Daimler-Benz DB 600

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DB 600
DB600A NII VVS.jpg
DB 600A in a Heinkel He 111B nacelle
Type Piston V12 aircraft engine
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Daimler-Benz
First run Prototype F4A: 1932
first flight: December 1935
Major applications Messerschmitt Bf 109
Number built 2281
Developed into Daimler-Benz DB 601

The Daimler-Benz DB 600 was a German aircraft engine designed and built before World War II as part of a new generation of German engine technology. It was a liquid-cooled inverted V12 engine, and powered the Messerschmitt Bf 110 and Heinkel He 111 among others. Most newer DB engine designs used in WW2 were based on this engine. The decision by the RLM to concentrate on manufacturing aircraft engines using fuel injection systems rather than carburettors meant that the DB 600 was quickly superseded by the otherwise similar DB 601. Later DB series engines grew in bore, stroke, and horsepower, including the DB 603 and DB 605, but were generally similar to the pattern created with the DB 600.


Daimler Benz DB-600 photo from L'Aerophile March 1939
DB 600 A/B
1,000 PS (986 hp, 735 kW) at 2400 rpm at sea-level with 5-minute Kurzleistung
DB 600Aa
DB 600 C/D
850 PS (838 hp, 625 kW) at 2250 rpm at sea-level with 1-minute Erhöhte Kurzleistung
910 PS (898 hp, 669 kW) at 2400 rpm at 4,000 m (13,000 ft) with 5-minute Kurzleistung
DB 600 Ga/Ha
1050 PS (1036 hp, 772 kW) at 2400 rpm at sea-level with 1-minute Erhöhte Kurzleistung
1050 PS (1036 hp, 772 kW) at 2400 rpm at 3,600 m (11,800 ft) with 5-minute Kurzleistung




Specifications (DB 600C)[edit]

Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • Type: Twelve-cylinder liquid-cooled supercharged 60° inverted Vee aircraft piston engine
  • Bore: 150 mm (5.9 in)
  • Stroke: 160 mm (6.3 in)
  • Displacement: 33.9 l (2,070.5 in3)
  • Length: 1,720 mm (68 in)
  • Width: 712 mm (28.0 in)
  • Height: 1,000 mm (39 in)
  • Dry weight: 575 kg (1,268 lb)



See also[edit]

Related development

Comparable engines

Related lists


  1. ^ Tsygulev (1939). Aviacionnye motory voennykh vozdushnykh sil inostrannykh gosudarstv (Авиационные моторы военных воздушных сил иностранных государств) (in Russian). Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe voennoe izdatelstvo Narkomata Oborony Soyuza SSR. Archived from the original on 2009-03-24.


  • Bingham, Victor (1998). Major Piston Aero Engines of World War II. Shrewsbury, UK: Airlife Publishing. ISBN 1-84037-012-2.
  • Christopher, John (2013). The Race for Hitler's X-Planes: Britain's 1945 Mission to Capture Secret Luftwaffe Technology. Stroud, UK: History Press. ISBN 978-0-7524-6457-2.
  • Gunston, Bill (2006). World Encyclopedia of Aero Engines: From the Pioneers to the Present Day (5th ed.). Stroud, UK: Sutton. ISBN 0-7509-4479-X.
  • Green, William. The Augsburg Eagle: A Documentary History - Messerschmitt Bf 109. London: Macdonald and Jane's Publishing Group. 1980. ISBN 0-7106-0005-4
  • Smith, J R and Kay, Anthony L. German Aircraft of the Second World War. London: Putman & Company. 1972 ISBN 0-370-00024-2
  • Neil Gregor Daimler-Benz in the Third Reich. Yale University Press, 1998

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