X-Plane 9.70+ Arado Ar 196 A-3 v1. The Arado Ar196 was the best known German seaplane of the Second World War. It was mainly employed by the Coastal Air Wings and Marine Reconnaissance units, but a number also found their way onto German capital ships. One of the few seaplanes to see service in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea, the Ar.196's primary duties consisted of reconnaissance and shadowing of service vessels. After Germany's capital ships ceased active participation in the war, most Ar.196 were relegated to sea patrols from shore bases. Important readme file included. By Paolo Matricardi and Ron Norvell. Pilot animations by Bertrand Augras. Sounds by Chris Wraight.