Arsenal VG 33


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Arsenal VG 33

The initial derivative of the VG 30, the VG 31, differed from its predecessor in having the radiator bath moved aft for CG reasons, and in having a smaller wing of 12.00m2. It was proposed to power this development with an 860hp Hispano-Suiza 12Y31 12- cylinder liquid-cooled engine, but the prototype was never assembled. The VG 32 reverted to the original wing and was powered by a 1,040hp Allison V-1710- C15 engine, but the prototype was captured by German forces at Villacoublay two weeks before its scheduled maiden flight in 1940. The first development of the basic design to fly was thus the VG 33, which commenced its test programme on 24 May 1939. A production contract for 220 examples was placed in September 1939, this contract eventually being increased to 1,000 machines, but only 19 had been completed by the Chantiers Aero-Maritimes de la Seine by the time France collapsed. The VG 33 carried an armament of one 20mm Hispano-Suiza 404 cannon and four 7.5mm MAC 1934 M39 machine guns, and was powered by an 860hp Hispano-Suiza 12Y31 engine.

Arsenal VG 33

  Take-off weight2720 kg5997 lb
  Empty weight1800 kg3968 lb
  Wingspan10.80 m35 ft 5 in
  Length8.55 m28 ft 1 in
  Height3.35 m11 ft 0 in
  Wing area14 m2150.69 sq ft
  Max. speed558 km/h347 mph
  Cruise speed487 km/h303 mph
  Ceiling11000 m36100 ft
  Range1200 km746 miles

Arsenal VG 33A three-view drawing (1663 x 1160)

Robert Willis, e-mail, 01.09.2020 02:07

re. "It's too bad that they didn't get nearly enough of them into combat to make a difference." - Agreed. The VG-33 was an exquisitely efficient machine. By comparison; the Potez 230, along with the MS 450 & SNCAO 200 were all a complete waste of time & effort. Air Minister La Chambre would have been wise to halt development of these three pointless aircraft by the end of 1938 at the latest. The resources thus freed up would have enabled VG-33 development to be greatly accelerated. This would have guaranteed that Arsenal's fighter could have gone into mass production by the start of Oct '39; enabling French industry to deliver at least two or three hundred prior to the May 10th 1940 attack; engines to be made available by phasing out MS 406 production during this timeframe.


Endicott Road, e-mail, 05.09.2008 05:46

This is the best looking, and probably the best performing French fighter before the surrender. It's too bad that they didn't get nearly enough of them into combat to make a difference. I'm putting together a model of one, and I like the sleek lines.
This also reminds me of the Italian Veltro and Folgore fighters.


pernoloco, e-mail, 23.07.2008 00:18

la verda es que si no sabes el pasado estas por repètir lo mismo otra vez la historia no perdona los errores


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