Dornier Do N / Kawasaki Ka-87

The Dornier N was a bomber aircraft designed in Germany in the 1920s for production in Japan.

Production of 28 aircraft started in Japan in 1927, as the Kawasaki Ka 87 (also known as the Type 87 Night Bomber).

Designed and built as a landplane, its layout was strongly reminiscent of the Dornier flying boats of the same period, a parasol-wing, strut-braced monoplane with two engines, mounted in a push-pull nacelle above the wing.

Some of the 28 examples built saw action in Manchuria in 1931.

Specifications

Crew

Six

Length

18.0 m (59 ft 1 in)

Wingspan

26.80 m (87 ft 11 in)

Height

5.85 m (19 ft 2 in)

Wing area

121 m2 (1,300 sq ft)

Empty weight

4,400 kg (9,700 lb)

Gross weight

7,700 kg (16,976 lb)

Powerplant

2 × Kawasaki BMW VI water-cooled V-12 engines, 450 kW (600 hp) each

Performance

Maximum speed

181.1 km/h (112.5 mph, 97.8 kn) at sea level

Cruise speed

171 km/h (106 mph, 92 kn)

Service ceiling

5,000 m (16,000 ft)

Time to altitude

44 minutes to 3,000 ft (910 m)

Armament

Guns

5× 7.7 mm machine guns 

Bombs

1000 kg (2200 lb)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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