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Arado Ar 234

The Arado Ar 234 was the world’s first operational jet powered bomber, built by the German Arado company in the closing stages of World War II. In the field it was used almost entirely in the reconnaissance role, but in its few uses as a bomber it proved to be nearly impossible to intercept.

 

It is commonly known as Blitz (“lightning”), though this name refers only to the B-2 bomber variant, and it is not clear whether it was ever formally applied instead of being derived from the informal term Blitz-Bomber (roughly, “very fast bomber”). The alternate name Hecht (“pike”) is derived from one of the units equipped with this plane, Sonderkommando Hecht.

Ar 234

Role

Reconnaissance Bomber

Manufacturer

Arado Flugzeugwerke

First flight

15-Jun-43

Introduction

16316

Status

Retired

Primary user

Luftwaffe

Number built

210

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