Arado V I

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V I
Arado VI Aero Digest November 1928.jpg
Role Airliner
Manufacturer Arado Flugzeugwerke
First flight 1927
Primary user Deutsche Luft Hansa
Number built 1

The Arado V.1 was a prototype airliner, built in Germany in 1927. It was a single-engine, high-wing braced monoplane with tailwheel undercarriage. It made several long-distance flights, including carrying mail to South America, before being exhibited in Berlin in 1929, when it was bought by Deutsche Luft Hansa.[1]

Operational history[edit]

The sole V.I (D-1594), took part in the 1928 Berlin ILA-exhibition and was subsequently sold to Deutsche Luft Hansa (DLH) in the Autumn of 1929 and named Tenerife on 12 December 1929. After a successful proving flight to Tenerife, the aircraft crashed near Berlin, on 19 December 1929, during its return flight, killing both pilots, though the mechanic survived.[1]

Variants[edit]

Data from: German Aviation 1919-1945:Arado V.I[1]

V.I
A single aircraft, (D-1594), sold to DLH.
V.Ia
The second aircraft,scrapped uncompleted, after DLH withdrew funding on the crash of the V.I.

Specifications (V.I)[edit]

Data from Jane's all the World's Aircraft 1928[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 4 pax
  • Length: 12 m (39 ft 4 in)
  • Wingspan: 18 m (59 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 3.15 m (10 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 47.24 m2 (508.5 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,350 kg (2,976 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2,350 kg (5,181 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 585 l (155 US gal; 129 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × BMW licence-built Pratt & Whitney Hornet 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 370 kW (500 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 200 km/h (124 mph; 108 kn)
  • Range: 2,000 km (1,243 mi; 1,080 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 4,000 m (13,000 ft)
  • Wing loading: 50 kg/m2 (10 lb/sq ft)
  • Power/mass: 0.1596 kW/kg (0.0971 hp/lb)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Arado V I". histaviation.com. Retrieved 9 February 2018. 
  2. ^ Grey, C.G., ed. (1928). Jane's all the World's Aircraft 1928. London: Sampson Low, Marston & company, ltd. pp. 129c–130c. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 73.