Arado 196 Water Landing Does'nt Quite Go To Plan.

The Arado 196 lands fine although abit wobbly on the water,but during takeoff the engine falls off and bursts into flames.

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Manufacturer Arado
Maiden flight May 1937
Introduced November, 1938
Primary users Kriegsmarine
Bulgarian Air Force
Finnish Air Force
Romanian Air Force
Produced 1938-44
Number built 541


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The plane was loved by its pilots, who found it handled well both in the air and on the water. With the loss of the German surface fleet the A-1s were added to coastal squadrons, and continued to fly reconnaissance missions and submarine hunts into late 1944. Two notable operations were the capture of HMS Seal, and the repeated interception of RAF Armstrong-Whitworth Whitley bombers. Although it was no match for a fighter, it was considerably better than its Allied counterparts, and generally considered the best of its class. Owing to its good handling on water, the Finnish Air Force utilized Ar 196 solely on transporting and supplying special forces patrols behind enemy lines, landing on small lakes in remote areas. Several fully equipped soldiers were carried in the fuselage.

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