Arado Ar 79

The Arado Ar 79 was a German aircraft of the 1930s, designed as an aerobatic two-seat trainer and touring aircraft.[1]

Ar 79
Role Aerobatic trainer
Manufacturer Arado
Introduction 1938

The Ar 79 was a monoplane with retractable, tailwheel undercarriage. The wings were constructed of fabric over plywood, the forward fuselage was of fabric over steel tube, and the rear fuselage was a monocoque structure.[1]

Operational history

The Ar 79 set a number of speed records in 1938:[1]

  • On 15 July the solo 1,000 km (621.4 mi) at 229.04 km/h (142.32 mph),[1]
  • On 29 July the 2,000 km (1,242.8 mi) at 227.029 km/h (141.069 mph).[1]
  • 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).[1]

Operators

 Hungary

Specifications

Data from [2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: two
  • Length: 7.6 m (24 ft 11 in)
  • Wingspan: 10 m (32 ft 10 in)
  • Height: 2.1 m (6 ft 11 in)
  • Wing area: 14 m2 (150 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 460 kg (1,014 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 760 kg (1,676 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hirth HM 504A-2 inverted 4-cyl. air-cooled in-line piston engine, 78 kW (105 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed fixed pitch propeller

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 230 km/h (140 mph, 120 kn) at sea level
  • Cruise speed: 205 km/h (127 mph, 111 kn)
  • Range: 1,025 km (637 mi, 553 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 5,500 m (18,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 4 m/s (790 ft/min)
  • Time to altitude: 1,000 m (3,281 ft) in 3 minutes 48 seconds

Notes

  1. Donald, p. 60.
  2. Green, William (2010). Aircraft of the Third Reich. 1 (1st ed.). London: Aerospace Publishing Limited. pp. 36–37. ISBN 978 1 900732 06 2.

References

  • Donald, David, ed. (1997). The Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. Prospero Books. p. 118. ISBN 1-85605-375-X.
  • Green, William (2010). Aircraft of the Third Reich. 1 (1st ed.). London: Aerospace Publishing Limited. pp. 36–37. ISBN 978 1 900732 06 2.
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