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Ar 79
Role aerobatic trainer
Manufacturer Arado
Introduced 1938

The Arado Ar 79 was a German aircraft of the 1930s, designed as an aerobatic two-seat trainer and touring aircraft.

The Ar 79 was a monoplane with retractable, tailwheel undercarriage. The wings were fabric over plywood, and the forward fuselage was fabric over steel tube, and the rear fuselage was monocoque structure.

Operational history

The Ar 79 set a number of speed records in 1938:

  • On 15 July the solo 1,000 km (620 mi) at 229.04 km/h (142.32 mph),
  • On 29 July the 2,000 km (1,240 mi) at 227.029 km/h (141.069 mph).
  • From 29 to 31 December, a modified Ar 79, with a jettisonable 106 L (28 US gal) fuel tank and extra 520 L (140 US gal) tank behind the cabin, completed a non-stop 6,303 km (3,917 mi) flight from Benghazi, Libya to Gaya, India, at an average speed of 160 km/h (100 mph).

Specifications (variant)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 7.62 m (25 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.00 m (32 ft 9.5 in)
  • Height: 1.87 m (6 ft 10.5 in)
  • Wing area: 14.00 m² (150.7 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 460 kg (1,014 lb)
  • Gross weight: 760 kg (1,676 lb) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 230 km/h (143 mph)
  • Cruising speed: 205 km/h (127 mph)
  • Range: 1,025 km (636 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 5,500 m (1,8040 ft)

See also

References

  • Donald, David, ed (1997). The Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. Prospero Books. pp. pg 118. ISBN 1-85605-375-X.  
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