Last updated: 31/01/2002
Arado Ar-80 V-2 (Source: Warplanes of the Third Reich)
the Arado company received the invitation of the RLM to participate in
the 1935 fighter competition its chief designer Walter Rethel had just
left the company to join Messerschmitt. So the Arado team was without
any experience in the design of all-metal aircraft or in retractable
was thought that the saving in weight as a result of the fixed
undercarriage would offset the added drag of the undercarriage legs.
They proved wrong.
Ar-80 was a all metal monoplane with a fixed undercarriage and an open
cockpit. It had a gull shaped wing.
Ar-80 V-1 was fitted with the Rolls Royce Kestrel engine because the
Jumo 210 was not yet ready. The V-2 was to be fitted with the Junkers
engine. As the first prototype crashed however the V-2 was also finished
with the Kestrel.
performance was very disappointing. Weight was excessive, being 16%
greater than anticipated. The maximum speed was only 410km/h. After
brief tests at Rechlin, the Arado company was informed that further
development was of no interest.
third prototype was finished in 1935 and served as a company test-bed
for flaps. It disposed of the gull shaped wing in an attempt to save
weight. This effort was too late however.
Arado Ar-80 V-2 (Source: Heinkel He-112 in action)