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Dornier Do 217

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The Dornier Do 217 was a larger and faster version of the Dornier Do 17. It had better aerodynamics with a wider and longer fuselage.-

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A requirement for the Do 217 was that it should be able to act as a dive bomber and some had large air brakes in the tail. This requirement was eventually withdrawn.-

Do 217K and Do 217M
In early 1942 the Do 217K and Do 217M were being developed and produced at the same time. The were basically the same except for the engines. The nose was enlarged and glazed.

Do 217J and Do 217N
Night fighters that were converted on the production line. They had a stepped windscreen and solid noses containing the primary armament.-

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Specifications (Dornier Do 217M-1)

Type: Four Seat Medium Bomber

Powerplant: (M-1, N-2) Two 1,750 hp (1305 kW) Daimler-Benz DB 603A 12-cylinder inverted Vee piston engines. (E-2, J-2) Two 1,580 hp (1180 kW) BMW 801A or 801M 18-cylinder two row radials. (K-2) Two 1,700 hp (1268 kW) BMW 801D. (P-1) Two 1,860 hp (1388 kW) DB 603B supercharged by DB 605T in the fuselage.

Performance: (M-1) Maximum speed 348 mph (557 km/h) at 18,700 ft (5700 m); cruising speed 248 mph (400 km/h); service ceiling 31,170 ft (9500 m). (E-2) 320 mph (515 km/h). (K-2) 333 mph (533 km/h). (J and N) 311 mph (498 km/h). (P) 488 mph (781 km/h) with a service ceiling of 53,000 ft (16154 m).

Range: (M-1) 1,336 miles (2150 km) with full bombload. This range was similar for all variants.

Weight: (M-1, K-2) Empty equipped 19,489 lbs (8840 kg) with a maximum take-off weight of 36,817 lbs (16700 kg). (E-2) empty equipped 19,522 lbs (8850 kg) with a maximum take-off weight of 33,070 lbs (15000 kg). (J and N) empty equipped 21,000 lbs (9450 kg) with a maximum take-off weight of 30,203 lbs (13590 kg). (P) empty equipped about 23,000 lbs (10350 kg) with a maximum take-off weight of 35,200 lbs (15840 kg).

Dimensions: (M-1) Span 62 ft 4 in (19.00 m); length 55 ft 5 1/4 in (16.90 m); height 16 ft 4 3/4 in (5.00 m); wing area 613.54 sq ft (57.0 sq m).

Armament: (M-1) Two 13 mm (0.50 in) MG 131 and up to six 7.92 mm (0.31 in) MG 81 machine guns, plus up to 8,818 lbs (4000 kg) of bombs. Similar to the E-2 in position. (E-2) One fixed 15 mm MG 151/15 machine gun in the nose, one 13 mm MG 131 in dorsal turret, one MG 131 manually aimed at lower rear, three 7.92 mm MG 15 manually aimed in nose and beam windows plus 8,818 lbs (4000 kg) of bombs, including 3,307 lbs (1500 kg) carried externally. Could also carry torpedoes for anti-shipping. (K-2) Defensive armament similar to the E-2, plus a battery of four 7.92 mm MG 81 fixed rearward firing in the tail. Sometimes carried and additional two 7.92 mm MG 81s in nacelles (sighted and fired by the pilot). The offensive armament consisted of two SD 1400 X (Fritz X) radio controlled glide bombs and/or Hs 293 air-to-surface rocket guided missiles. (J and N) Typical armament consisted of four 20 mm MG FF cannon and four 7.92 mm MG 17 in the nose and one MG 131 for lower rear defence. The N-2 often had later guns such as MG 151/20 in the nose and MG 151/20 or MK 108 30 mm in Schrage Musik upward firing installation. (P) Three pairs of MG 81 for defence and two 1,102 lbs (500 kg) bombs on underwing racks.

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