Arsenal VG 33
|| Single seat fighter
|| 1 Hispano-Suiza 12Y31 with a 3-bladed Chauviére 375, engine angled 1∘30 to the left
|| Length 8,55 m , height 3,31 m , span 10,80 m , wing area 14,0 m2 ,
|| Empty 1710 kg, loaded 2448 kg, max. take off weight , fuel 400 l
|| Max.. speed 455 km/h at sea level ,545 km/h 8000 m, 554 km/h at 6000 m, cruising speed , range 1200 km, endurance 2 h 50 min. , service ceiling 11000 m , climb to 5500 m 6 min. 5 sec., to 8000 m 10 min. 16 sec.
||1 20 mm HS 404 cannon with 60 rounds, 4 7,5 mm MAC 1934 machine guns with 500 rpg, 2 x 10 kg bombs
||3 + 5
||Tested at Erprobungsstelle Rechlin
L´Arsenal de l´Aéronautique had launched the mass production of a wooden fighter, using non-strategic materials, in the hope of being able to
to facilitate construction by non-aeronautical factories. The first copies of the series, built at Potez in Sartrouville, were assembled at Villacoublay. But before the German advance, Villacoublay was evacuated in late May and early June 1940, the pilots available going to the South of France aboard the planes. Nevertheless, some new aircraft, just out of the assembly line, could not be evacuated.
When the Germans arrived at Villacoublay, they discovered in the hangars some of these aircraft. Of these, several VG-33 at various stages of manufacture, as well as the VG-34 prototype, would be used. Other planes were discovered by the German army during its advance, including those of GC 1/55 immobilized in Bordeaux. One of them, probably number 5, was transferred to Erprobungsstelle Rechlin for evaluation.It made several flights by several German test pilots. It received the code "3 + 5" (for VG-33 No. 5), while retaining his original French camouflage.