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Dornier Do 23

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The Dornier Do 23 was a German medium bomber of the 1930s.

Design and development

The earlier Do 11 had exhibited several problems, so two initiatives were launched to address those shortcomings. The first resulted in the Do 13. The second effort was a more extensive rework which resulted in the Do 23. Several of the handling problems were thus corrected, but performance of the Do 23 was still considered mediocre, and it saw a limited service life, being phased out of front-line service by the late 1930s. It was replaced by aircraft such as the Heinkel He 111, but it did go on to serve and see action in World War II in the Czech branch of the Luftwaffe.


  • Do 23F : Initial production version.
  • Do 23G : Improved version, fitted with two glycol-cooled BMW VIU piston engines.

Specifications (Do 23 G)

Data from The Encyclopedia of World Aircraft [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 4
  • Length: 18.80 m (61 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 25.60 m (84 ft)
  • Height: 5.40 m (17 ft 8½ in)
  • Wing area: 108.0 m² (1,163 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 5,600 kg (12,346 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 9,200 kg (20,282 lb)
  • Powerplant:BMW VIU liquid cooled V-12 engine, 559 kW (750 hp) each



  • Guns: 3 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 15 machine guns (nose, dorsal and ventral positions)
  • Bombs: 1000 kg (2,205 lb) bombs carried internally.

See also

Related development

Comparable aircraft

Designation sequence
Dornier P - Dornier Y- Dornier Do 11 - Dornier Do 13 - Dornier Do 23 Related lists



  1. Donald 1997, p.344-345


  • Donald, David (editor). The Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. Aerospace Publishing. 1997. ISBN 1-85605-375-X.

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