No. 9018. Dornier Do N
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Dornier Do N

06/30/2009. Despite the prohibition by the Versailles Treaty, a long-term cooperation started in the 1920s between German and Japanese manufacturers. Heinkel joined forces with Aichi to supply the Japanese Navy, Dornier partnered with Kawasaki to supply the Japanese Army.

In 1924 Kawasaki ordered from Dornier a bomber, that would be designed at Manzell (Friedrichshafen), the parts would be built in Germany, while assembly would take place at Kobe, Japan, where also the engines would be fitted. Dr. Richard Vogt and a team from Dornier guided and assisted the assembly at Kobe, and the first aircraft was flown on February 19, 1926.

A total of 28 aircraft were produced, powered by either two 475 hp Napier Lion XI, two 650 hp Rolls-Royce Condor III, or 500 hp BMW VI engines. Armament consisted of a machinegun in the nose and one in a dorsal position, while a bomb load of 1,323 lb (600 kg) was carried on racks under the fuselage. Allotted the service designation Army Type 87, the bomber was used in Manchuria, 1931.

Created June 30, 2009