Several theories have been put forth on the origin of the abbreviation A.R., the most common being:
- Avion Renault
- Avion de Reconnaissance
To further the confusion, the name Dorand is frequently mixed into the naming, though Commandant Dorand had little to do with the plane beyond the early specifications.
All that aside, the A.R.1 and A.R.2 are two of the great forgotten planes of the Great War. They are almost unknown even among aviation enthusiasts despite having served in large numbers.
Production aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:
- Davilla, p.37