Do-24, Dutch Flying Boat

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Dornier Do-24K


Crew 6
Dimensions 88'7" by 72'2" by 18'10"
27.0m by 22.0m by 5.74m
Wing area 1160 square feet
107.8 square meters
Weight 17,011-28,600 lbs
7716-12,970 kg
Maximum speed       190 mph (306 km/h) at 5800 feet (1770 meters)
174 mph (280 km/h) at sea level
 67 mph (108 km/h) landing
Cruising speed       137 mph
220 km/h
Climb rate 10 feet per second
3.0 meters per second
Service ceiling 17,390 feet
5300 meters
Power plant 3 760 hp (567 kW) Wright R-1820 Cyclone 9-cylinder radial engines driving three bladed propellers
Armament One nose 7.7mm machine gun
One rear 7.7mm machine gun
One dorsal 20mm Hispano-Suiza cannon
External stores Up to 2642 lbs (1200 kg) of bombs. A typical loadout was 12 50kg (110 lb) bombs
Capacity 50 passengers?
Range 2048 miles (3300 km) on 1140 gallons (4315 liters) internal fuel

The Do-24 was built to Dutch requirements, but production continued for the Luftwaffe after the fall of the Netherlands in 1940. By then some 28 aircraft had been sent to the Netherlands East Indies. Of these, six survived the debacle in southeast Asia to escape to Australia. One of these made regular clandestine flights between Australia and New Guinea.

The plane had excellent flying qualities and the capability of operating from rough seas, due to the "Stummel" floats on both sides of the plane. It was also a rugged and reliable design, much liked by its crews, and a Do-24 once made it into the air with over 70 passengers during a desperate air-sea rescue operation. However, the occupation of the Netherlands by the Germans meant that spare parts were in short supply, and the aircraft were in the process of being replaced with PBY-5 Catalinas when war broke out.

A handful remained in service in Spain until 1970.


Wilson (1998)

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