The final development of the Komet type was the Merkur, which first flew in February 1925 and was produced from 1926 as a eight-ten passenger airliner powered by a BMW VI engine. It could cruise at 175km/h. Following long-distance overland trial flights, dual controls and adjustable pilot seats were fitted. Deutsche Luft-Hansa received the greatest number with nearly 30 aircraft and these operated from Berlin to Konigsberg and elsewhere. A twin-float seaplane version was also produced and Chile received a number as Do G trainers/torpedo-bombers. The Do D was similar to the Do C built for the Yugoslav Naval Air Service, while the Do T was an ambulance derivative of the Merkur.
| ENGINE||1 x BMW VI, 500kW|
| Take-off weight||3700 kg||8157 lb|
| Empty weight||2280 kg||5027 lb|
| Wingspan||19.6 m||64 ft 4 in|
| Length||12.8 m||42 ft 0 in|
| Height||3.8 m||12 ft 6 in|
| Wing area||62.0 m2||667.36 sq ft|
| Ceiling||5200 m||17050 ft|
| Range w/max.fuel||1000 km||621 miles|
|Dave Smith 55th, 10.02.2014|
I have a photo' that my father took of D711 that had forced landed on the Lines between Gillingham & Chatham ( you can see what was then the Royal Naval hospital in the background) in the 1930's.
Do C built for the Yugoslav Naval Air Service, while the Do T was an ambulance derivative of the Merkur.
Dornier Do B Merkur
Upto 51 of both the MerkurI and Merkur II were built and some were still flying with the RLM in the late 1930's.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?