Do 217 N-1

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Do 217 N-1
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
16.7 tTake-off weight
6.29 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
9 000 mCeiling
2 х Daimler-Benz DB-603AEngine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
700 km/hStructural
300 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 20 mm MG 151 cannonWeapon 1
800 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
4 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gunWeapon 2
4 000 roundsAmmunition
1 151 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
13 mm MG 131 machine gunTurret
500 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
13 mm MG 131 machine gunTurret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
8 x 50 kg SC50JA bombSetup 1
18 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
77 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3 370 / 4 327/2 690 / 3 453/1 220 / 1 566Repair
22 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
77 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
400 Ge icon.pngAces
136 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
360 % Sl icon.png320 % Sl icon.png140 % Sl icon.png
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GarageImage Do217N1.jpg

The Dornier Do 217 N-1 is a Rank III German twin-engine heavy fighter with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB) and 3.3 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.29.

The Do 217 N-1 is a classic heavy fighter with tremendous firepower, but poor performance.

The Do 217 N-1 is a twin-engine fighter that can function as a ground attack aircraft (strafing enemy ground targets and/or using the bombs that it can carry) or be used as an interceptor (interceptor aircraft are planes that are used for anti-bomber roles).

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 5,500 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
489 478 9,000 29.7 30.8 3.3 4.4 800
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,500 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
543 514 9,000 25.4 27.6 10.4 6.5 800


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
700 450 520 ~7 ~7
Optimal velocities
< 290 < 360 < 360 > 220
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
5,000 m 3,000 hp 3,300 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8.5 mm Steel - Fore-cockpit plate
  • 8.5 mm Steel - Pilot's seat
  • 50 mm Bulletproof Glass
  • 8.5 mm Steel - Dorsal gunner's plate
  • 5 mm Steel - Belly gunner's plate
  • 8.5 mm Steel - Belly gunner's upper plate
  • 5 mm Steel - Engine armor plate x 2
  • 5 mm Steel - Aft plate


Offensive armament

Main article: MG 151/20 (20 mm)

The Do 217 N-1 is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon, chin-mounted (200 rpg = 800 total)
  • 4 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gun, nose-mounted (1,000 rpg = 4,000 total)

Suspended armament

Main article: SC50JA (50 kg)

The Do 217 N-1 can carry the following ordinance:

  • 8 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (400 kg total)

Defensive armament

Main article: MG 131 (13 mm)

The Do 217 N-1 is defended by:

  • 1 x 13 mm MG 131 machine gun, dorsal turret (500 rpg)
  • 1 x 13 mm MG 131 machine gun, ventral turret (1,000 rpg)

Usage in the battles

The Do 217 N-1 is yet another "zerstörer" heavy fighter in the German tech tree. It is functionally a Do 217 J-2 with the MG FF/M cannons having been replaced with the faster firing, high velocity 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons. With that being said however, it has the exact same strengths and weaknesses as the J-2. That's to say it has an amazing armament for it's battle rating, but with the lack of manoeuverability and speed to use it effectively, especially in a dogfight.

The Do 217 N-1 should be treated like an even more polarized version of the BF-110 C-4, with an even bigger commitment to Boom and Zoom tactics since it has very poor manoeverability. That's means keeping a significant altitude superiority over your enemies is paramount to success, in order to dive on them and destroy them in a single pass before using the speed to climb back up to altitude where any potential enemies hopefully won't be able to follow you. Keep in mind however that the Do 217 N-1's battle rating is at 4.0 meaning you may be pitted against faster fighters (like the P-47 or the P39Q) that can catch up to you if they dive on you during a zoom climb, if they have an altitude advantage.


Never go head on with this plane because the heavy firepower of 4 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons and 4 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine guns will shred any plane head on and it is very hard to pilot snipe this plane frontally as there is a lot of bulletproof glass and armor protecting the pilot. If you encounter a Do 217 N-1 attack it from above, behind or below the aircraft.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not ontrollable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair, Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs, Turret 13 mm
III Wing repair, Engine Offensive 20 mm, New 13 mm MGs (turret)
IV Engine Injection Cover New 20 mm Cannons

Pros and cons


  • Very heavy armament for it's BR which is all nose mounted.
  • Rigid construction that can take a lot of punishment from machine gun fire.
  • Decent defensive armament consisting of 2 13mm MG 131 turret, with a reasonable coverage.
  • Improved ballistic performance of the 20mm MG 151 over the FF/M allows for firing both the Machine guns and cannons at the same time and hit the target.
  • Very good at head on attacks.


  • Slow.
  • Poor climb rate.
  • Poor acceleration.
  • Poor manoeuverability.
  • Poor energy retention.
  • It's poor flight performance makes it thoroughly difficult to effectively combat other fighters.
  • Poor roll rate.
  • Easily compresses surface controls at high speeds.


The Dornier Do 217 is a multi-role aircraft (Bomber, Reconnaissance aircraft, night Fighter) built for the Luftwaffe during World War 2. It is very similar to many previous Dornier built bombers like the Dornier Do 17 in its 'Flying Pencil' shape and fuselage. Overall 1,925 Dornier Do 217s were made as well as many variants. The Do 217 J and Do 217 N variants were mainly used as night fighters to deal with the RAF nightly bombing raids. The rest of the variants would be used as bombers or reconnaissance aircraft depending on which mission they would be on.


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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