Dornier Do 215

1st Flight 1938
The Dornier Do 215 was a light bomber, aerial reconnaissance aircraft and later a night fighter, produced by Dornier originally for export, but in the event most served in the Luftwaffe.
Dornier Do 215
Like its predecessor, the Dornier Do 17, it inherited the title “The Flying Pencil” because of its slim fuselage.
The successor of the Do 215 was the Do 217.
Dornier Do 215
The Luftwaffe initially operated the Do 215 as a bomber and reconnaissance aircraft.
Aircraft equipped with Rb 20/30 and Rb 50/30 cameras were used for long-range reconnaissance missions, primarily at the Ob.d.L.
Dornier Do 215
Later aircraft operated as night fighters.
The last of the Do 215s were retired in late 1944.
Dornier Do 215
Specifications-
Crew: 4
Length: 15.8 m (51 ft 10 in)
Wingspan: 18 m (59 ft 1 in)
Height: 4.56 m (15 ft 0 in)
Wing area: 55 m2 (590 sq ft)
Dornier Do 215
Airfoil: root: NACA 2218; tip: NACA 2209
Empty weight: 5,775 kg (12,732 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 8,600 kg (18,960 lb)
Fuel capacity: 1,550 l (410 US gal; 340 imp gal) in two wing tanks + optional 875 l (231 US gal; 192 imp gal) auxiliary tank in the bomb bay
Power plant: 2 × Daimler-Benz DB 601Aa V-12 inverted liquid-cooled piston engines
Propellers: 3-bladed constant-speed propellers
Dornier Do 215
Performance
Maximum speed: 385 km/h (239 mph, 208 kn) at sea level
405 km/h (252 mph; 219 kn) at 4,000 m (13,000 ft)
470 km/h (290 mph; 250 kn) at 5,000 m (16,000 ft)
Cruise speed: 410 km/h (250 mph, 220 kn) at 4,000 m (13,000 ft)
Combat range: 380 km (240 mi, 210 nmi) with standard fuel and 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) bomb-load
Ferry range: 2,448 km (1,521 mi, 1,322 nmi) with 875 l (231 US gal; 192 imp gal) auxiliary tank
Service ceiling: 9,000 m (30,000 ft)
Rate of climb: 6.067 m/s (1,194.3 ft/min)
Wing loading: 105.1 kg/m2 (21.5 lb/sq ft)
Power/mass: 0.184 kW/kg (0.112 hp/lb)
Dornier Do 215
Armament
Guns: 4 × 7.92 mm (0.312 in) MG 15 machine guns, (later upgraded to 6)
Bombs: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) bombs carried internally
Dornier Do 215
Credits
Dornier Do 215-Mikael Olrog
The Encyclopedia of World Aircraft-David Donald
A Centenary of Dornier Aircraft 1919-2019-Miles Davidson
Wikipedia

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