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Dornier 18 Long Range Reconnaissance

Dornier 18 German bomber and reconnaissance flying-boat, WWII.

The Dornier 18 flying-boat was used mainly for reconnaissance during WWII. It was initially developed for Deutsche Lufthansa as a long-range flying boat to replace the Dornier Wal and was introduced in 1935.

It was of all-metal construction and skin, except for fabric covered wings. In March 1938, a DO 18 W established a record of flying non-stop (5,214 miles) from Start Point, Devon to Caravelas in Brazil.

The Do 18D was the first military version and was later replaced by variants with more powerful engines and heavier armament. A Dornier 18 was the first plane to fall to British aircraft during WWII, being shot down over the North Sea.

Approximately 170 were built.


Dornier Do 18 - Numbers are approximate

Category Flying boat
Manufacturer Dornier Flugzeugwerke
First flight March 1935
Used in WW II by
Number built 170
Max. speed 145 mph
Altitude 5,310 feet service ceiling
Range 2,640 miles