Dornier DO 27

The Dornier Do 27 is a light, single-engine, multi-role aircraft with short take-off characteristics made by the German manufacturer Dornier.

As a high-wing aircraft with four to six seats, it was mainly used for military applications by the Federal Armed Forces and other militaries. The design was based on the Do 25 developed by Dornier in Spain.

In accordance with the requirements that had been placed on its predecessor, the Do 25, the Do 27 had been designed as a robust, single-engine, multi-role aircraft with excellent short takeoff and landing characteristics. Designed as a cantilever shouldered wing of all-metal construction, rigid slats were located along the leading edge of the two-piece wing. The fuselage was of shell construction and housed a crew compartment for two and a passenger compartment with room for up to 6 people or, depending on the design, two stretchers. Elevator and rudder are of standard construction and sheet metal planked. All rudder surfaces are fabric-covered.

A Lycoming GO-480 engine was installed as standard. These piston aircraft engines were partly manufactured under license by BMW.

The landing gear is designed as a rigid tailwheel landing gear with two cantilever main landing gear struts, which are oil-pneumatically damped. The brake discs are mounted floating in the wheel rim. A set-up kit with skids was available for landing on snow. The version with floats as a seaplane was tested, but remained a one-off.

The German Army was the largest customer, with 428 aircraft, and received the first production aircraft on January 14, 1957, when it was handed over to Army Aviation Squadron 811 at Niedermendig.
The Dornier Do 27 was thus the first German powered aircraft to go into series production after World War II.

At AIRPOWER22 an aircraft of the Bundeswehr Luftsportring Laupheim e.V. can be admired in the static display.

Dornier DO 27

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