Sunday, February 8, 2015

DFS 331


The transport glider DFS 331 was designed by engineer Hans Jacobs from DFS and built by the Gothaer Waggonfabrik. It was intended to be a larger and more useful version of the DFS 230 with the capacity to carry a cargo load of 2,500 kg (5,512 lbs). The glider had a length of 15.81 m (51 ft 10.5 in), a span of 23 m (75 ft 6.5 in) and an empty weight of 2,270 kg (5,005 lbs). Maximum speed on tow was 270 km/h (168 mph). Operated by one pilot who sat in a cockpit placed high on the left of the fuselage, the DFS 331 was fitted with a large loading door on the side, and skids for take-off and landing. Only one example was built, in 1941. There was a projected twin variant, the DFS 332, composed of two DFS 331 gliders joined together, with a middle wing section and tailplane.

Specifications

General characteristics
  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 20 troops or 2,300 kilograms (5,071 lb) of cargo
  • Length: 15.81 m (51 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 23 m (75 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 3.55 m (11 ft 8 in)
  • Wing area: 60 m2 (650 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 2,270 kg (5,004 lb)
  • Gross weight: 4,770 kg (10,516 lb)
Performance
  • Never exceed speed: 330 km/h (205 mph; 178 kn)
  • Maximum glide ratio: 1:18
  • Towing speed: 270 kilometres per hour (168 mph)
Armament
  • Guns: 2x MG15 machine-guns


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