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Dornier Do 228

Germany (1982)
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The Dornier Do 228 proved to be a versatile performer in the years covering its production run - restarted in 2009.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Dornier Do 228 Utility Transport / Maritime Patrol Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 11/8/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Dornier Do 228 was introduced in 1982 and was developed as a light utility transport and maritime patrol aircraft for several global military branches while also finding homes in commercial service. The high-wing monoplane has become a versatile and steady performer for many with power coming from 2 x Garrett (later Honeywell) engines and crewed by two to four personnel depending on the model and specified role. The Dornier firm would later be acquired by Fairchild in 1996 and production of the model moved exclusively to India through the HAL brand label. This has helped India become one of the largest operators of the line.

The Do 228 followed the Do 28 line (detailed elsewhere on this site) which, itself, was based on the single-engine Do 27 of the mid-1950s. It was given a boxy fuselage design which allowed for high-quantity passenger seating and impressive cargo loads. The Do 228 appeared in several minor variants, each offering up subtle improvements and changes to suit differing roles, while others were pushed into more specialized military roles fitted with powerful search radars. The Do 28E-TNT became a Do 28D model outfitted with a High Technology wing and used to trial the design along with 2 x Garret TPE331-5-252D engines. First flight was on June 14th, 1979 and this wing later went on to serve the true Do 228 series. Formal Do 228 prototypes began flying in 1981.

The Do 228-100 (project E-1) was given passenger seating for fifteen and the Do 228-212 (project E-2) seating for up to nineteen. Among the users of the Do 228, Germany, India and Thailand have stood out and the latter fielding the system with a Bendix search radar for maritime patrol duty. India has utilized the aircraft across all three major air service branches - also in the maritime patrol role. Operators are plenty, ranging from Angola and Bangladesh to Seychelles and Venezuela - in both military and civilian market roles.
Production of Do 228s ran from 1981 until 1998 to which attention then fell on the Do 328 twin-engine product - successor to the Do 228. Do 228 lines were reestablished once more in 2009 and, to date, around 275 examples have been produced in all.

October 2017 - The Bangladeshi Navy has ordered a pair of Do 228 aircraft to further strengthen its existing Do-228 fleet. These aircraft are primarily used in the maritime patrol and Search and Rescue (SAR) roles. The Navy has used the an original pair of Do 228 aircraft since delivery in 2013. The new order will being its fleet strength to four examples.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 300mph
Lo: 150mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (268mph).

    Graph average of 225 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: Germany
Year: 1982
Type: Utility Transport / Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Dornier GmbH - West Germany
Production: 275
Status: Active, In-Service
Global Operators:
Angola; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Cape Verde; Finland; Germany; West Germany; India; Italy; Malawi; Mauritius; Netherlands; Oman; Seychelles; Thailand; United Kingdom
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Dornier Do 228-100 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
49.31 ft


Meters
15.03 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
55.68 ft


Meters
16.97 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
15.94 ft


Meters
4.86 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
7,132 lb


Kilograms
3,235 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
12,566 lb


Kilograms
5,700 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x Garrett TPE331-5 turboprop engines developing 715 horsepower each.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
268 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
432 kph


Knots
233 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
1,075 mi


Kilometers
1,730 km


Nautical Miles
934 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
29,600 ft


Meters
9,022 m


Miles
5.61 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
2,050 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
625 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• Do 228 - Base Series Designation
• Do 228-100 - Improved Range Model
• Do 228-101 - Strengthened fuselage and landing gears for increased payload support.
• Do 228-200 - Increased Payload Model
• Do 228-201 - Similar improvements as in the 228-101.
• Do 228-202 - Licensed Production Models in India under HAL brand.
• Do 228-212 - Definitive 228; improved performance, updated avionics package and increased operational weights.
• Do 228NG ("Next Generation") - RUAG Aviation model of 2013 for Japanese service; five-bladed composite propellers; uprated engines; digital cockpit.