Aerodynamically the cleanest of the Dornier flying-boats, the all-metal Dornier Do 26 was developed for transatlantic mail services, designed to carry a crew of four and 500kg of mail between Lisbon and New York, The mid-span stabilising floats retracted completely into the wings, and the rear pair of the two tandem pairs of Junkers Jumo 205 diesel engines could be given an upward tilt of 10° on take-off so that the three-bladed metal propellers were clear of the spray from the hull. Three Do 26s, stressed for catapult launching from support ships, were ordered by Deutsche Lufthansa in 1937, and the first of these was flown on 21 May 1938. Two of the three were completed before the outbreak of World War II and delivered to the airline under the designation Do 26A. They were never used as intended, across the North Atlantic, and made just 18 crossings of the South Atlantic.
| ENGINE||4 x Jumo 205C, 440kW|
| Take-off weight||20000 kg||44093 lb|
| Empty weight||10200 kg||22487 lb|
| Wingspan||30.0 m||98 ft 5 in|
| Length||24.5 m||80 ft 5 in|
| Height||6.9 m||23 ft 8 in|
| Wing area||120.0 m2||1291.67 sq ft|
| Max. speed||335 km/h||208 mph|
| Cruise speed||310 km/h||193 mph|
| Ceiling||4600 m||15100 ft|
| Range w/max.fuel||9000 km||5592 miles|
The sole "B" model, which was destroyed by RAF Hurricanes early in the war, had 205Ea engines and the "C" model had 205D engines.
Dornier Do 26
|Bob Tufo, 05.04.2010|
This has to be the most beautiful sea planes ever built, typical of the clean Dornier designs and one that fascinates me.
The V1 and "A" model had 205E engines. The sole "B" model, which was destroyed by RAF Hurricanes early in the war, had 205Ea engines and the "C" model had 205D engines.
|Mike Fox, 02.05.2008|
According to the book "War Planes of the Second World War" Vol 5 by William Green printer in 1962 on page 75 - Do 26V1 which flew for the first time on May 21, 1938 was fitted with Jumo 205E engines not C. Which is correct?
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