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DORNIER Do 26

DORNIER Do 26
Dornier Do 26V4

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Type: Transatlantic Mail or Coastal Patrol flying boat
Origin: Dornier-Werke GmbH.
Models: V1 to V6, and D
First Flight: May 21, 1938
Service Delivery: 1940
Final Delivery: N/A
Crew: Four

Engine:
Do 26V6:
  Model: Junkers Jumo 205D Diesels
  Type: Each with six double-ended cylinders
             and 12 opposed pistons
  Number: Four      Horsepower: 880 hp

Do 26A:
  Model: Junkers Jumo 205 Diesels
  Type: Each with six double-ended cylinders
             and 12 opposed pistons
  Number: Four      Horsepower: 600 hp

Do 26D:
  Model: Junkers Jumo 205Ea Diesels
  Type: Each with six double-ended cylinders
             and 12 opposed pistons
  Number: Four      Horsepower: 700 hp

Dimensions:
Wing span: 30m (98 ft. 5¼ in.)
Wing Surface Area:
  120.0m² (1,291 sq. ft.)
Length: 24.60m (80 ft. 8½ in.)
Height: 6.85m (22 ft. 5¾ in.)
  Weights:
Empty:
   Do 26V6: 11,300kg (24,912 lbs.)
   Do 26A: 10,700kg (23,589 lbs.)
Loaded:
   Do 26V6: 22,500kg (49,601 lbs.)
   Do 26A: 20,000kg (44,092 lbs.)

Performance:
Maximum Speed: 201 mph (324 kph)
Cruise Speed: N/A
Range: 7100 km (4,412 miles)
Initial Climb: N/A
Endurance: N/A
Service Ceiling: N/A

Armament:
20mm MG 151 in a bow turret
Three aft firing 7.92mm MG 15 machine guns.

Payload:
12 Fully-Equipped troops


Comments
Arguably the most graceful looking of the Dornier flying boats, the Do 26 had a gull wing and retractable floats. The push/pull arrangement is interesting as the rear propellers are hinged to rotate upwards 10° on take-off to clear spray. Two Do 26's were shot down by Hurricanes of 46 Sqn on 28 May 1940 during the Norwegian campaign.

Sources:
Gunston, Bill & Wood, Tony - Hitler's Luftwaffe, 1977, Salamander Books Ltd., London
Donald, David - The Complete Encyclopedia Of World Aircraft, 1997, Brown Packaging Books Ltd., London

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