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Arado Ar 199

The Arado Ar 199, a floatplane aircraft manufactured by Arado Flugzeugwerke, was designed in 1938 as a low-wing monoplane intended for launch from a catapult and operation over water.

The cockpit, which was enclosed, featured two side-by-side seats for the instructor and student, as well as a third rear seat for a trainee navigator or radio operator.

Germany’s Technical Office requested a modern naval trainer aircraft in 1938, leading to the development of the Arado Ar 199 for training complete seaplane crews.

This aircraft bore a resemblance to the Arado Ar 196 but was based on the Arado Ar 79 and Ar 96, constructed entirely of metal and capable of being launched from catapults.

Equipped with two all-metal floats ending in a flat stage, the Ar 199 also featured a keel with water rudders and was powered by an Argus As 410C engine.

To ensure optimal flight performance, the aircraft was equipped with rigid slats and large rudders.

The initial 4 prototypes were fitted with a VDM-adjusting air screw, while the subsequent series incorporated an Argus “Verstellluftschraube”.

A total of 31 Arado 199 aircraft were produced, consisting of 5 prototypes and 26 series machines.





10.57 m (34 ft 8 in)


12.7 m (41 ft 8 in)


4.36 m (14 ft 4 in)

Wing area

30.4 m2 (327 sq ft)

Empty weight

1,675 kg (3,693 lb)

Max take-off weight

2,075 kg (4,575 lb)


1 × Argus As 410C,

Inverted V-12 air cooled piston engine,

335.5 kW (449.9 hp)


2 bladed variable pitch propellers


Maximum speed

260 km/h (160 mph, 140 kn) at 3,000 m (9,843 ft)

Cruise speed

212 km/h (132 mph, 114 kn)


740 km (460 mi, 400 nmi)

Service ceiling

6,500 m (21,300 ft)

Rate of climb

4.5 m/s (890 ft/min)

Time to altitude

3,000 m (9,843 ft) in 11 minutes.

Arado Geschichte Eines Flugzeugwerks-Jorg Armin Kranzhoff.
Aircraft of the Luftwaffe 1935-1945, An Illustrated Guide-Jean-Denis GG LaPage.
The Official Monogram Painting Guide to German Aircraft, 1935-1945-Kenneth A Merrick & Thomas H Hitchcock.
Sea Eagles, Luftwaffe Anti Shipping Units, 1939-1941, Vol 1-Chris Goss.


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