Monday, July 6, 2015
Arado AR 196 B
In November 1937, the Arado design plans of the zero series were available in the Ministry of Aviation. It commissioned in February 1938 the construction of ten pre-production aircraft. The aircraft were all produced by the Arado plant in Brandenburg. The first machine was completed on October 18, 1938. Until the end of 1938 was followed by three more, and until April 1939 Arado could complete the order. The A-0 differed only slightly from the two prototypes V1 and V2. They also had a bomb in the rear suspension and pulpit a single machine gun type MG 15 . In addition, the machine with the BMW 132K engine were equipped (960 hp), which became the standard engine for all subsequent series.
The three machines of the B-0 series with the serial numbers 2519, 2520 and 2521 had a single central float with stabilizing floats under the wings. Your equipment corresponded otherwise the A-2. The troops took place from 1940 to 1941. testing The three machine then flew in aboard Squadron 1/196 in Wilhelmshaven.
In spring 1939, the serial numbers were in 2520 (central float) and 2523 (twin float) the 10th season of the (lake) teaching Squadron 2 passed in Travemünde to flight and field tests.