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Dornier Do P.247/6

Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Design Study

Nazi Germany | 1945

"The pusher-prop Dornier Do P.247-6 was briefly studied as a new heavy fighter for the German Luftwaffe during World War 2."

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Appearing in late-1944, the Dornier Do P.247/6 project was a short-lived offshoot design study influenced by the high performance Do 335 "Pfeil" (Arrow) twin-engine fighter - this heavy-class platform integrating its powerplants through an in-line arrangement, one seated forward of the cockpit and the other aft. The result was one of the fastest piston-powered fighters to see production during the whole of the war. From this experience, company engineers looked to develop another effective fighter / fighter-bomber, this time centered on a true "pusher" engine arrangement. With the engine set behind the pilot, the nose assembly was now hollowed out to encourage fitting of armament and the pilot's position was moved well-ahead of midships, giving excellent vision out-of-the-cockpit / over the nose.

This study produced a single-seat, single-engine design that could have been potentially produced at-speed in large numbers - particularly as the undercarriage and tailplanes were to be taken directly from the existing Do 335. The powerplant of choice was the proposed, experimental Junkers Jumo 213T inverted-Vee liquid-cooled, turbocharged engine running at 2,000 horsepower and used to drive a four-bladed propeller unit positioned at the extreme rear of the fuselage (via extension shaft). The engine itself was buried in the middle-aft section of the body with the cockpit held forward. Intakes were positioned to the sides of the fuselage at the wingroots. Mainplanes were positioned low along the sides of the fighter while given some sweepback to account for higher flying speeds. The tail, taken straight from the Do 335, incorporated a cruciform plane pattern with dorsal and ventral fins and standard horizontal planes. For ground-running, a rather modern retractable tricycle undercarriage would have been used.

Given that the high-speed fighter held its engine at the rear, the nose assembly could become a somewhat modular component of the design in that it could house armament but also specialized equipment for special-mission roles - antenna systems could be installed to have the fighter act as a night hunter.

With all this, engineers estimated their design to have a top speed of 515 to 520 miles-per-hour which would have made it faster than its twin-engine counterpart, the Do 335 (475 mph). Beyond this no other performance figures are known. Dimensions included a wingspan of 39.3 feet.

Again, this Dornier fighter proposal joined the many others put forth by industry players attempting to satisfy Luftwaffe needs during the war. The project never materialized beyond the paper stage.

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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 P.247/6 Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Design Study.
1 x Junkers Jumo 213T inverted-Vee liquid-cooled, turbocharged piston engine developing 2,000 horsepower driving four-bladed propeller unit in pusher arrangement.
519 mph
836 kph | 451 kts
Max Speed
388 mph
625 kph | 337 kts
Cruise Speed
36,745 ft
11,200 m | 7 miles
Service Ceiling
870 miles
1,400 km | 756 nm
Operational Range
1,800 ft/min
549 m/min
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Dornier P.247/6 Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Design Study.
41.8 ft
12.75 m
O/A Length
39.4 ft
(12.00 m)
O/A Width
15.6 ft
(4.75 m)
O/A Height
14,771 lb
(6,700 kg)
Empty Weight
20,283 lb
(9,200 kg)
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Dornier Do P.247/6 Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Design Study .
1 x 30mm MK 103 automatic cannon in nose assembly/
2 x 20mm MG 151.20 automatic cannons in nose assembly.

Up to 1,000lb of externally-held drop bombs (conventional ordnance), 2 x 500lb.
Notable series variants as part of the Dornier Do P.247/6 family line.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Dornier Do P.247/6. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 0 Units

Contractor(s): Dornier Flugzeugwerke - Nazi Germany
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