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France's Arsenal VG-33 fighter


Development of the Arsenal VG-33 started in 1937.

Construction of the Arsenal VG-33 was wood. The VG-33 was a low wing fighter plane.


The VG-30 first flew on October 1, 1938 at Villacoublay.

The VG-33 first flew in spring 1939.


An order was placed for 820.

Manufacturing was done at the Chantiers Aéro-Maritimes de la Seine at Sartrouville. By May 1940 there were only 12 completed and 160 more were in the process of being constructed.

  • Arsenal VG-33:
    • Manufacturer: Arsenal de l'Aéronautique


  • Arsenal VG-30: Prototype. First of series.
  • Arsenal VG-31: Prototype. Smaller wing surface.
  • Arsenal VG-32: Prototype. Same wing size as VG-30. Had Allison V-1710-C15 engine with a supercharger (1,054 HP).
  • Arsenal VG-33: Production model.
  • Arsenal VG-34: Prototype. Had a Hispano-Suiza engine (910 HP). Could go 327 mph / 575 kph at 20,395' / 6,200 m.
  • Arsenal VG-35: Prototype. Had a more powerful engine.
  • Arsenal VG-36: Prototype. Had modified radiator and landing gear.
  • Arsenal VG-39: Prototype. Had a Hispano-Suiza 12Z engine (1,280 HP). Had six MGs. Had a modified wing.


Never became operational.


  Arsenal VG-33
Type Fighter
Crew 1
Engine (Type) Hispano-Suiza 12Y, Hispano-Suiza 12Y31
Cylinders V 12
Cooling Liquid
Net HP 860
Propeller blades  
Span 35' 5"
10.8 m
Length 28' 4"
8.64 m
Height 10' 10"
3.3 m
Wing area  
Loaded 6,393 lb
2,896 kg
Speed @ 17,060' /
5,200 m
347 mph
558 kph
Service ceiling 36,090'
11,000 m
Range 745 miles
1,200 km
Armament 1: 20 mm
4: MG
Wings 4: 7.5 mm MG


  1. Complete Book of World War II Combat Aircraft, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, Pierluigi Pinto, 1988
  2. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
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