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Arado SC II

The German aircraft manufacturer Arado designed and manufactured the Arado SC II, a biplane trainer.

It was developed in the late 1920s and heavily based on its predecessor, the SC I.

The SC II featured a more powerful BMW Va inline engine and larger dimensions for the airframe.

In early 1928, the prototype, modified from an SC I, successfully completed its maiden flight.

However, during an acceptance flight at Warnemünde, the aircraft was lost due to its tendency to tip onto its wings during landings.

Despite this issue, Arado decided to continue with production.

A total of ten SC II aircraft were produced, with the majority being flown by the Deutsche Verkehrsfliegerschule (DVF).

The DVF utilised these aircraft for advanced pilot training and aerial displays.

One SC II was taken to China as a display model, no purchases ensued, and the aircraft was destroyed by an accidental fire.

Although the SC II served as a trainer for some time, attempts to sell it further proved unsuccessful, leading to no additional production batches.





8.8 m (28 ft 10 in)


13.2 m (43 ft 4 in)


3.47 m (11 ft 5 in)

Wing area

39.98 m2 (430.3 sq ft)

Empty weight

1,275 kg (2,811 lb)

Gross weight

1,985 kg (4,376 lb)


1 × BMW Va 6-cylinder inline water-cooled piston engine,

240 kW (320 hp)


Maximum speed

180 km/h (110 mph, 97 kn)

Service ceiling

5,000 m (16,000 ft)

Time to altitude

1,000 m (3,300 ft) in three minutes and 30 seconds

Wing loading

50 kg/m2 (10 lb/sq ft)


0.1208 kW/kg (0.0735 hp/lb)

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