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Arado E.500

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Arado E.500
Role Heavy fighter
National origin German Reich (Nazi period) Deutsches Reich
Manufacturer Arado Flugzeugwerke
First flight
Number built Not produced

The Arado E.500 was a concept for a heavy fighter manufactured by Arado Flugzeugwerke in 1936.


Due to a relatively short fuselage and an extended twin tail boom this aircraft type could accommodate a heavy attack and defense armament. The latter consisted of two revolving turrets on the upper and lower fuselage, each equipped with two 2 cm guns. The upper turret would be manually operated by a gunner, while the second gunner, located on the fuselage underside in a trough, aimed it via a periscope installation. The third gunner operated the fixed weapons in the nose of the machine. The plane had a twin tail.[1]

Arado developed a 1:1 mock-up; however, it did not find the interest of the Technical Office of the Ministry of Aviation. The project was subsequently discontinued.


General characteristics

  • Crew: Four
  • Powerplant: 2 × DB 603

Performance Armament

  • Guns:
    • Two Rh-LB-202 20 mm cannons in dorsal turret
    • Two Rh-LB-202 20 mm cannons in ventral gun position controlled by periscope



  1. Jörg Armin Kranzhoff (1997). "Arado+E.500"&dq="Arado+E.500"&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiU7N_ngI7bAhVK74MKHTkzCyUQ6AEIMDAC Arado: History of an Aircraft Company. Schiffer Book for Collectors. pp. 105, 107. ISBN 9780764302930.
  2. Jean-Denis G.G. Lepage (2009) (in English), Aircraft of the Luftwaffe, 1935–1945: An Illustrated Guide, Koblenz: McFarland, ISBN 0-7864-5280-3 

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