engine, which was just entering prototype production and not currently used on any frontline designs. The Arado design beat out Henschel's after an examination of the plans, and an order for three prototypes was placed in 1940.

Wilhelm van Nes led the design of the Ar 232. He began at the cargo area, with a bay directly behind the cockpit that extended 6.6 m (21 ft 7¾ in) to the rear, 2.3 m (7 ft 6½ in) wide and 2.0 m (6 ft 6¾ in) high. Typical designs of the era would use a side-mounted door for access, but the Ar 232 used hydraulically powered clamshell-doors on the rear of the bay with a ramp to allow cargo to be rolled into the hold. The tail control surfaces were mounted on the end of a long boom to keep the area behind the doors clear so trucks could drive right up to the ramp. This allowed the Ar 232 to be loaded and unloaded faster than other designs.

For short-field performance, the Ar 232 incorporated Arado's own "travelling flap" design for the entire rear surface of the wing. Even loaded to 16,000 kg (35,273 lb) the plane could take-off in 200 m (656 ft). This distance could be further reduced by using rocket assist (RATO) for take-off, and either parachutes or reverse RATO for landing. The most noticeable feature of the Ar 232 was the landing gear. Normal operations from prepared runways used tricycle gear, but the struts could "break", or kneel, after landing to place the fuselage closer to the ground and thereby reduce the ramp angle. An additional set of 11 smaller wheels per side supported the aircraft once "broken", or could be used for additional support when landing on soft or rough airfields. The aircraft was intended to be capable of taxiing at low speeds on its small wheels, thus being able to negotiate small obstacles such as ditches up to 1.5 m (5 ft) in width. The appearance of the row of small wheels led to the nickname "millipede". In flight the main legs fully retracted into the engine nacelles, while the support wheels remained extended and the nose wheel only semi-retracted.

Normally operated by a crew of four, the pilot was the only member without two jobs. The navigator operated a MG 131 machine gun in the nose, the radio operator an MG 151 cannon in a rotating turret on the roof, and the loadmaster an MG 131 machine gun firing rearward from the extreme rear of the cargo bay above the cargo doors.


Even before the prototypes were complete in 1941, the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 project had moved to the BMW 801A/B engine, and was proving to be a capable design. Production of the BMW 801 was insufficient to supply this new demand, and the Ar 232 was forced to use another engine. Eventually the BMW Bramo 323 from the Junkers Ju 352 was selected instead, as it was already in production and could meet requirements if the Ar 232 really did replace the Ju 52/3m in service. The prototypes were far enough along that switching engines would have seriously delayed the program, so the first two were to be completed as the Ar 232A, and the third and a newly ordered fourth as the Ar 232B. The prototypes (and all production aircraft) used four engines (in place of the two specified in the RLM specification) in order to provide the desired performance.

The first two prototypes, GH+GN and VD+YA, started trials in early 1941. The first flight resulted in the collapse of the nose gear, but the millipede wheels saved the plane from damage. A further ten pre-production machines were built, and were used operationally as the Ar 232A-0 while awaiting production versions. In general the Ar 232 completely outperformed the Ju 52/3 m. It carried roughly double the load over longer distances, operated from shorter runways and rougher fields if need be, and cruised about 70 km/h (44 mph) faster.

The Ar 232B program ran at the same time. With four 895 kW (1,200 hp) Bramo 323, the plane increased in power from 2,386 kW to 3,580 kW (3,200 hp to 4,800 hp), solving the A model's problem of having little excess power in case of engine failure. This change also required the wing to be extended slightly, the span rising just over 3 m (9 ft 10 in) in total. The extra weight of the engines also moved the center of gravity forward, which was offset by extending the cargo area rearward another meter.

Two prototypes were ordered, the V3 and V4, and V3 first flew in May 1942. A further 10 were then ordered as the Ar 232B-0, and were used widely in an operational role. However, this was the only order for the design, as the Luftwaffe gave transport aircraft production a very low priority. Many of those produced were used by Arado to transport aircraft parts among their factories, and did not see front-line service.

Plans were also made to replace the outer wing sections and control surfaces with wooden versions to conserve then-limited supplies of aluminium. Originally to be known as the Ar 232C, the design dragged on and was later re-named as the Ar 432. Plans were finally put into place to start production in October 1945, but the war ended without even a prototype being produced. Two even larger planned versions, the Ar 532 and the Ar 632, would have almost doubled the wingspan to 60 m (196 ft 10 in) and added another two engines.

Two of the B-0s were captured by the British at the end of the war. After test flights by Eric "Winkle" Brown, who gave the design excellent marks, they were used by the Royal Air Force on flights between England and Germany after the war.

pecifications (Ar 232B)

aircraft specifications
plane or copter?=plane
jet or prop?=prop
length main=23.52 m
length alt=77 ft 2 in
span main=33.50 m
span alt=109 ft 10¾ in
height main=5.69 m
height alt=18 ft 8 in
area main=142.60 m²
area alt=1,535 ft²
empty weight main=12,780 kg
empty weight alt=28,175 lb
loaded weight main=
loaded weight alt=
useful load main=
useful load alt=
max takeoff weight main=21,150 kg
max takeoff weight alt=46,628 lb
engine (prop)=BMW Bramo 323 R-2 Fafnir
type of prop=9-cylinder radial engine
number of props=4
power main=895 kW
power alt=1,200 hp
max speed main=308 km/h at 4,000 m
max speed alt=191 mph at 13,123 ft
cruise speed main=290 km/h at 2,000 m
cruise speed alt=180 mph at 6,561 ft
never exceed speed main=
never exceed speed alt=
stall speed main=
stall speed alt=
range main=1,062 km
range alt=660 miles
ceiling main=6,900 m
ceiling alt=22,640 ft
climb rate main=
climb rate alt=
loading main=
loading alt=
more performance=
* 1 x MG 131 machine gun mounted in the nose
* 1 x MG 151 cannon mounted in an EDL 151 dorsal turret
* 1 - 2 x MG 131 machine gun mounted in the rear positionand
* 8 x MG 34 machine guns mounted in side windows when transporting infantry

ee also


similar aircraft=

Ho 229 -
DFS 230 -
Ar 231 -Ar 232 -
Ar 233 -
Ar 234 -
Do 235

* List of World War II military aircraft of Germany
* List of military aircraft of Germany

see also=




* Green, William. "Warplanes of the Third Reich". London: Macdonald and Jane's Publishers Ltd., 1970 (fourth impression 1979). ISBN 0-356-02382-6.
* Myhra, David "Arado Ar 232: The Luftwaffe's Combat Zone Transport Aircraft in World War II". Atglen, PA: Schiffer Military History, 2002. ISBN 0-7643-1665-4.
* Smith J.R. and Kay, Anthony L. "German Aircraft of the Second World War". London: Putnam & Company Ltd., 1972. ISBN 0-370-00024-2.

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