Arado E.555

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Arado E.555
AradoE555.png
Model picture of an Arado E.555
Role Strategic bomber
Manufacturer Arado Flugzeugwerke
Primary user Luftwaffe
Number built 0

The Arado E.555 was a bomber proposed by the German Arado company in response to the Amerika Bomber project.

Project request[edit]

This was an initiative of the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (Germany Air Ministry), RLM, to obtain a long-range bomber for the Luftwaffe that would be capable of striking the continental United States from Germany. Requests for designs were made to the major German aircraft manufacturers early in World War II, long before the US had entered the war.

Designs[edit]

There were a several different configurations of the design considered, the most striking being the E.555-1.[1] This was a six-jet, angular flying wing design, with remotely operated turrets, and capable of carrying a large payload. All of these projects were deemed too expensive and ambitious and were abandoned in late 1944.

Arado E.555 I
Six engine[2]
Arado E.555 II
Four-engine flying wing bomber[2]
Arado E.555 III
Two-engine flying wing bomber[2]
Arado E.555 IV
Three-engine flying wing bomber[2]
Arado E.555 V[2]
Arado E.555 VI
Three-engine flying wing bomber[2]
Arado E.555 VII
Three-engine flying wing bomber[2]
Arado E.555 VIII
Three-engine flying bomber[2]
Arado E.555 IX
Three-engine flying wing bomber[2]
Arado E.555 X
Three-engine flying wing bomber[2]
Arado E.555 XI
Four-engine bomber[2]

Specifications[edit]

Data from Luftwaffe Secret Projects: Strategic Bombers 1935–1945

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2-3
  • Payload: 8,816-13,224 lbs of bombs ()
  • Length: 28 ft 10.5 in-82 ft 8 in ()
  • Wingspan: 69 ft 6.5 in-103 ft 4 in ()
  • Height: 11 ft 11.5 in-13 ft 5.5 in ()
  • Powerplant: 2-4 × BMW 109-018 turbojet , 5,069 lbs () each

Performance


References[edit]

  1. ^ Arado E.555 Luft '46
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Nowarra, Heinz J.. Die Deutsche Luftruestung 1933–1945 - Vol.1 - Flugzeugtypen AEG-Dornier. Bernard & Graefe Verlag. 1993. Koblenz. ISBN 3-7637-5464-4 (Gesamtwek), ISBN 3-7637-5465-2 (Band 1)

Bibliography[edit]

  • Nowarra, Heinz J.. Die Deutsche Luftruestung 1933–1945 - Vol.1 - Flugzeugtypen AEG-Dornier. Bernard & Graefe Verlag. 1993. Koblenz. ISBN 3-7637-5464-4 (Gesamtwek), ISBN 3-7637-5465-2 (Band 1)

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