Arado Ar 65
Type
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
Engine
1 BMW  VI 7.3Z
 
1 BMW  VI 7.3Z
Dimensions
Length 8.37 m, height 3.52 m, span 11.2 m, wing area 30 m2
Weights
Empty 1490 kg, pilot 80 kg, fuel (200 l) and oil (17 l)175 kg, load 119 kg, flying weight 1864 kg
Empty 1510 kg,
pilot 80 kg, fuel and
oil 175 kg, load
165 kg, flying
weight 1930 kg    
Empty 1490 kg,
pilot 80 kg, fuel
(200 l) and oil (17 l)
175 kg, load 119
kg, flying weight
1864 kg
Performance
Max. speed at sea level 282 km/h, at 1000 m 280 km/h, at 2000 m 278 km/h, at 3000 m 274 km/h, at
4000 m 267 km/h, at 5000 m 257 km/h, at 6000 m 242 km/h, climb to 1000 m 1 min. 36 sec., to 2000 m 3
min. 24 sec., to 3000 m 5 min. 39 sec., to 4000 m 8 min. 24 sec., to 5000 m 12 min. 12 sec., to 6000 m
17 min., cruising speed at 1400 m 246 km/h, at 6500 m 230 km/h, landing speed 100 km/h, range 420
km, service ceiling 7350 m, required runway for take off 90 m
Max. speed at sea
level 300 km/h, at
1000 m 299 km/h,
at 2000 m 298
km/h, at 3000 m
293 km/h, at 4000
m 287 km/h, at
5000 m 281 km/h,
at 6000 m 273
km/h, climb to 1000
m 1 min. 30 sec., to
2000 m 3 min. 8
sec., to 3000 m 5
min. 6 sec., to
4000 m 7 min. 27
sec., to 5000 m 10
min. 36 sec., to
6000 m 14 min. 29
sec.,  cruising
speed at 1500 m
250 km/h,  landing
speed 100 km/h,
range 450 km,
service ceiling
7600 m, required
runway for take off
90 m  
Max. speed at sea
level 282 km/h, at
1000 m 280 km/h,
at 2000 m 278
km/h, at 3000 m
274 km/h, at 4000
m 267 km/h, at
5000 m 257 km/h,
at 6000 m 242
km/h, climb to 1000
m 1 min. 36 sec., to
2000 m 3 min. 24
sec., to 3000 m 5
min. 39 sec., to
4000 m 8 min. 24
sec., to 5000 m 12
min. 12 sec., to
6000 m 17 min.,
cruising speed at
1400 m 246 km/h,
at 6500 m 230
km/h, landing
speed 100 km/h,
range 420 km,
service ceiling
7350 m, required
runway for take off
90 m
Armament
2 fixed MG 08/15 with 500 rpg + a vertical magazin for 6 - 10 kg bombs
The Ar 65 was a prewar German biplane, which flew with BMW VI engine as a first prototype fighter. The engine gave a normal rating of 500hp. Two subsequent prototypes introduced a number of modifications to the basic designed the Ar 65D that joined the programme in 1932 was markedly improved both in handling and performance. Eventually the German RLM instructed the Arado Company to prepare for series production for use by the so-called Reklamefliegerabteilung.

Further minor modifications were carried out and the biplane fighter entered production at Warnemunde as the Ar 65E, which was armed with two 7.9mm MG17 machine guns mounted on the nose ahead of the cockpit. The Reklamme-Staffel, which was to be officially designated JG/132 and later JG/2 in March 1935, began to receive the Heinkel He-51. For some time both types of biplane operated alongside each other until in 1935 the Arado Ar 65 transferred to the DVS Jagdfliegerschule at Schliessheim to serve in the fighter-training role. From early in the war the Ar 65 were used by the Luftwaffe in training role at Olmutz, Prostnitz and Pilsen. During the period from 1942-43 they were used by Erganzungs-Schleppgruppen 1 and 2 to tow DFS 230 gliders for carrying troops from Kuban bridgehead in Russia.