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11-22-2006, 03:32 PM
probably not since we have our wonderful "high resulution screens" but anyway


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11-23-2006, 06:44 AM
Dam... a jet bomber which saw service... and fast too. I read figures for 460MPH, that's pretty Sierra Hotel. Best plane in the addon IMO.

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11-23-2006, 06:50 AM


Specifications (Ar 234B-2)
General characteristics
Crew: 1
Length: 41 ft 6 in (12.6 m)
Wingspan: 46 ft 4 in (14.1 m)
Height: 14 ft 1 in (4.3 m)
Wing area: 284 ft?? (26.4 m??)
Empty weight: 11,500 lb (5,200 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 21,700 lb (9,850 kg)
Powerplant: 2?? Junkers Jumo 004B-1 turbojets, 4050 lbf (18 kN) each
Maximum speed: 461 mph (742 km/h)
Combat radius: 500 mi (800 km)
Service ceiling: 32,800 ft (10,000 m)
Rate of climb: 2,500 ft/min (12.7 m/s)
2x 20 mm MG 151 cannon rearward firing, not always fitted
Bombs 2x 500 kg (1,100 lb) or 1x 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) or 1x 1,400 kg (3,180 lb)


Background and prototypes
In early 1941 the RLM offered a tender for a jet powered high-speed reconnaissance aircraft with a range of 2150 km (1,340 miles). Arado was the only company to respond, offering their E.370 project, lead by Professor Walter Blume. This was a high-winged conventional-looking design with a Junkers Jumo 004 engine under each wing. The projected weight for the aircraft was approximately 8000 kg (17,640 lbs). In order to reduce the weight of the aircraft, and maximize the internal fuel Arado deleted the typical integrated landing gear and was to take off from a wheeled trolly and land via retractable skids.

Arado estimated a maximum speed of 780 km/h (485 mph), an operating altitude of almost 11,000 m (36,000 ft), and a range of 2,000 km (1,250 miles).

The estimated range was short of the RLM request, however they liked the design and ordered two prototypes as the Ar 234. The first two prototypes were largely complete before the end of 1941. However the Jumo 004 engines weren't ready, and wouldn't be ready until February 1943. When they did arrive they were only cleared for static and taxi tests, considered too unreliable by Junkers to be used for in-flight use. Flight-qualified engines were finally delivered that spring, and the Ar 234A-0 made its first flight on July 30, 1943. By September four prototypes were flying. Of what ended up being eight prototype aircraft to be fitted out with the original arrangement of trolley-and-skid landing gear, the sixth and eighth prototypes were powered with a quartet of BMW 003 jet engines each, the sixth having its engines housed in individual nacelles, and the eighth flown with them paired up in a single nacelle on either wing???the remaining ones were all Jumo 004 powered, with the V7 prototype destined to make history on August 2,1944 as the first ever jet aircraft to fly a reconnaissance mission.

Ar 234B
The RLM had already seen the promise of the design and in July had asked Arado to supply two prototypes of a Schnellbomber version as the Ar 234B. Since the aircraft was very slender and entirely filled with fuel tanks, there was no room for a bomb bay and the warload had to be carried on external racks. The added weight and drag reduced the speed to "catchable" or at a 180 km (112 mile) limit so a set of 20 mm guns was added to a tail stinger for defence. Since the pilot had no view to the rear they had to be aimed through a periscope. The system was generally considered useless and many pilots had the guns removed.

The external bomb load made the skid-landing system impractical, so the bomber version was modified to have tricycle landing gear. The ninth prototype was the first Ar 234B, and flew in March 1944. The B models were slightly wider to hold the landing gear, and with added bomb load the plane would fly as slow as 660 km/h (410 mph). This was still better than any bomber the Luftwaffe had at the time, and made it the only bomber with any hope of surviving the massive allied air forces.

Production lines were already being set up, and twenty B-0 pre-production planes were delivered by the end of June. Later production was slow however, as the Arado plants were tasked with producing planes from other bombed-out factories hit during the Big Week. Meanwhile several of the A models were sent forward in the reconnaissance role. In most cases it appears they were never even detected, cruising around 460 mph (740 km/h) at over 30,000 ft (9,100 m).

The few B's entered service in the fall and impressed their pilots. They were fairly fast and completely aerobatic. The long takeoff runs led to several accidents; a search for a solution lead to improved training as well as the use of RATO, or rocket assisted takeoff. The engines were always the real problem; they suffered constant flameouts and required overhaul or replacement after about ten hours of operation.

Most of the B's were built as bombers, but the few recce versions of the B model flew more missions. Like all jet engines, the fuel consumption of the Jumos varied widely with altitude; at 10,000 m (32800 ft) it was a third of what it was at sea level. This meant that for low-altitude bombing missions the operational radius of the aircraft was only about 190 km (120 miles), while for high-altitude reconnaissance the range was as much as 720 km (450 miles) with drop tanks.

The only notable use of the plane in the bomber role was their use in the attempt to destroy the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen. The aircraft continued to fight in a scattered fashion until Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945. Some were shot down in air combat, destroyed by flak (sometimes their own), or "bounced" by Allied fighters when they came in to land. Most simply sat on the airfields waiting for fuel which never arrived.

The standard bomb load was two 500 kg bombs suspended from the wings or one large 1000 kg bomb semi-recessed in the underside of the fuselage. If the war had continued it is possible it would have been converted to use the Fritz X guided bombs or HE-293 air-to-surface missiles.

Overall from the Summer of 1944 till the end of the war 210 total airplanes where built. In February of 1945 production was switch the C variant. It was hoped by November of 1945 production would hit 500 per month

Ar 234C
The AR 234C was equipped with four BMW 003A engines to free up Junkers Jumo 004s for use by Me 262. The utilization of four engines improved overall thrust, especially in take-off and climb-to-altitude performance. Addational airspeed was found to 20% faster with an increased range of 1,000 km. 15 prototypes of the AR 234C were completed before the end of the conflict. Although Hauptmann Diether Lukesch was preparing to form an operational test squadron, the AR 234C was not developed in time to participate in actual combat operations.

Ar 234P
Built with Heinkel - Hirth HeS-011 engines. These engines where designed by Pabst von Ohain. 28 aircraft where built of this variant. However technology had not got up to this design before the war ended.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">


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11-23-2006, 07:03 AM
Prettiest jet of the age.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">


11-23-2006, 07:28 AM
If WWII was a fashion show, the Luftwaffe would have won, IMHO http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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11-23-2006, 07:31 AM
Originally posted by Bremspropeller:
Prettiest jet of the age.

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11-23-2006, 08:15 AM
Additional info:

Ar 234 V = Prototypes = 40 built
Ar 234 A = Reconnaissance = Project
Ar 234 B-0 = Bomber = 20 built
Ar 234 B-1 = Long-Range Reconnaissance = Project
Ar 234 B-1 J??gerleitflugzeug = AWACS = Project
Ar 234 B-2 = Bomber = 190 built
Ar 234 B-2/b = Reconnaissance
Ar 234 B-2/l = Pathfinder
Ar 234 B-2/N = Night fighter = 6~ converted
Ar 234 B-2/p = Bomber
Ar 234 B-2/r = Bomber
Ar 234 C Heeresflugzeug = Ground-Attack = Project
Ar 234 C H??henj??ger = High-Attitude-Fighter = Project
Ar 234 C/DB 021 = Bomber = Project
Ar 234 C-1 = Reconnaissance = Project
Ar 234 C-2 = Bomber = Project
Ar 234 C-3 = Bomber = 19+ built
Ar 234 C-3/N = Night fighter = Project
Ar 234 C-3/R1 = Night fighter? / Destroyer? = Project
Ar 234 C-3/R2 = Night fighter? / Destroyer? = Project
Ar 234 C-3/R3 = Night fighter? / Destroyer? = Project
Ar 234 C-3/W = Destroyer = Project
Ar 234 C-3/MK214 = Destroyer = Project
Ar 234 C-3 mit Fritz-X = Bomber = Project
Ar 234 C-3 mit R4M = Destroyer = Project
Ar 234 C-3 mit WGr 42 = Destroyer = Project
Ar 234 C-3 mit 14WKBS = Destroyer = Project
Ar 234 C-3 mit Panzerblitz = Ground-Attack = Project
Ar 234 C-4 = Reconnaissance = 1 built
Ar 234 C-5 = Bomber = Project
Ar 234 C-5/F1 = Bomber = Project
Ar 234 C-5/N = Night fighter = Project
Ar 234 C-5/T1 = Bomber = Project
Ar 234 C-5/T2 = Bomber = Project
Ar 234 C-6 = Reconnaissance = Project
Ar 234 C-7 = Night fighter = Project
Ar 234 C-7/N = Night fighter = Project
Ar 234 C-8 = Bomber = Project
Ar 234 D-1 = Reconnaissance = Project
Ar 234 D-2 = Bomber = Project
Ar 234 D-3 = Ground-Attack = Project
Ar 234 E-1 = Bomber? = Project
Ar 234 F-1 = Bomber? = Project
Ar 234 P-1 = Night fighter = Project
Ar 234 P-2 = Night fighter = Project
Ar 234 P-3 = Night fighter = Project
Ar 234 P-4 = Night fighter = Project
Ar 234 P-5 I = Night fighter = Project
Ar 234 P-5 II = Night fighter = Project
Ar 234 R(a) = High-Attitude-Reconnaissance = Project
Ar 234 R(b) = High-Attitude-Reconnaissance = Project

11-23-2006, 08:35 AM
She's petite but neat. I'll take one. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

11-23-2006, 09:30 AM
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11-23-2006, 09:46 AM
agreed this is one of the sleekest, sexiest planes in the later parts of the war.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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11-23-2006, 11:01 AM
Originally posted by waffen-79:
even if it was teh only plane in the addon, I'll still buy just for it

The ONLY reason I want the 46 add on is for this plane. I think that <b style="color:black;background-color:#a0ffff">UBI[/b] knows this is true of many people, yet some still persist in calling them stooopid marketers!<div class="ev_tpc_signature">


11-23-2006, 11:27 AM
Originally posted by Waldo.Pepper:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by waffen-79:
even if it was teh only plane in the addon, I'll still buy just for it

The ONLY reason I want the 46 add on is for this plane. I think that <b style="color:black;background-color:#a0ffff">UBI[/b] knows this is true of many people, yet some still persist in calling them stooopid marketers! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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11-23-2006, 11:32 AM
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11-23-2006, 11:44 AM
Eric Brown states 475 mph for the captured Ar-234B he flew.

It's basically in a class all it's own - a fully aerobatic 470+mph medium bomber http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

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11-23-2006, 01:38 PM
A little more info



The Arado Ar-234
v1.2.2 / 01 aug 06 / greg goebel / public domain

* The German Arado 234 was the very first purpose-built jet bomber. While the Ar-234 had very little influence on the outcome of World War II, being much too late and too few in number, it had influence on later aircraft designs. This document provides a history and description of the Ar-234, as well as the experimental German Heinkel He-343 and Junkers Ju-287 jet bombers.

[1] AR-234 ORIGINS
[4] HE-343 / JUNKERS JU-287


[1] AR-234 ORIGINS
* The Ar-234 was originally conceived in early 1941 by an engineering team under Professor Walter Blume, director of the Arado aircraft company. The design project was codenamed "E370", and was in response to a German Air Ministry requirement for a fast reconnaissance aircraft. The E370 was to be a sleek, high-winged aircraft powered by a pair of Junkers Jumo 004 turbojets, one under each wing. The Air Ministry wanted a range of 2,150 kilometers (1,340 miles), and so to reduce weight Arado proposed that the E370 would take off on a wheeled tricycle trolley that would be dropped on parachute once the aircraft took to the air. The machine would land on skids at the end of the flight. Skids would also be built under the engines to protect them from damage. The pilot would be able to steer the nosewheel of the take-off trolley, while the main wheels would have hydraulic brakes, controlled by the cockpit rudder pedals.

Arado projected a maximum speed of 780 KPH (485 MPH), an operating altitude of almost 11,000 meters (36,000 feet), and a maximum range of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles). The range was a little less than what the Air Ministry wanted, but they liked the design anyway and ordered two prototypes. The aircraft was given the military designation of "Ar-234". Additional prototypes would be ordered later.

The two prototypes, designated "Ar-234 V1" and "Ar-234 V2", where "V" stood for "Versuchs (Prototype)", were largely complete before the end of 1941. However, the Jumo 004 engines weren't ready and wouldn't be ready for over a year. In February 1943, Arado finally got a pair of Jumo 004As. However, these engines were only cleared for static and taxi tests. At the time, Messerschmitt had priority for engine deliveries for their Me-262 fighter, and Arado had to accept what they could get.

* Flight-qualified engines were finally delivered late that spring, and the Ar-234 V1 made its first flight on 30 July 1943. The initial flights went smoothly, except that on the first two takeoffs the parachutes that were intended to permit recovery of the take-off trolley didn't deploy, and the trolley was wrecked in both cases.

By September, four prototypes were flying. However, back in early July, even before the first flight, the Air Ministry had been seriously considering building a bomber version of the Ar-234. Orders were placed for two prototypes of such a bomber variant, with the designation "Ar-234B" and the name of "Blitz (Lightning)". Since the aircraft was too slender to carry the bombs internally, the bombs would have to be carried on external racks. It would also have conventional tricycle landing gear. The skid landing scheme had proven conceptually flawed. Skid landings were a rough and doubtful proposition, and once an Ar-234 had landed, it was effectively immobile for the twenty minutes it took to jack it up and put it back on its trolley. With Allied air attacks increasing over the Germany, skid landing made the aircraft far too vulnerable to destruction on the ground.

* The Ar-234 program suffered a tragic setback when the Ar-234 V2 crashed due to an engine failure on 2 October 1943, killing the pilot. Nonetheless, Adolf Hitler and other top-ranking Nazis saw a prototype on static display at an airshow in East Prussia in late November and were very impressed. The program was given the highest priority.

Work intensified on a prototype of the Ar-234B variant, while four more trolley-mounted Ar-234 prototypes were completed. The fifth prototype, the "Ar-234 V5", incorporated new Jumo 004B-0 preproduction engines, which had the same thrust rating of 8.2 kN (840 kgp / 1,850 lbf) as the Jumo 004A prototype engines used in the first four Ar-234 prototypes, but weighed 90 kilograms (200 pounds) less. The seventh prototype, the "Ar-234 V7", was similar to the Ar-234 V5.

The sixth and eighth prototypes, the "Ar-234 V6" and "Ar-234 V8" respectively, were intended to study powerplant schemes to be used on advanced versions of the Ar-234. They were both powered by four 7.85 kN (800 kgp / 1,760 lbf) thrust BMW 003 turbojets. The BMW 003 had less thrust than the Jumo 004B, but the BMW engines were much lighter, and increased the overall thrust-to-weight ratio of the aircraft.

The sixth prototype had the four BMW engines in separate nacelles, while the eighth prototype clustered them in pairs under each wing. The paired nacelle scheme proved more satisfactory than the four separate nacelles, which had led to aerodynamic troubles.

All the prototypes starting with the third had provision for "Rauchergeraet" or rocket-assisted takeoff boosters. A rack was fitted under each outer wing to carry a bottle-shaped Walter 109-500 rocket, powered by hydrogen peroxide and sodium permanganate catalyst that turned the hydrogen peroxide into steam. Each rocket weighed about 280 kilograms (617 pounds), and was capable of generating 4.9 kN (500 kgp / 1,100 lbf) thrust for 30 seconds. The rockets were dropped by parachute after the Ar-234 was airborne. The aircraft incorporated a scheme of pressure switches that sensed whether the rocket units were delivering thrust or not; if one did not generate thrust, the other was automatically shut down to prevent it from slewing the aircraft around.

The ninth prototype, designated "Ar-234 V9" or "Ar-234B-0", was the first Ar-234B, with a built-in undercarriage, and first flew on 10 March 1944. By this time, production lines were being set up to build the aircraft in quantity, and the first of 20 pre-production Ar-234Bs came off the line in June.

However, ambitious plans for massive production of new variants had to be scaled back. During the last week of February 1944, the Allies pounded German aircraft factories and seriously damaged production capacity. While the "Big Week" raids had spared Arado production facilities, since they were too far east and out of range, the following reshuffling and dispersal of production meant that resources originally planned for building new types of aircraft had to be reserved for manufacturing existing types.

* That same March, the fifth and seventh prototypes were equipped with cameras and handed off to a special Luftwaffe reconnaissance unit for operational readiness tests, in preparation to fielding the Ar-234B. The Allied invasion of France was to then give the aircraft an excellent opportunity to prove themselves. Allied fighters were doing such a good job of protecting the Normandy beachhead from German reconnaissance aircraft that Wehrmacht commanders were completely in the dark about enemy intentions.

The Ar-234, with its high speed, seemed likely to penetrate Allied fighter screens, and on 25 July the two aircraft left Germany for France. One had to turn back, but the other arrived safely, only to wait a week for the take-off trolley, rocket booster units, and other kit to arrive by truck. The first operational flight took place on 2 August 1944, when Leutnant Erich Sommer took his Ar-234 on a reconnaissance flight over the beachhead, cruising at about 740 KPH (460 MPH) at above 9,200 meters (30,000 feet). Two Rb 50/30 aerial cameras were mounted in the rear fuselage, each canted 12 degrees from the vertical in opposite directions. At operating altitude, they took one set of pictures every 11 seconds, imaging a swath almost 10 kilometers wide across the direction of flight.

Sommer came and went unhindered. Altitude and speed kept him safe, and in fact he wasn't even detected. The images he returned showed a buildup of more than 1.5 million men and a matching amount of supplies and weapons. That day the second Ar-234 finally arrived, and over the next three weeks the two machines flew 13 more missions without interference from Allied defenses. They returned high-quality intelligence data, but they only confirmed in detail what the Wehrmacht ground commanders knew only too well: the Germans were being beaten by an overwhelmingly superior adversary.

The results of this became apparent to the jet pilots, when they were forced to withdraw to Holland in early September. This did not take them out of harm's way; their airfield at Volkel was plastered by 100 Royal Air Force (RAF) Lancasters in a daylight raid on 3 September 1944. The Ar-234s were then withdrawn back to Germany. By this time, Ar-234Bs were available for operational use and the prototypes were no longer needed.


* The Ar-234B could be configured either as a bomber or reconnaissance aircraft. Maximum bomb load was about 1.5 tonnes (3,300 pounds), carried externally. A typical bomb load was a single 500 kilogram (1,100 pound) bomb under the fuselage centerline and under each engine nacelle, but a single 1,000 kilogram (2,000 pound) bomb or 1,400 kilogram (3,080 pound) bomb could be carried on the centerline. When used as a reconnaissance aircraft, the Ar-234B carried a 300 liter (79 US gallon) drop tank under each engine in place of the bombs.

The powerplants consisted of a pair of full-production Junkers Jumo 004B turbojets, with 8.83 kN (900 kgp / 1,980 lbf) thrust each. Maximum speed without bombs or drop tanks was 740 KPH (460 MPH) at 6,100 meters (20,000 feet), but the speed dropped to as low as 660 KPH (410 MPH) with external loads. The prototypes had actually been a good 30 KPH (19 MPH) faster than the Ar-234B, as the lack of landing gear made them more streamlined.

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spec metric english
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wingspan 14.1 meters 46 feet 4 inches
wing area 26.4 sq_meters 284.16 sq_feet
length 12.6 meters 41 feet 6 inches
height 4.30 meters 14 feet 1 inch

empty weight 5,200 kilograms 11,464 pounds
MTO weight 9,850 kilograms 21,715 pounds

maximum speed 740 KPH 460 MPH / 400 KT
service ceiling 10,000 meters 32,810 feet
operational radius 800 kilometers 500 MI / 435 NMI
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Tricycle landing gear was fitted, with single wheels on all assemblies, and low-pressure tires for rough-field operation. The nose gear retracted backwards, while the main gear retracted inward and forward into the sides of the fuselage.
As the Ar-234 landed at high speed, it had a drag chute as standard equipment; it was one of the first aircraft to do so. The rounded nose of the aircraft was covered with plexiglas, giving the pilot an excellent view to the front, but no view to the back except through a periscope. The periscope, which was not fitted to the Ar-234 prototypes, also served as a sight for dive-bombing attacks. Although an ejection seat had been fitted to some of the prototypes, the Ar-234B did not have such a nicety. The pilot got into and out of the aircraft through a transparent hatch on top of the cockpit. Getting out of the Ar-234 in an emergency was not a trivial task.

The Ar-234 handled very well at all speeds and was capable of all aerobatics. The worst operational problem was the unreliability of the Jumo 004B engines, which required overhaul or replacement after as little as ten hours of operation. The brakes also tended to wear out after about three landings and so had to often be replaced.

The fuel consumption of the Jumos varied widely with altitude. At 10,000 meters (33,000 feet), it was a third of what it was at sea level. This meant that for low-altitude bombing missions, the operational radius of the aircraft was only about 190 kilometers (120 miles), while in high-altitude reconnaissance operations the range was as much as 720 kilometers (450 miles) with the drop tanks.

When operated as a bomber, the Ar-234 could be used in shallow dive attacks, low-level horizontal attacks, or high-altitude horizontal attacks. In shallow dive attacks, the pilot would drop from about 5,000 meters to under 1,500 meters (16,400 to 4,920 feet), aiming the bombs through the periscopic sight that stuck up above the cockpit. In low-level horizontal attack, used only when the target was obscured, the pilot simply flew level and dropped the bombs when it seemed appropriate. Results were not generally very impressive.

High-altitude horizontal attacks were particularly interesting. Since the Ar-234 was a single-seat aircraft, the pilot had to double as the bombardier, and did so with the help of a sophisticated Patin autopilot system. The pilot would fly to within about 30 kilometers (19 miles) of the target, engage the autopilot, swivel the control column out of his way to the right, and then lean over and sight the target through the Lotfe 7K bombsight. The bombsight was linked to the autopilot. As long as the pilot held the target in the crosshairs, the autopilot would change the aircraft's heading accordingly, and then the bombsight would automatically drop the bombs at the right moment.

In principle, the Ar-234B had a pair of fixed rearward-firing 20 millimeter MG-151/20 cannon for protecting its tail, with the pilot sighting the guns through the periscope. Not only did the pilot have to be his own bombardier, he was his own tail gunner as well. However, in practice the guns were not always fitted and were never an important feature of the aircraft. Armor plate was attached to the rear wall of the cockpit to give the pilot a little protection.

* The Luftwaffe conducted reconnaissance operations with the new Ar-234Bs through the fall, including some reconnaissance missions over England, beginning in October, to determine if the Allies were preparing a follow-up amphibious landing in the Netherlands. Despite the activity, it wasn't until 21 November 1944 that Allied pilots reported spotting an Ar-234B, when P-51s escorting bombers over Holland observed one of the jets overflying their formation. Detected, the German pilot immediately applied power and disappeared.

Bomber sorties did not take place until Christmas Eve, when nine Ar-234Bs, each carrying a single 500 kilogram (1,100 pound) bomb, took off from a German airbase single file to attack Liege in Belgium, in support of the Wehrmacht's ground offensive then underway in the Ardennes. Such attacks continued until the weather became too nasty in early January to allow operations to be safely continued.

An inventory of Ar-234s at that time indicated 17 of them in service, with 12 configured as bombers and 5 as photo-reconnaissance machines. This quantity was surprisingly small, since 148 had been delivered to the Luftwaffe by the end of 1944. The small number of the aircraft in service was almost certainly due to the disruptions caused by Allied air attacks on German industrial and military infrastructure.

The continuous, harrassing presence of Allied airpower made operations increasingly risky. When 18 Ar-234s were relocated to a new airfield in early January 1945 and came in to land, they were bounced by Spitfires who shot down three of them and damaged two others, killing two German pilots. Nonetheless, as the weather improved again, Ar-234s performed as many sorties as they were able, attacking targets in the Low Countries and mounting a large number of attacks in the defense of Aachen, Germany, on 21 February 1945.

On 24 February, an Ar-234B suffered a flameout in one of its engines and was forced down to a hard landing by an American P-47 Thunderbolt fighter near the village of Segelsdorf. The jet was captured by the advancing Allies the next day. It was the first example of the type to fall into Allied hands largely intact.

* Pilots found the Ar-234 pleasant to fly, but engine flameouts were a problem, particularly since increasing fuel shortages meant the engines had to be run on inappropriate grades of fuel. With proper fuel, the engines could be relit below 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) and at speeds between 400 to 500 KPH (250 to 310 MPH); otherwise, it was impossible to do so. Once a flameout occurred, the pilot had to shut off fuel to the engine, since it would flood and become an extreme fire hazard.

Pilots new to jets often had troubles understanding the long take-off run and high landing speed, leading to a high accident rate. One unit obtained a two-seat Me-262 jet trainer to familiarize Ar-234 trainees, and the number of accidents fell off substantially.

* While the Ar-234 was conducting reconnaissance and bombing operations in defense of the Reich, the type was still being modified and improved.

One enhancement was a field modification. A few Ar-234Bs were pressed into service as night fighters by being fitted with FuG 218 "Neptun" longwave radar, featuring nose-mounted aerials, and a belly pack containing two 20 millimeter MG-151/20 cannon. The radar operator was crammed into the fuselage behind the wing. There is no evidence that any of these few improvised Ar-234B night fighters ever scored a kill.

The experiments with the BMW 003 engine performed with the Ar-234 V6 and Ar-234 V8 prototypes, as well as with an Ar-234B that was also fitted with the paired BMW 003 installation, also led to a next-generation variant, the "Ar-234C". The Ar-234C was fitted with four BMW 003s, each rated at 7.85 kN (800 kgp / 1,760 lbf) thrust, clustered in pairs on each wing. It had a raised canopy to give better visibility, and incorporated many small aerodynamic improvements. The result was a much faster aircraft, with a maximum speed of 870 KPH (540 MPH).

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spec metric english
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wingspan 14.1 meters 46 feet 4 inches
wing area 26.4 sq_meters 284.16 sq_feet
length 12.6 meters 41 feet 6 inches
height 4.30 meters 14 feet 1 inch

empty weight 5,990 kilograms 13,200 pounds
max loaded weight 9,890 kilograms 21,800 pounds

maximum speed 873 KPH 542 MPH
service ceiling 12,000 meters 39,370 feet
operational radius 660 kilometers 410 MI /
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The first prototype for the Ar-234C, the "Ar-234 V19", was flown in October 1944. Once production lines were tooled, in principle all further Ar-234 production would be based of different variants of the Ar-234C. These variants included reconnaissance, bomber, night-fighter, and "general-purpose" variants, with orders in the thousands. The BMW 003 had not been refined to the point where it was very reliable, but given the military situation they had to be used anyway.

* The failed Ardennes offensive was the very last chance the Germans had to take the initiative in the West, and since that time they had remained on the defensive. Their defense was seriously breached on 7 March 1945, when the Americans seized the Ludendorf Bridge over the Rhine river at the town of Remagen. While German demolition specialists had attempted to destroy the bridge, it remained usable, though badly damaged. Reichsmarshall Goering ordered it to be destroyed at all costs, and over the course of the next ten days, Ar-234Bs flew several sorties in attempts to take it down. The jets failed, with losses to themselves. On 17 March, the bridge finally collapsed, but the Allies had obtained a solid foothold on the east bank of the Rhine and had built pontoon bridges to flood men and supplies into the Reich.

The last Ar-234s were delivered early in March. At the end of the month, demolition teams destroyed the main Arado plant to deny it to the advancing Soviets.

A total of 210 Ar-234Bs and 14 Ar-234Cs were delivered to the Luftwaffe, but with Germany in chaos, only a handful ever got into combat. A final inventory taken on 10 April 1945 listed 38 in service, including 12 bombers, 24 reconnaissance machines, and 2 night fighters. These aircraft continued to fight in a scattered and ineffective fashion until Germany surrendered on 8 May 1945. Some were shot down in air combat, destroyed by flak (sometimes their own), or bounced by Allied fighters when they came in to land. Others performed their missions and then fled too fast for enemy fighters to follow, to land and then wait for scarce fuel to be found so they could fly other missions.


* The end of the war terminated a number of interesting Ar-234 development efforts. A number of different variants of the Ar-234C were in the planning stage, including a two-seat night fighter. There was also design work under way for two-seat "Ar-234D" bomber and reconnaissance variants, to be powered by a pair of Heinkel-Hirth HeS 011 turbojets with 12.8 kN (1,300 kgp / 2,850 lbf) thrust each, and for a series of "Ar-234P" two-seat night fighter variants, with a variety of different powerplant options and Berlin centimetric radar.

One particularly fascinating Ar-234 variant was under construction when the Allies overran the factory building it: a "crescent-wing" Ar-234, consisting of an Ar-234B fuselage mated to a concave-curved swept wing, and powered by a pair of BMW 003R combined-turbojet-rocket engines. The BMW 003R combined a turbojet with a liquid-fuel rocket that could give three minutes of enhanced power for take-off or climb. The prototype was scrapped, but the crescent-wing idea was resurrected by the British and fielded in the 1950s on the Victor V-bomber.

Another odd development was the "Deichselschlepp", or "air trailer", in which a winged fuel tank with its own undercarriage would be towed behind the Ar-234, with a tube that provided both a linkage to the trailer and a fuel feed back to the Ar-234. Plans were made to similarly tow a Fieseler Fi-103 flying bomb (better known as the V-1 buzz bomb) or a winged SC1400 bomb. In the case of the Fi-103, it was decided instead to mount the flying bomb on a cradle on the back of the Ar-234 that would hydraulically lift the aircraft above the bomber before launch.

Arado also investigated a number of new-design, swept-wing follow-ons to the Ar-234, but since the company was overstretched to get the Ar-234 into production there were no resources to seriously pursue such projects. Late in the war, the company also investigated a series of larger swept-wing medium-bomber concepts under the general designation of "E.560", with a span of about 18 meters (59 feet), in contrast to the 14.1 meter (46 feet 4 inch) span of the Ar-234. Various engine and armament fits were considered, but it was far too late and these projects were never more than pipe dreams.

* Once the shooting stopped, a race began to collect the rewards of victory. Ar-234s were scattered all over Western Europe, and the British obtained about a dozen of them. The Soviets apparently only recovered one. For whatever reasons, the Ar-234 had been primarily used in the west.

Four Ar-234s were buttoned up with an assortment of other advanced German aircraft and shipped to the USA on the "jeep" carrier HMS REAPER. Three were given to the US Army Air Force and one to the US Navy, though the Navy's aircraft turned out to be in permanently unflyable condition. One of the three obtained by the USAAF was put through intensive tests at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and ultimately handed on to the Smithsonian Institution's Air & Space Museum, where it is now prominently on display. It is likely the only Ar-234 that survives to this day.

As a bomber, the Ar-234 was something of a failure. It could not carry enough of a bombload to match the destructive power of the big heavy bombers that were smashing the Reich. However, as a reconnaissance aircraft it proved able to bring back intelligence from airspace denied to prop-driven aircraft.


[4] HE-343 / JUNKERS JU-287
* While Arado was working on the Ar-234 and considering follow-ons, other German aircraft manufacturers were developing their own jet bomber schemes. Heinkel came up with a series of concepts under the general designation of "P.1068", but in early 1944, when the military situation was beginning to look extremely grim for the Germans, the decision was made to give up on the P.1068 concepts and simply scale up the Ar-234 design to get an aircraft in service as fast as possible.

The result was the "He-343", which looked something like an Ar-234 with a span of 18 meters (54 feet); a mid-mounted wing; four engines, with each engine in its own nacelle; and a "bugeyed" style cockpit, something like that of a Ju-188. Various engine fits were considered, but it initially was to be powered by the Jumo 004B. Work on prototypes was in progress by the end of 1944, with some sources saying one was actually completed, but then the program was called off as the resources couldn't be spared for it. No He-343 ever flew.

The only German jet bomber besides the Ar-234 that actually more or less flew during the war was the Junkers "Ju-287". Junkers began work on a heavy jet bomber in 1943, at first focusing on a design with swept-back wings with a 25-degree sweep. However, low-speed handling appeared to be a problem with this approach, and so the design team decided to change the wings to a forward sweep.

Model tests in a wind tunnel showed that this did improve low-speed handling, but that the forward-swept wings were subjected to high levels of stress. Clearly a proof-of-concept demonstrator needed to be flown to validate the forward-swept wing design, and so such a demonstrator was thrown together with whatever assemblies were available. The demonstrator, designated the "He-287 V1", performed its first flight on 16 August 1944. It was built around the fuselage of a Heinkel He-177A Grief heavy bomber, with the tail assembly of a Ju-388 and the new forward-swept wing. It was powered by four Junkers Jumo 004B turbojets, with one engine attached to each side of the fuselage behind the cockpit, and one engine slung under the rear of each wing.

As the He-177's main gear retracted into its engine nacelles, which didn't exist with the new wing, the Ju-287 V1 was fitted with fixed landing gear in spats. The nose gear was salvaged from a downed American B-24 Liberator and the main gear was borrowed from a Junkers Ju-352 transport. Rauchergeraet units were used to get the contraption off the ground. It actually flew very well, though the concerns about excessive stress on the wings were justified and worrisome.

A total of 17 flights were performed with the Ju-287 V1, leading to work on a proper prototype, the "Ju-287 V2". It was to have proper retractable landing gear, with the nose gear retracting backwards and the main gear hinging in the wings toward the fuselage; a "bugeyed" cockpit; and was to be powered by six BMW 003A turbojets, arranged in clusters of three under each wing.

The Ju-287 V2 was unarmed. The production prototype, the "Ju-287 V3", was expected to have a 4 tonne (8,800 pound) maximum warload, and a remotely-controlled tail barbette with twin MG-131 13 millimeter machine guns, aimed through a periscopic sight.

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wingspan 20.1 meters 66 feet
length 18.6 meters 61 feet
empty weight 11,917 kilograms 26,278 pounds
MTO weight 21,495 kilograms 47,398 pounds
max speed at altitude 865 KPH 537 MPH / 467 KT
range (max bombload) 1,585 kilometers 985 MI / 855 NMI
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Unsurprisingly, construction on the Ju-287 V2 prototype was abandoned in the summer of 1944 due to the dire military situation. However, the engineering team continued to play with the design, and for some bizarre reason they were told to restart work on the prototype in early 1945. They were almost done when the Red Army arrived and spirited the prototype off to the USSR, along with most of the design team. It actually flew in 1947. The Soviets didn't put it into production, but it helped give them a long-standing interest in forward-swept wing designs, leading up to the Sukhoi S-37 Berkut experimental fighter of the 1990s.

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* Revision history:

v1.0 / 03 jan 97 / gvg
v1.1 / 01 jun 99 / gvg / Minor cosmetic update.
v1.2.0 / 01 jan 03 / gvg / Cosmetic changes, added Ju-287 data.
v1.2.1 / 01 jun 04 / gvg / General illustration update, minor changes.
v1.2.2 / 01 aug 06 / gvg / General illustration update, minor changes.

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11-23-2006, 01:58 PM
Does anyone know the exact variant we are getting?<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

YouTube Quote of the week - hey man, **** you because that dog is mad cute.

11-23-2006, 02:02 PM
I hope its a 4 engine http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">


11-23-2006, 02:04 PM

542 MPH http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

The 234B would appear to be more representative however.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

YouTube Quote of the week - hey man, **** you because that dog is mad cute.

11-23-2006, 02:09 PM
I think it's the Ar-234 Blitz for us<div class="ev_tpc_signature">


11-23-2006, 02:34 PM

had to take a look so i googled it

some good pics on that dutch site

11-23-2006, 06:06 PM
Originally posted by Megile:
Does anyone know the exact variant we are getting?

The B-2