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DFS 230 Towed Transport Glider

The DFS 230 was the principle assault glider of the German Army in the early stages of World War 2.

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DFS 230 B-1 Technical Specifications

Service Year: 1938
Type: Towed Transport Glider
National Origin: Nazi Germany
Manufacturer(s): Deutsche Forschungsanstalt fur Segelflug (DFS) - Nazi Germany
Production Total: 1,625

Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 1
Overall Length: 36.88 feet (11.24 meters)
Overall Width: 72.11 feet (21.98 meters)
Overall Height: 8.99 feet (2.74 meters)

Weight (Empty): 1,896 lb (860 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 4,630 lb (2,100 kg)

Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

Propulsion: None. This is a towed glider aircraft.

Maximum Speed: 130 mph (210 kph; 113 knots)

Armament / Mission Payload

1 x 7.92mm MG 15 machine gun in cockpit rear
2 x 7.92mm MG 34 machine guns in fixed, forward-firing mounts along forward fuselage sides.

Global Operators / Customers

Nazi Germany

Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

DFS 230 - Base Series Designation
DFS 230 A-1
DFS 230 A-2
DFS 230 B-1
DFS 230 B-2
DFS 230 C-1
DFS 230 D-1
DFS 230 F-1

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