The Dornier Do27



Dornier started investigations on the construction of a light liason-transport and survey aircraft after an announcement of the Spanish Ministry of Transport. C. Dornier jr. was the leader of this group of engineers. The developed prototyp was named Do25. Two prototypes were finally built in Sevilla.


The maidenflight of the first prototyp Do25-P1 was performed at Sevilla/Spain. The aircraft was equipped with a 150 hp Enmasa Tigre G IV B engine. The testprogram was performed until end of 1954 by the spanish airforce. After this time nothing else is known about the fate of this prototype. The second prototype the Do27-P2 was completed in 1954. The powerplant was an Continental O-470-J engine (230 hp). Maidenflight took place on 27th of June 1955. The aircraft was registered as EC-AKY. After Germany had received back it´s national air-sovereignity, this prototyp was brought to Germany and received the registration D-EBUC. The fate of this second prototype is as well not known.


The main construction of the Do27 was completed in Spain. As powerplant the Lycoming GO480-B1A6 was chosen. The difference to the Do27-P2 was mainly the construction of the wing ( 2 pieces), enlarged vertical fin, different doors and rudders and the increased max. take-off weight.

Feb. 1956

The German Armed Forces placed an order of 469 Do27 for the three units Airforce, Navy and Army. In 1957 the order was reduced to 428 aircraft. The Swiss Airforce ordered 7 Do27.


Maidenflight of the first Do27 (# 102) at Oberpfaffenhofen. Registration was D-EKER. # 101 was a static test airframe which was used for chrash-tests only. The first Do27 taken in charge by the Armed Forces was # 103 (Model B1). Civil Registration D-ENAT. Taken on charge as PA+101. Both aircraft, D-EKER and PA+101 were destroyed in 1959 and 1957.


The Do27 is displayed at the Aero-Salon at Paris/Le Bourget.


The first civil Model of the Do27 leaves the productionline at Oberpfaffenhofen. # 2001, Registration D-ENTE. The aircraft was delivered to Prof Grizmek and operated mostly in the plaines of the Serengeti/Tanzania.


Dornier ceased the production of the Do27. 626 aircraft had been built, including the prototypes and 50 CASA C127.


The last (627th) Do27-B3 (#2200) was built to match an order against 2 Do27 which was placed by Rheingau Airservice/Rüdesheim. At this time #2200 (D-EGAO) was built, #2045 (D-EGAP) was overhauled.


The last annual check on a military Do27 was performed by the Armed Forces. This was the end of the Do27 in the military units. In the seventies the German Armed Forces reduced the amount of Do27 step by step. They were sold to private owners, donated to flying clubs or other Armed Forces in foreign countries.


  • 1993  1st International Do 27 Meeting at Braunschweig.
  • 1994  2nd International Do 27 Meeting at Gelnhausen
  • 1996 3rd International Do 27 Meeting at Gelnhausen
  • 1997 4th International Do 27 Meeting at Nordholz
  • 1998 5th International Do 27 Meeting at Kiel
  • 1999 6th International Do 27 Meeting at Gelnhausen    
  • 2001 7th International Do 27 Meeting at Herrenteich
  • 2002 8th International Do 27 Meeting at Neuhausen
  • 2003 9th International Do 27 Meeting at Gelnhausen
  • 2004 10th International Do 27 Meeting at Hilzingen
  • 2006 11th International Do 27 Meeting at Friedrichshafen 
  • 2008 12th International 20 27 Meeting at Bad Gandersheim


Estimated number of Do27 flying worldwide: approx. 100

Following Do27 are registered in the BRD Germany:


The 69 (20.APR 2001) Do27, officially registered are subdivided to their Model Number as followed:

Number 13 3 19 18 0 4 2 2 1 4


The 627 produced Do27 received following construction numbers:

No. 101 up to 526 (military construction branch).

No. 601 up to 604 (military construction branch). These 4 Do27 were cproduced by the Luftwaffenparkregiment 2 at Diepholz They were put into service between construction numbers 417 and 418.

No. 2001 up to 2142 (civil construction branch). A lot of Do27 carrying a construction number out of this batch were put into military service and delivered to Armed Forces of foreign States.

Following Do27 are airworthy in Germany (01/2014):

152  DEMKA,  160  DEGFR,  172  DEKIE,  173  DEEPJ,  175  DEFQV , 
176  DEDNW,    224  DEOZY,  
230  DEKUI,  245  DEDCG,  272  DEBDR,  274  DEEAF,  276  DEWRG, 
292  DEAJC,  305  DEMNQ,   
307  DEMBB,  310  DEIBE,  319  DEOAT,  322  DEKTY,  328  DEIVE,   
362  DEBKL,  367  DEDPZ,  381  DEBAC,  388  DEHMA, 
389  DEFOB,  390  DEDCV,  392  DEDFL,  395  DEEPN,  396  DEDMA,  398  DEDPR, 
401  DEDNU,  452  DEOAC,  459  DEOAD, 
465  DEDSP,  471  DEKFG,  473  DEOGI,  481  DEOAK,  483  DEFZM, 
512  DEBHC,    2019 DECOX, 2021  DEJEX, 
2024 DEKUT, 2027  DEMIH,  2059  DEGVC,   2096  DEDDY, 
2109  DEFSC, 2200  DEGAO 

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