Dornier Do 22
The Dornier Do 22 was a German seaplane, developed in the 1930s. Despite good performance, it was built only in small numbers and entirely for the export market. The type was operated in the Second World War by Greece, Yugoslavia and Finland.
|Dornier Do 22 K in the Finnish Air Force|
|Role||Torpedo bomber and reconnaissance seaplane|
|First flight||15 July 1938|
Development and design
It was a parasol wing monoplane of fabric-covered all-metal construction. Its slightly swept back wing was attached to the fuselage by bracing struts, and its two floats were braced to both the wing and fuselage. It was powered by a Hispano-Suiza 12Ybrs engine driving a three-bladed propeller, and could carry a single torpedo or bombs under the fuselage. Defensive armament was one fixed forward-firing machine gun, also two in the rear cockpit and one in a ventral tunnel.
The first production model, known as the Do 22/See when fitted with floats, did not fly until 15 July 1938 from Dornier's factory at Friedrichshafen, Germany, although it did incorporate parts made in Switzerland. While the Luftwaffe was not interested in the aircraft, examples were sold to Yugoslavia, Greece and Latvia. In March 1939, a prototype with conventional landing gear (the Do 22L), was completed and test-flown, but it did not enter production.
The Greek Do 22s were destroyed during the German invasion of the Balkans in 1941, but the crews of eight of the Yugoslav machines successfully evaded capture or destruction by fleeing to Egypt. There they flew under the control of the British Royal Air Force until the lack of spare parts made the aircraft unusable.
The four Latvian aircraft had not been delivered when the Soviet Union occupied Latvia in 1940, and were retained by Germany. In 1942 they were transferred to Finland, being used on floats or skis until the end of the war.
- Do C3
- Prototypes of the Do 22, two built
- Do 22Kg
- Export version for Greece.
- Do 22Kj
- Export version for Yugoslavia.
- Do 22Kl
- Export version for Latvia. Not delivered, but eventually transferred to Finland.
- Do 22L
- Land-based aircraft, fitted with a conventional landing gear. One prototype only.
Specifications (Do 22)
- Crew: 3 (pilot, gunner and radio operator)
- Length: 13.12 m (43 ft 1 in)
- Wingspan: 16.2 m (53 ft 2 in)
- Height: 4.85 m (15 ft 11 in)
- Wing area: 45 m2 (480 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 2,600 kg (5,732 lb)
- Gross weight: 4,000 kg (8,818 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 12Ybrs V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine, 641 kW (860 hp)
- Maximum speed: 350 km/h (220 mph, 190 kn) at 3,000 m (9,800 ft)
- Cruise speed: 310 km/h (190 mph, 170 kn)
- Range: 2,300 km (1,400 mi, 1,200 nmi)
- Service ceiling: 9,000 m (30,000 ft)
- Time to altitude: 5,000 m (16,000 ft) in 13 minutes
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- Green 1962, p.66.
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- March 1998, p.230.
- DORNIER DO-22K1. Latvian Aircraft - 1918–1940. Retrieved 5 June 2009.
- Backwoods Landing Strip: Finnish Air Force aircraft
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