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Dornier Do 19



Type: Strategic Bomber
Origin: Dornier-Werke GmbH
Models: V1 and V2
Production: Two prototypes
First Flight: October 28, 1936

Engine:
Do 19V-1:
   Model: Bramo (Siemens) 323H-2 Fafnir
   Type: 9-cylinder radial
   Number: 4     Horsepower: 715 hp

Do 19V-2:
   Model: BMW 132F Radial
   Number: 4     Horsepower: 810 hp

Dimensions:
Wing span: 35m (114 ft. 9.75 in.)
Wing Surface Area: 162.00m² (1,743.81 Sq. Ft.)
Length: 25.4m (83 ft. 5.74 in.)
Height: 5.77m (18 ft. 11.5 in.)

Weights:
Empty: 11,865kg (26,158 lbs.)
Loaded: 18,500kg (40,785 lbs.)
Performance:
Maximum Speed (at Sea Level): 196 mph (315 kph)
Cruising Speed: 155 mph (250 kph)
Range: 1600km (994 miles)
Initial Climb: N/A
Endurance: N/A
Service Ceiling: 18,370 ft. (5600 km)

Armament: (Stats For V 2)
One 7.92mm MG 15 Machine Gun in nose
One 7.92mm MG 15 Machine Gun in tail
One 20mm Cannon mounted in two-man dorsal turret
One 20mm Cannon mounted in two-man ventral turret

Payload:
Sixteen 100kg (220lb) bombs

Along with the Junkers Ju 89, the Do 19 was developed as part of the "Ural Bomber" program championed by Gen. Walther Wever who forsaw the need for long range strategic bombing capability. When Gen. Wever was killed in April of 1936, the goal of a strategic bombing capability died with him. On April 29, 1937, the Ural-Bomber bomber program was cancelled by Kesselring in spite of protests. Kesselring felt the production and development resources would be better used to develop and build tactical bombers such as the Do 17 and He 111. This philosophy would later haunt and severely handicap the Luftwaffes ability to strike at Russia's production capabilities.







Sources:
Gunston, Bill & Wood, Tony - Hitler's Luftwaffe, 1977, Salamander Books Ltd., London
Donald, David - The Complete Encyclopedia Of World Aircraft, 1997, Brown Packaging Books Ltd., London

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