The DFS 331 was a transport glider prototype developed in a collaboration between DFS and Gotha. It was a twenty-seat troop transport designed by Hans Jacobs, who had previously produced the successful, nine seat DFS 230.
|First flight||30 September 1940|
The visibility from the cockpit was good, with the entire nose being glazed, and the body was very wide, allowing it to carry light Flak guns and small military vehicles. A single prototype was built and flown in 1941. The project was passed over in favour of the Gotha Go 242.
- Crew: 2
- Capacity: 20 troops or 2,300 kg (5,071 lb) of cargo
- Length: 15.81 m (51 ft 10 in)
- Wingspan: 23 m (75 ft 6 in)
- Height: 3.55 m (11 ft 8 in)
- Wing area: 60 m2 (650 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 2,270 kg (5,004 lb)
- Gross weight: 4,770 kg (10,516 lb)
- Never exceed speed: 330 km/h (210 mph, 180 kn)
- Maximum glide ratio: 1:18
- Maximum towing speed: 330 km/h (205 mph)
- Guns: 2x 7.92 mm (0.312 in) MG 15 machine-guns
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