Started by GTX, January 28, 2011, 01:41:21 PM
Quote from: GTX on January 28, 2011, 01:41:21 PMAny other ideas?
Quote from: apophenia on January 29, 2011, 06:25:04 PMThe Arado Ar-296 was an attempt to improve top-speed performance of Kriegsmarine shipboard aircraft. The goal was to transform the Ar-196B into a float fighter capable of intercepting Allied patrol aircraft such as the Consolidated Cataline flying boat.Arado prepared a prototype Ar-296A by rebuilding an Ar-196 prototype as a single-seater. The Kriegsmarine was not impressed with performance gains and the type was rejected. This led to the Ar-296B proposal mating the basic airframe with a DB-601A inline engine. The Ar-296B powerplant and cowling were to come from an Arado-built Bf-109E-2. To ensure maximum possible top-speed, the Ar-296B would be able to discard its twin floats. This, it was believed, would permit one-off interceptions at higher altitude.Again, the concept was rejected as having insufficient performance. Nor was the Kriegsmarine willing to regard shipboard aircraft as 'disposable'. Arado's final variation on the float fighter theme was the Ar-296C proposal. For the Ar-296C, the airframe was cleaned up, the floats were fixed, and the engine coolant radiators were relocated the into the float strut leading edges. This fighter was submitted to the Luftwaffe as a potential convoy escort for use in the Mediterranean and Black Seas.
Quote from: GTX on January 28, 2011, 10:28:26 PMHow about spats?Regards,Greg
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