Light fighter of the highest quality, the Arsenal VG-33 was conducted by the firm Arsenal Aeronautics and belonged to that generation of appliances of which production could not be completed because of the war. Given the international context of the time, it was necessary to rearm as quickly as possible an Air Force fighter starved of modern and efficient. A rate of 350 units per month was required. However, 160 copies of this aircraft had already reached an advanced stage of completion in June 1940, but only a dozen of these machines were able to fly.
The prototype VG-30 had the distinction of being built entirely of wood. This material non-strategic (as opposed to aluminum so commonly used in the manufacture of all aircraft) Skip all supply problems. Another advantage of wood put forward by the engineers of the Arsenal, was the ability to produce the subsets of the plane by carpenters and cabinetmakers.
The Arsenal VG-33 was as a low-wing single-seater built entirely of wood and powered by a Hispano-Suiza 12Y-cooled liquid. Its armament was limited to a cannon and four machine guns. The prototype, which flew in the spring of 1939, shows excellent overall performance, particularly in the area of speed, and reached 558 km / h during official tests conducted in August of that year. The performance of the prototype were higher than that of all fighter then in service as Dewoitine D.520. The VG 33 was in fact 30 km / h faster than the D.520 with a version of the engine Hispano Suiza 12 years older and less powerful than a hundred horses. Buy Flight Simulator