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Arado Ar 68
     The Arado Ar 68 was the first Nazi fighter to be built after the Treaty of Versailles was renounced, and it was urgently ordered in large numbers. This resulted in the Ar 68V1 prototype, powered by the reliable BMW VI engine of 660 hp. The airframe was of welded tubing and wood, covered entirely of fabric except the front upper fuselage. Highly noticable about the Ar 68 was its elevators set far behind the rudder and the distinctive, slanted landing gear struts. It was a promising aircraft, especially with its excellent engine, but its performance was disappointing and before the war began, most were taken from front line status.  For most of the war, the Ar 68 flew as night fighters and mostly as trainers. Those that did see action were no match for even the most obsolete of fighter aircraft used by the US and England.

Year : 1936 BMW VI 12-cylinder 660hp inline
Wingspan : 11.00 m
Length : 9.50 m
Weight : 2020 kg
Max. speed : 332 km/h
Ceiling : 8100 m
Range : 500 km
Crew : 1
Armament : 2x7.9mm guns and six 110 lb bombs



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