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. Produced in very limited numbers, 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 was the last Luftwaffe aircraft to fly over England during the war, in April 1945.

The Ar 234 was commonly known as Blitz ("lightning"), although this name refers only to the B-2 bomber variant, and it is not clear whether it derived from the informal term Blitz-Bomber (roughly, "very fast bomber") or was ever formally applied. The alternate name Hecht ("pike") is derived from one of the units equipped with this aircraft, Sonderkommando Hecht.

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Arado Ar 234 - Specifications (Ar 234B-2)
... General characteristics Crew 1 Length 12.64 m (41 ft 6 in) Wingspan 14.41 m (47 ft 3 in) Height 4.29 m (14 ft 1 in) Wing area 26.4 m2 (284 sq ft) Empty weight 5,200 kg (11,464 lb) Max takeoff weight 9,800 kg (21,605 lb) Powerplant 2 × Junkers Jumo 004B-1 axial flow turbojet engines, 8.83 kN (1,990 lbf) thrust each Powerplant 2 × Walter HWK 109-500A-1 liquid fuelled jettison-able rocket pods, 4.905 kN (1,103 lbf) thrust each (optional) Performance Maximum speed 742 km/h (461 mph 401 kn) at 6,000 m (20,000 ft) Cruising speed 700 km/h (435 mph 378 kn) at 6,000 m (20,000 ft) Range 1,556 km (967 mi 840 nmi) with 500 kg (1,100 lb) bomb load Service ceiling 10,000 m (32,808 ft) Rate of climb 13 m/s (2,600 ft/min) Armament Guns 2 × 20 mm MG 151 cannon in tail firing to the rear (optional, rarely if ever installed) Bombs up to 1,500 kg (3,309 lb) of disposable stores on external racks. ...