Daimler-Benz DB 602

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DB 602
DB 602.jpg
Preserved Daimler-Benz DB 602.
Type Diesel V16 aero engine
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Daimler-Benz
First run 1933
Major applications LZ 129 Hindenburg
LZ 130 Graf Zeppelin
Schnellboot 1933 series S10...13
Developed into MB 501

The Daimler-Benz DB 602 was a German diesel cycle aero engine designed and built in the early 1930s. It was a liquid-cooled upright V16, and powered the two Hindenburg class airships.[1] It has roughly the same displacement and weight of the Beardmore Tornado, which was used in the ill-fated R101, but has almost twice the power of the Tornado, showing Daimler-Benz's superior knowledge regarding diesel engine construction. Also, these engines, under designation MB 502, powered four Schnellboots of 1933 series S10...13 (three engines on each). Then, the engine was modified into V20 MB 501 of 2000 hp that had a variety of applications.


Engines on display[edit]

A preserved Daimler-Benz DB 602 is on display at the Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen.[2]

Specifications (DB 602)[edit]

Data from Gunston.[1]

General characteristics

  • Type: 16-cylinder liquid-cooled 50° V16 aircraft diesel engine
  • Bore: 175 mm (6.89 in.)
  • Stroke: 230 mm (9.06 in.)
  • Displacement: 88.5 L (5,401 in³)
  • Dry weight: 1,976 kg (4,356 lb)



See also[edit]

Related lists



  1. ^ a b Gunston 1989, p. 46
  2. ^ Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen www.zeppelin-museum.de (German language) Retrieved: 17 September 2009


  • Gunston, Bill. World Encyclopaedia of Aero Engines. Cambridge, England. Patrick Stephens Limited, 1989. ISBN 1-85260-163-9
  • Neil Gregor Daimler-Benz in the Third Reich. Yale University Press, 1998

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