|Primary Role||Light Bomber|
|Maiden Flight||23 November 1934|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe Do 17 light (ie. fast) bombers were developed by Dornier in 1933 under the guise of civilian mail carriers, but they were in actuality bombers capable of outrunning pursuing fighters. To reduce drag, their fuselages were made as narrow as possible, hence earning the nickname Fliegender Bleistift from pilots. In 1937, Do 17P aircraft began service with Luftwaffe's long range reconnaissance units allocated to the German Army. Do 17P aircraft "rendered excellent service", recalled General der Flieger Paul Deichmann after the war. During the campaigns in Poland and France, Do 17Z aircraft served in Air Corps VIII as capable low level bombers. They were finally replaced by the modern Do 217 aircraft beginning in 1941. Several Axis nations such as Yugoslavia and Finland also employed the service of Do 17 aircraft in their air forces.
ww2dbaseSources: Spearhead for Blitzkrieg, Wikipedia.
Last Major Revision: Mar 2007
Do 17 Timeline
|23 Nov 1934||The Dornier Do 17 twin-engine light bomber took flight for the first time.|
|Machinery||Two BMW Bramo 323P Fafnir 9-cylinder radial engines rated at 1,000hp each|
|Armament||6Ã—7.92mm MG 15 or 5x7.92mm MG 15 and 1x20mm MG FF cannon|
|Wing Area||55.00 m²|
|Weight, Empty||5,209 kg|
|Weight, Maximum||8,850 kg|
|Speed, Maximum||427 km/h|
|Service Ceiling||8,200 m|
|Range, Normal||1,160 km|
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