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Arado Ar 65

Ar 65
Role Biplane fighter
Manufacturer Arado
First flight 1931
Primary user Luftwaffe
Produced 1931-1936
Number built 85

The Arado Ar 65 was the single-seat biplane fighter successor to the Ar 64. Both looked very similar. The only major difference was the use of the 12-cylinder inline versus the 64's radial. The wingspan was also increased.

The Ar 65 appeared in 1931 and six models were built. The first three 65a-c were the prototypes while the 65d-f were the production models. The Ar 65d was delivered in 1933 and served alongside the Ar 64 in the two fighter groups - Fliegergruppe Döberitz and Fliegergruppe Damm. In 1935, the Ar 65 was reduced to a training aircraft. Production of the fighter was discontinued in 1936. But the next year, 12 of them were presented to Germany's ally - the Royal Bulgarian Air Force. The final production total was 85 aircraft.


  • Variants 1
  • Operators 2
  • Specifications (Ar 65E) 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


Ar 65a
Prototype, powered by a 559 kW (750 hp) BMW VI 7.3 12-cylinder water-cooled engine. First flight in 1931.
Ar 65b
Prototype, similar to the 65a but with minor structural changes.
Ar 65c
Prototype, similar to the 65b but with minor structural changes.
Ar 65d
Production model.
Ar 65E
Similar to the 65d, but with the removal of the vertical fuselage magazine of six 10 kg (22 lb) bombs.
Ar 65F
Final production model. Similar to the 65E.


Bulgarian Air Force


Specifications (Ar 65E)

Data from [1]

General characteristics
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 8.4011 m (27 ft 6.75 in)
  • Wingspan: 11.20 m (36 ft 9 in)
  • Height: 3.4227 m (11 ft 2.75 in)
  • Wing area: 23 m2 (250 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,510 kg (3,329 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,930 kg (4,255 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × BMW VI 7.3 V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine, 560 kW (750 hp) for take-off, 372.85 kW (500 hp) continuous maximum power


  • Maximum speed: 186 km/h (116 mph; 100 kn) at 1,650 m (5,413 ft)
  • Cruising speed: 246 km/h (153 mph; 133 kn) at 1,400 m (4,593 ft)
  • Service ceiling: 7,600 m (24,935 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 10.60 m/s (2,086 ft/min)
  • Time to altitude:
1,000 m (3,281 ft) in 1.5 minutes
5,000 m (16,404 ft) in 10.6 minutesArmament

See also

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists


  1. ^ Green, William (1970). Warplanes of the Tthird Reich. New York: Doubleday & Company Inc. pp. 26–27.  
  • Green, William, and Gordon Swanborough, The Complete Book of Fighters (Salamander Books, 2002)
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