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Do-217

Medium Bomber and Reconnaissance aircraft

Dornier

Do-217

Do-217 The heavy and diving bomber was projected by firm "Dornier", as a warplane of long-range of action. Do-217 Became increased version Do-215.

The first flight of the new machine in August, 1938.

The first production model became Do-217E; these 800 airplanes have been issued in versions from Do-217E-0 up to Do-217E-4 and equipped radial engines BMW-801. Then 950 night bombers Do-217K were built. Last model was Do-217M with engines DB-603.

Besides prototypes and pre-series machines of bomber Do-217C, high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft Do-217P and airplane - rocket carrier Do-217R have been created.

Specification
Do217E-1/3 Do217E-2 Do217K-1 Do217M-1
Dimensions
Length, m 17.25 17.25* 17.12 17.12
Wing span, m 19.0
Wing area without a fus., m² 48.5
Wing area,including a fus., m² 56.7
Height in line of flight, m 4.8
Weight, kg:
Empty weight, kg 8590 8855 - 9065
Loaded weight 15290 16465 - 16790
Powerplant
Engine (two) BMW 801MA BMW 801ML BMW 801D DB603A
Power, hp takeoff 1580 1580 1700 1750
at alt 1460 1380 1440 1620
m 5000 4600 5700 5700
Performance
Max speed, km/h at alt 497 515 515 560
m 5600 5200 4000 5700
Cruise speed, km/h at alt 410 415 - 400
m 5200 5200
Rate of climb min - - - 6.7
to alt, m - - - 2000
Ceiling, m 7000 7500 - 7350
Range, km 2400 2300 - 2150
Armament
7.92-mm machine guns 5-7 3 3** 3**
13-mm machine guns no 2 2/3 2/3
15/20-mm cannon 1 1 no no
Internal bomb load, kg 2500 2500 2500 2500
Bombs, kg 3000 4000 4000 4000

* - without a tail air brake.

** - the nose 7.9-mm twin MG 81Z machine gun was quite often replaced with 13-mm MG 131.

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Do 217E-2 Do 217E-4

Do-317
High altitude bomber

Do 317

The development of the Do 317 paralleled the development of the Do 217. Therefore, the aircraft differed little from each other.

Do 317V-1
Do 317A
Crew 4
Dimensions
Wingspan, m 26,00
Length, m 16,80
Height, m 5,45
Weight
Empty, kg 11770
Maximum takeoff, kg 24000
Powerplant
2 × PE Daimler-Benz DB-610А/В, h p 2 × 2870
Performance
Max Speed, km/h 665
Cruise Speed, km/h 536
Service Range, km 4000
Service Ceiling, m 10500

Armament Do 317A. One front turret with two 13 mm MG-131 machine guns, one remote controlled turret in the front lower fuselage with 2 7.9 mm MG-81 machine guns, one remote controlled turret in the rear upper position with a pair of MG-131 and remotely controlled installation MG-151/20 in the tail cone; bomb load of 5600 kg in the bomb bay in combinations: 4 × 1400 kg, 2 × 1800 kg, 2 × 1400 kg + 1600-l tank in the front of the bomb bay.

Drawings Do 317

Bibliography

  • "Aviation of Luftwaffe" /Viktor Shunkov/
  • "Encyclopedia of military engineering" /Aerospace Publising/