DFS 331

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DFS 331
Role Troop glider
Manufacturer DFS/Gotha
Designer Hans Jacobs
First flight 1942[1]
Number built 1[1]

The 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]

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

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ a b Wood, Alan (1990). History of the World's Glider Forces. Patrick Stephens Limited. ISBN 978-1-85260-275-8. 
Bibliography
  • Nowarra, Heinz; Force, Ed (1991). German Gliders in World War II. U.S.: Schiffer Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-88740-358-1.