DFS 331 was a transport glider prototype developed in a collaboration between DFS and Gotha. It was a twenty-seat troop transport designed by Hans Jacobs, who had previously produced the successful, nine seat DFS 230. [2 ]
The visibility from the cockpit was good, with the entire nose being glazed, and the body was very wide, allowing it to carry light Flak guns and small military vehicles. A single prototype was built and flown in 1941. The project was passed over in favour of the
Gotha Go 242. [2 ]
Specifications [ edit ]
Data from Die Deutsche Luftrüstung 1933-1945 [1 ]
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 m 2 (650 sq ft)
Empty weight: 2,270 kg (5,004 lb)
Gross weight: 4,770 kg (10,516 lb)
330 km/h (205 mph; 178 kn) Never exceed speed:
Maximum glide ratio: 1:18
Towing speed: 270 kilometres per hour (168 mph)
Guns: 2x MG15 machine-guns
See also [ edit ]
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
References [ edit ]
^ a b c Nowarra, Heinz J. (1993). Die Deutsche Luftrüstung 1933-1945 : Band 1 Flugzeugtypen AEG - Dornier 1. Germany: Bernard & Graefe Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7637-5465-6.
^ a b Wood, Alan (1990). History of the World's Glider Forces. Patrick Stephens Limited. ISBN 978-1-85260-275-8.
Nowarra, Heinz; Force, Ed (1991). German Gliders in World War II. U.S.: Schiffer Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-88740-358-1.