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Dornier Do 328


Passenger Airliner


Germany | 1993



"The Dornier 328 prop-powered high-wing aircraft continued the line established by the original Do 27."



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The Dornier Do 328 is a high-winged, twin-turboprop regional airliner serving (or having served) a modest collection of global customers today (2022). Some 217 of the type have been built for service after a first-flight in December of 1991 and series introduction had in 1993. The aircraft has been built under the brand labels of Dornier, Fairchild-Dornier, and the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) from 1991 until 2000.

The general design arrangement of the aircraft is rather conventional: the flight deck features side-by-side seating for two and an elegantly-shaped nose section for excellent views out-of-the-cockpit for the pilots. The aircraft is given high-mounted mainplanes for excellent short-field performance, aiding in the low-and-slow flight envelope. The mainplanes are seated over the fuselage just ahead of midships, providing good ground clearance to the propeller units as well. The turboprop-based engines are positioned under the wings and extended out from the leading edges, each driving six-bladed propeller systems. At the rear is a single vertical fin with a crossing horizontal plane in the Multhopp "T-style" arrangement - the plane clearing the wash from the propellers. The undercarriage legs are deliberately short to ease loading and unloading of the aircraft. The wheeled units are all retractable into the design to preserve aerodynamic efficiency. Rectangular, hinged access doors along the side of the fuselage provide the needed entry-exit of the aircraft.

The initial market form of the series was the Do 328-100 and this was followed y the improved Do 328-110 which increased operational ranges as well as operating weights. The Do 328-120 saw its Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) capabilities enhanced even further while the Do 328-130 was given a higher speed progressive rudder authority reduction. The Do 328JET, formerly known as the Do 328-300, carries turbofans in place of the turboprops.

The specialized D328eco by Deutsche Aircraft of 2019 is an environmentally-friendly mark utilizing a power-to-liquid SAF engine scheme relying on green hydrogen pulled form CO2.

The Do 328 has also been taken on by the United States Air Force as the C-146A "Wolfhound" to operate under the banner of Special Operations Command. Some twenty airframes were procured for the sub-branch.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Dornier Do 328-110 Passenger Airliner.
2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) PW119B turboprop engines developing 2,179 horsepower each driving six-bladed propeller units.
Propulsion
395 mph
635 kph | 343 kts
Max Speed
385 mph
620 kph | 335 kts
Cruise Speed
31,020 ft
9,455 m | 6 miles
Service Ceiling
621 miles
1,000 km | 540 nm
Operational Range
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
NYC
 
  LON
LON
 
  PAR
PAR
 
  BER
BER
 
  MOS
MOS
 
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Dornier Do 328-110 Passenger Airliner.
2
(MANNED)
Crew
69.3 ft
21.11 m
O/A Length
68.8 ft
(20.98 m)
O/A Width
23.8 ft
(7.25 m)
O/A Height
19,665 lb
(8,920 kg)
Empty Weight
30,115 lb
(13,660 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
ALT
SPEED
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Dornier Do 328 family line.
Do 328 - Base Series Designation
Do 328-100 - Initial production model of 1993.
Do 328-110 - Increased operating range and operating weights.
Do 328-120 - Enhanced Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) capabilities.
Do 328-130 - Revised high-speed rudder functionality.
Do 328JET - Turbofan engines replacing the original turboprop arrangement.
Do 328eco - Power-to-Liquid SAF green hydrogen engine-capable.
C-146A "Wolfhound" - US AFSOC variant.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Dornier Do 328. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 217 Units

Contractor(s): Dornier; Fairchild-Dornier; Sierra Nevada Corporation - Germany / United States
National flag of Canada National flag of modern Germany National flag of Iceland National flag of Indonesia National flag of Nigeria National flag of the Philippines National flag of South Africa National flag of the United States

[ Botswana; Canada; Germany; Iceland; Indonesia; Malta; Nigeria; Philippines; South Africa; United States ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 400mph
Lo: 200mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (395mph).

Graph Average of 300 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Production Comparison
217
36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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Image of the Dornier Do 328
Image from the United States Department of Defense DVIDS imagery database.

Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
TRANSPORT
COMMERCIAL AVIATION
VIP SERVICE
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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