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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 Do217J-2 Do217N-1
Dimensions
Length, m 17.25 17.25* 17.12 17.12 17.67** 17.67**
Wing span, m 19.0
Wing area without a fuselage, m² 48.5
Wing area,including a fuselage, m² 56.7
Height in line of flight, m 4.8
Weight, kg:
Empty weight, kg 8590 8855 - 9065 8730 10270
Loaded weight 15290 16465 - 16790 13180 13200
Powerplant
Engine (two) BMW 801MA BMW 801ML BMW 801D DB603A BMW 801ML DB603A
Power, hp takeoff 1580 1580 1700 1750 1580 1750
at altitude 1460 1380 1440 1620 1380 1850
m 5000 4600 5700 5700 4600 2100
Performance
Maximum speed, km/h at altitude 497 515 515 560 489 515
m 5600 5200 4000 5700 5500 6000
Cruise speed, km/h at altitude 410 415 - 400 465 470
m 5200 5200 -     5400
Rate of climb min - - - 6.7 3.5 9
to altitude, m - - - 2000 1000 4000
Ceiling, m 7000 7500 - 7350 9000 8900
Range, km 2400 2300 - 2150 2050 1755
Armament
7.92-mm machine guns 5-7 3 3*** 3*** 4 4
13-mm machine guns no 2 2/3 2/3 2 2
15/20-mm cannon 1 1 no no 4 4
Internal bomb load, kg 2500 2500 2500 2500 no 400
Bombs, kg 3000 4000 4000 4000 no 400

* - without a tail air brake.

** - without radar antennas.

*** - 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 217M

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

References

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

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