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Ar234 - Aircraft Profile - Arado : Ar234


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Manufacturer : Arado
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Retired : 1945
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The Arado Ar 234 was the worlds first operational jet powered bomber, built by the German Arado company for the Luftwaffe in the closing stages of the Second World War. The Arado Ar234 was produced in very small numbers, it was used almost entirely in the reconnaissance role, but in its few uses as a bomber it proved to be nearly impossible to intercept. In April 1945 The Arado Ar234 was the last Luftwaffe aircraft to fly over England during the war. Length: 12.64 m Wingspan: 14.41 m Height: 4.29 m Wing area: 26.4 m2 Empty weight: 5,200 kg. Max takeoff weight: 9,800 kg. Performance Maximum speed: 742 km/h at 6,000 m Cruising speed: 700 km/h at 6,000 m. Range: 1,556 km with 500 kg bomb load. Service ceiling: 32,808 ft. Armament Guns: 2 20 mm MG151 cannon in tail firing to the rear. Bombs: up to 1,500 kg of disposable stores on external racks


Ar234 Artwork Collection

Tribute to Sqn Ldr David Fairbanks by Ivan Berryman.

Luftwaffe Arado 234 B-2 by Barry Price.

Signatures for : Ar234
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Oberstleutnant Hans-Georg Batcher

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23 / 4 / 2003Died : 23 / 4 / 2003
Oberstleutnant Hans-Georg Batcher

Born 13th January 1914, he was flying with KG4 by 1st April 1936 as an observer. He went to pilot training in September 1936, flew with KG27 and by 15th July 1941 was flying with KG100, who he flew with, and commanded until 12th June 1944, including after it was renamed KG4 on 11th January 1943. He then joined KG76 flying the Arado Ar234 bomber, before going on to command KG54 flying the new Me262 jet ffrom 27th February 1945. In his career he was awarded the Iron Cross I and II, the German Cross in Gold and the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves. He died on 23rd April 2003.

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