Arado Ar234A (early skid version) recon jet info.

Discussion in 'The War In The Air' started by Shessi, Jul 14, 2019.

  1. Shessi

    Shessi Junior Member

    Hi Folks,
    I'd like to pick the collective's brains about this. I have searched high and low for info/pics of the rear underside of the early A model 234.

    The V or A models were fitted with two recon cameras in the tail, facing directly downwards. They were angled at 12 degs right and left to get full coverage, BUT I cannot find any pics of the cameras ports from the underside. There are plenty of the mock-up versions and even shown fitted from the top in use, but nothing from below.

    The rear fuselage surely cannot be open to the elements, as the tail would get presurised and over stressed, also this would allow water/condensation to get in? So were there fixed perspex panels fitted, or perspex panels with covers that were opened when the cameras were activated?

    In Erich Sommer's book (an Ar234A pilot), he states he 'opens the shutters' on several occasions, now is that opening shutters/covers to expose the camera lenses or does it mean to operate the cameras and take pictures ie a camera shutter??

    If anyone can help, thank you.

  2. Shessi

    Shessi Junior Member

    Well, appreciate the 31 that looked at the page, but surprised no one knew anything!
    Anyhow, if anyone else is searching here's the low-down.

    The rear lower fuselage mounted cameras actually had two openable sliding fuselage covers. They were controlled by way of a crank handle in the cockpit, and slid forwards, by a matter of 18'' / 45cm. The rear fuselage wasn't pressurised. When finished the covers were wound back. Basic, but allowed unobstructed or undistorted camera lens views.

    So now you know.....made your year hasn't it? lol

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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Shessi thank you for the info
    very interesting

  4. Shessi

    Shessi Junior Member

    Hi CL1,
    Thanks for that. Yes, I have that book. Very good, interesting and full of detail.
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