Sunday, 4 November 2012

Arsenal VG 33 tested by the Luftwaffe at Rechlin

Courtesy of Jean-Yves Lorant and from his extensive personal archive, I am pleased to present two superb images of the sole example of the Arsenal VG 33 tested by the Luftwaffe. Coded '3+5'  the aircraft is photographed here at the Rechlin Erprobungsstelle. You may have seen these in much lesser quality elsewhere - at least one was previously published in Fremde Vogel unterm Balkenkreuz.. Click on the images to see a larger full screen view !

Je te remercie Jean-Yves!..

The Arsenal VG 33 was the most visible model of a ‘family’ of light, fast and manoeuvrable French fighter types being developed during 1939 - 1940 to replace the Ms 406. In fact many sources quote the VG 33 – of which only a handful of examples approached service due to production difficulties – as being somewhat superior to the Dewoitine D.520....