Do 17 Z-7

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Do 17 Z-7
General characteristics
3 peopleCrew
6.2 tEmpty weight
9.0 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
8 500 mCeiling
sec40.4/40.4/34.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
2 х BMW Bramo 323PEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
620 km/hStructural
350 km/hGear
Offensive armament
20 mm MG 151 cannonWeapon 1
400 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
3 х 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gunWeapon 2
3 000 roundsAmmunition
1 151 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
7.92 mm MG 15 machine gunTurret
375 roundsAmmunition
1 050 shots/minFire rate
7.92 mm MG 15 machine gunTurret
750 roundsAmmunition
1 050 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
10 х 50 kg SC50JA bombSetup 1
1 х 250 kg SC250JA bombSetup 2
4 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
2 100 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png720 / 919/490 / 625/300 / 383Repair
600 Sl icon.pngCrew training
2 100 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.00 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the German twin-engine fighter Do 17 Z-7. For other versions, see Do 17 E-1 and Do 17 Z-2.


GarageImage Do17Z7.jpg

The Do 17 Z-7 is a rank I German twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB) and 1.3 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.53 "Firestorm".

General info

Flight Performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at 5,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
423 410 8 500 35.7 37.3 6.5 6.5 350
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
477 448 8 500 32.5 34.0 15.6 10 350


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
620 350 500 ~5 ~2
Optimal velocities
< 290 < 300 < 300 > 308
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,600 m 815 hp 1,118 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,300 m 780 hp 1,070 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8.5 mm Steel - Fore-cockpit plate
  • 8.5 mm Steel - Pilot's seat
  • 6 mm Steel - Belly gunner's plate
  • 8.5 mm Steel - Rear cockpit plate
  • 6 mm Steel - Rear gunner's upper plate
  • 6 mm Steel - Rear gunner's window frame


Offensive armament

The Do 17 Z-7 is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon, nose-mounted (400 rpg)
  • 3 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine guns, nose-mounted (1,000 rpg = 3,000 total)

Suspended armament

The Do 17 Z-7 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 10 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (500 kg total)
  • 1 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb (250 kg total)

Defensive armament

Main article: MG 15 (7.92 mm)

The Do 17 Z-7 is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun, dorsal turret (750 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun, ventral turret (375 rpg)

Usage in battles

The Do 17 Z-7 is the first twin-engine heavy fighter that is unlocked in a long line of German "Zerstörer" (German for "Heavy fighter") aircraft. Like all of its successors, the Do 17 Z-7 is a full-bred Boom & Zoom fighter, through and through. This means the Do 17 should, under any circumstances always strive to maintain an altitude advantage over enemy aircraft. Utilise the potential energy to dive on them and make a high speed pass while firing, then quickly make an escape. There is however, a couple of caveats for the Do 17 Z-7 that is worth considering when flying it. For starters, its energy retention and climb rate are mediocre at best. Immediately making a 2nd pass will generally be a bad idea, as it will attract a lot planes with ample opportunity to return fire. Instead, utilise the high air speed from the dive to gain as much horizontal distance from enemy planes as possible before starting to climb. Also, remember to never commit to chasing after a specific plane since the plane will lose too much speed and energy in doing so. Pick out a target from high altitude, roll over and dive down in a vertical position as soon as possible, in order to maximize the altitude-speed trade off. When at first possible moment get a gun solution on the target, and once the solution is lost, level the plane out and speed away at high speed, potentially destroying other players that may cross the path along the way with the same principle.

The Do 17 Z-7's primary source of damage comes with its single 20 mm MG 151 cannon. While not spitting as much lead downrange as the Bf 110's dual MG FF/M's do. It makes up for it by having access to the MG 151's air target belt, which contains a lot more minengeschoß, which is highly effective against unarmoured planes, which the Do 17 Z-7 will regularly face. While the MG 15's also can do some damage to biplanes, any aware fighter pilot will be able to move away from the gun sight and end up on the Do 17's tail, if solely using the machine guns.


The best way to deal with this plane is to fly fast and aim for the engines. Don't tail right behind the plane because then the gunner will have an easy target. If tailing behind the plane, dip down a little bit, the gunner at the top won't be able to hit the plane this way and the gunner at the bottom is pointed down to much. At this battle rating, there are a lot of newer players, who most likely haven't put crew xp into the gunners vitality. If the gunners are taken out, then the plane is a flying duck. Avoid a head-on at all cost, it has armour at the front and a 20 mm cannon which will shred any plane to bits. This plane cannot turn fight, if it's behind tailing the plane, then simply turn sharply to one direction. If in a bomber it's best to aim for the engines and not the cockpit, the cockpit has 58 mm of armour angled, it would be difficult for bullets to go through and snipe the pilot.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe Turret 7 mm EHVC 500
III Wings repair Engine New 7 mm MGs Offensive 20 mm
IV Engine injection Cover New 7 mm MGs (turret) New 20 mm cannons

Pros and cons


  • Exclusively nose-mounted armament, resulting in very little need for convergence
  • Can take a lot of machine gun fire before going down
  • Armed with an 20 mm MG 151, capable of using the air targets belt, giving the plane absolutely devastating firepower
  • 2 x rear gunners for covering both above and below the aircraft


  • Mediocre climb rate at best when upgraded
  • Slow even when upgraded (Hurricanes will be able to outrun it in level flight)
  • Horrible roll rate
  • Overall poor handling characteristics
  • Lousy energy retention
  • Best performs as a Boom & Zoom aircraft, although its poor flight characteristics makes it inefficient at it
  • Defensive armament has poor coverage and does not produce enough stopping power to reliably fend of attacking enemies
  • Tends to burst into flames


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See also

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Germany twin-engine fighters
Messerschmitt  Bf 110 C-6 · Bf 110 C-7 · Bf 110 F-2 · Bf 110 G-2 · Bf 109 Z
  Me 410 A-1 · Me 410 A-1/U2 · Me 410 A-1/U4
  Me 410 B-1 · Me 410 B-1/U2 · Me 410 B-2/U4 · Me 410 B-6/R3
Heinkel  He 219 A-7
Dornier  Do 17 Z-7 · Do 217 J-1 · Do 217 J-2 · Do 217 N-1 · Do 217 N-2
  Do 335 A-0 · Do 335 A-1 · Do 335 B-2
Focke-Wulf  Ta 154 A-1
Junkers  Ju 88 C-6 · Ju 388 J