Dornier Do 217

The Dornier Do 217 was a bomber used by Germany during World War II. It was designed from scratch as a replacement for the venerable Dornier Do 17.

Dornier Do 217
Class Aircraft
Type Bomber
Manufacturer Dornier Flugzeugwerke
Production Period 1940 - 1943
Origin Germany
Country Name Origin Year
Germany 1938
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Germany 1941 1945 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Dornier Flugzeugwerke 1940 1943 1925 View

Role Medium bomber
Heavy bomber
Night fighter
Reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer Dornier Flugzeugwerke
Designer Claude Dornier
First flight 4 October 1938
Introduction 1941
Retired 1945
Status Retired
Primary user Luftwaffe
Produced 1940–1943
Number built 1,925
Developed from Dornier Do 17
Variants Dornier Do 317


General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Length: 18.20 m (59 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 19.00 m (62 ft 4 in)
  • Height: 5.00 m (16 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 57.00 m (613 ft 6 in)
  • Empty weight: 9,350 kg (20,615 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 13,180 kg (29,059 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 x BMW 801A 14-cylinder radial engine, 1,560 PS (1,539 hp, 1,147 kW) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 487 km/h at 5,500 m (303 mph at 18,045 ft)
  • Range: 2,050 km (1,274 miles)
  • Service ceiling 8,400 m (27,560 ft)

Armament

  • 4 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine guns in nose with 1,000 rpg
  • 4 x 20 mm MG FF cannons in nose with 250 rpg
  • 2 x 13 mm MG 131 machine guns in dorsal and ventral positions with about 500 rpg apiece

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