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Dornier Do 22


Reconnaissance / Bomber / Torpedo Floatplane Aircraft


Nazi Germany | 1938



"Despite its production in Germany, the Dornier Do 22 never flew for the Luftwaffe."



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The Dornier Do 22 was a German-designed and produced three-man floatplane. It was produced in Germany and Switzerland for the export market despite the fact that the aircraft proved a winning design for the Germans. The Do 22 appeared in limited numbers and was fielded by a handful of nations during the war with many being lost to German actions or flown by Allied forces until spare parts forced their disuse.

The Do 22 was under development through the early and middle part of the 1930's, seeing first flight in prototype form by 1935 and eventual production in 1938. Though Dornier would become a major producer of Luftwaffe aircraft for the duration of the Second World War, the Do 22 was relegated to export orders and, as such, none of the production Do 22 systems flew for the Luftwaffe in the whole course of the war.

The crew of three consisted of a pilot, radio operator and a gunner. Self-defense armament amounted to 4 x 7.92mm MG 15 machine guns in nose, ventral and tail positions. Offensive armament could be made up of either a single 1,764lb torpedo for anti-shipping duty or 4 x 110lb bombs.

The single Hispano-Suiza 12Ybrs inline piston engine delivered 860 horsepower. Performance amounted to a top speed of over 215 miles per hour (at nearly 10,000 feet) with a reported range of 1,428 miles and operational ceiling limit of nearly 30,000 feet. By all accounts, performance for the aircraft proved exceptional for this type of aircraft making the fact that the system was only produced for export that much more interesting.

All Greek-owned Dornier Do 22's were lost to the Germans in their invasion of the Balkans. Only eight of the twelve Yugoslavian Do 22's made it safely to Egypt (once there falling under RAF control). Finland remained the third customer with its purchase of four Do 22's. Designations for the export Do 22 systems were Do 22Kg (Greece), Do 22Kj (Yugoslavia) and Do 22Kl (Finland).

A single land-based prototype was tested featuring a conventional undercarriage. This model was given the designation of Do 22L.

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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 22 Reconnaissance / Bomber / Torpedo Floatplane Aircraft.
1 x Hispano-Suiza 12Ybrs in-line engine developing 860 horsepower.
Propulsion
217 mph
350 kph | 189 kts
Max Speed
29,528 ft
9,000 m | 6 miles
Service Ceiling
1,429 miles
2,300 km | 1,242 nm
Operational Range
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Dornier Do 22 Reconnaissance / Bomber / Torpedo Floatplane Aircraft.
3
(MANNED)
Crew
43.0 ft
13.12 m
O/A Length
53.1 ft
(16.20 m)
O/A Width
15.7 ft
(4.80 m)
O/A Height
8,818 lb
(4,000 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
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Dornier Do 22 Reconnaissance / Bomber / Torpedo Floatplane Aircraft .
4 x 7.9mm MG 15 machine guns (nose, ventral and rear positions)

OPTIONAL:
1 x 1,764 lb torpedo OR 4 x 110 lb bombs
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Dornier Do 22 family line.
Do 22 - Base Series Designation
Do 22Kg - Greece Export Version; 12 examples.
Do 22Kj - Yugoslavian Export Version; 12 examples.
Do 22Kl - Finnish Export Model; 4 examples.
Do 22L - Single Prototype Example; land-based conversion model.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Dornier Do 22. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 30 Units

Contractor(s): Dornier Flugzeugwerke - Germany / Switzerland
National flag of Finland National flag of Greece National flag of Yugoslavia

[ Finland; Greece; Yugoslavia ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 300mph
Lo: 150mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (217mph).

Graph Average of 225 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Production Comparison
30
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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Mission Roles
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GROUND ATTACK
MARITIME / NAVY
RECONNAISSANCE
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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