Do 217 handling

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  1. Trilisser

    Trilisser Member

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    Does anyone have other than Eric Brown's comments on the handling characteristics of the Do 217?
     
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    Night fighter pilots disliked the high wingloading of the aircraft, it was difficult to reach alts of enemy bombers with fully loaded aircraft.
     
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    But what about handling as a bomber?
     
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    A high wing loading usually translates into poor handling. What part of handling do you refer to-- control weight, response, maneuverability, stability, acceleration? There are at least two major components to handling. A-- what the aircraft is capable of doing, and B-- how easy or difficult it is to cause it to do that.
     
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    Germany classified the Do-217 as a heavy bomber. It had no business being used as a night fighter aircraft.
     
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    I beg to differ! If it was so, then the P-38 would have had terrible handling. As for the Do 217, what I am looking for is overall handling, such as stalls, general take-off and landing characteristics, engine-out handling (e.g. was rudder trim adequate to zero rudder pedal loads) etc.
     
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