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Shell Construction with Longitudinal Panels

W. Rethel (Herr Rethel is one of the most experienced German aeroplane designers. He started work with the Condor Works and with Franz Schneider at the Luft‐Verkehrs‐Gesellschaft; became chief designer to the Condor Works during the war, one of his successes being the Con.E.III cantilever parasol fighter of 1918; designed in 1919 one of the first commercial transport aeroplanes, the Dutch N.A.V.O. high‐wing cabin monoplane; worked as chief draughts‐man with the Fokker firm during 1920–1925 on fighters, flying‐boats and seaplanes: became chief designer to the Arado Works in 1926. Since this paper was read he has taken up the post of chief draughtsman at the Messerschmitt Works.)

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 1 October 1939



The Arado method of construction was evolved with the following objects in view: (1) Manufacture of a shell type fuselage with double curvature by a method avoiding panel beater work while obtaining an accurate adherence to given contour lines. (2) Use of normal tools without any special fittings. (3) Standard parts which can be used for several types of fuselages. (4)Adaptability to machine riveting or to electrical spot welding. (5) Use of strip material for the shell skin‐planking.


Rethel, W. (1939), "Shell Construction with Longitudinal Panels", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 11 No. 10, pp. 398-399.




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