Development of the three-seat Dornier Do 22 floatplane was the responsibility of Dornier's Altenrhein factory in Switzerland, where.two prototypes were built. Of all-metal construction with fabric covering throughout, except for the metal-skinned forward fuselage, the Do 22 was powered by a Hispano-Suiza 12Ybrs engine driving a three-bladed propeller. The Do 22 carried a crew of three, the rear cockpit providing accommodation for a gunner, and a radio operator whose position in the front half of the cockpit was protected by a glazed canopy. Four 7.92mm MG 15 machine-guns were fitted, one in the forward fuselage above the engine, one in a ventral position and two in the rear cockpit. Although not ordered by the Luftwaffe, approximately 30 were built at Friedrichshafen in Germany and the first production aircraft was flown on 15 July 1938. Do 22s were supplied to the Greek, Yugoslav and Latvian air forces as the Do 22Kg, Do 22Kj and Do 22Kl
| ENGINE||1 x HS 12 Y 21, 670kW|
| Take-off weight||3700-4000 kg||8157 - 8819 lb|
| Empty weight||2850 kg||6283 lb|
| Wingspan||16.2 m||53 ft 2 in|
| Length||13.1 m||43 ft 0 in|
| Height||4.8 m||16 ft 9 in|
| Wing area||41.3 m2||444.55 sq ft|
| Max. speed||350 km/h||217 mph|
| Cruise speed||310 km/h||193 mph|
| Ceiling||8500 m||27900 ft|
| Range w/max.fuel||1600 km||994 miles|
| Range w/max.payload||800 km||497 miles|
| ARMAMENT||2-3 machine-guns|
were delivered to the Fin Air Force during the war years. Some used as land planes others as float planes. I can send picture of my true scale model in Finn AF markings if asked.
Dornier Do 22
The first aircraft built were probably given military serials as would be the case with any military aircraft sponsered by the German goverment. However, as I noted below the four Latvian aircraft were given German civilian markings initially.
|Simon Herbert, 13.09.2010|
From the illustration above, it would appear that some Do 22's had German livery and markings. Are there any other examples, and if so, can anyone supply examples? Thanks, Simon
The Fin Air Force bought four machines which were the Do22 K1 model which were built originally for the Latvian order. It is more than likely that the Latvians did not receive any aircraft from their order before they were over run by the Soviet Union. The Finns took three of the Latvian order plus the sole land plane model. Registration Nos were DR195 (D-OXWF),DR196 (D-OXWG), DR197 (D-OXWD), DR198 (D-OXWH) of these DR197 was the land plane model. All four aircraft flew with LeLv 6 between 1942 and 1944.
|Carmel John Attard, 26.12.2006|
Some Do-22 were delivered to the Fin Air Force during the war years. Some used as land planes others as float planes. I can send picture of my true scale model in Finn AF markings if asked.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?