Dornier Do P

The Dornier Do P was a German four-engined heavy bomber, manufactured by Dornier Flugzeugwerke in the 1930s. It was built as part of the secret rearmament of Germany, in opposition to the Treaty of Versailles.

Dornier Do P
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Role Heavy bomber
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Dornier Flugzeugwerke
First flight March 31, 1930

Design and developmentEdit

Construction of the Do P began in July 1929, and its first flight took place on March 31, 1930. The aircraft was tested in such places as Lipetsk.[1] The Do P was a monoplane constructed mainly of metal, but covered in some places by fabric. The aircraft was powered by four nine-cylinder Siemens Jupiter VI, each with 530 horsepower. The aircraft had a crew of six. It was eventually developed into the Dornier Do 11.[2]

SpecificationsEdit

General characteristics

  • Crew: six
  • Length: 23.4 m (76 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 30 m (98 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 6.91 m (22 ft 8 in)
  • Wing area: 152.6 m2 (1,643 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 3,630 kg (8,003 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 12,000 kg (26,455 lb)
  • Powerplant: 4 × Siemens Jupiter VI radial, 400 kW (530 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 210 km/h (130 mph, 110 kn)
  • Service ceiling: 3,500 m (11,500 ft)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Schliephake, Hanfried (1971). The birth of the Luftwaffe. Regnery. p. 20.
  2. ^ Wragg, David W. (1986). The offensive weapon: the strategy of bombing. R. Hale. p. 56. ISBN 978-0-7090-2787-4.