Do 217 N-2

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Do 217 N-2
General characteristics
3 peopleCrew
16.7 tTake-off weight
11.81 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
8 x 20 mm MG 151 cannonWeapon 1
1 600 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
4 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gunWeapon 2
4 000 roundsAmmunition
1 151 shots/minFire rate
26 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
100 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png4 200 / 5 313/3 610 / 4 566/1 400 / 1 771Repair
29 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
100 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
500 Ge icon.pngAces
142 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
370 % Sl icon.png340 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the German twin-engine fighter Do 217 N-2. For other uses, see Do 217 (Family).


GarageImage Do 217 N-2.jpg

The Do 217 N-2 is a Rank III German twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB) and 3.3 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.39.

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 5,500 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)
 ?  ? 9 000  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 800


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
700 300 520 ~3 ~2
Optimal velocities
< 290 < 360 < 360 > 250
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
5,000 m 3,000 hp 3,330 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8.5 mm steel - bulkhead in front of cockpit
  • 50 mm bulletproof glass - armoured windscreen and cockpit roof
  • 5 mm steel - box containing Schrage musik cannons
  • 5 mm steel - plate in tail


Offensive armament

The Do 217 N-2 is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons, chin-mounted (200 rpg = 800 total)
  • 4 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons, Schräge Musik mounted in mid fuselage (200 rpg = 800 total)
  • 4 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine guns, nose-mounted (1,000 rpg = 4,000 total)

Usage in battles

The Do 217 N-2 plays similar to most other heavy fighters, in that it is reliant on delivering a quick knock out punch to an enemy to be effective. However, the air craft has two unusual traits, which make for different play styles than other heavy fighters. The first is the lack of any form of turret weaponry. This problem makes the N-2 a unique member in the German heavy fighter line, as virtually all other heavy fighters either have a tail gunner, or are agile enough to not need one. The second feature, is the inclusion of a set of vertical firing cannons, known as Schräge Musik. This weapon package brings a unique benefit to the table. As most bombers lack the ability to fire their turrets directly under themselves, you can fire away with near complete immunity to retaliation from enemy gunners.

The N-2 is however, undeniably slow, and has crushingly poor maneuvering. This makes the lack of any form of turret defense all the more noticeable. Caution must be taken to avoid more nimble enemies when possible, as you will be greatly outclassed otherwise.

While the aircraft as a whole seems heavily dependent on lumbering up to a high altitude, and then slowly hunting down bombers, there does exist a fun, if unconventional, alternative. The alternative approach is to go about strafing ground targets, while flying upside down. The main reason for upside down strafing is the schräge musik. By flying inverted, you can strafe a large number of ground units in a single pass, while remaining fairly high above the trees. This combines well with the fact that the vertical and forward cannons use the same ammo belts. This tactic can even be put to use around airfields, putting a quick end to anyone on the ground. The only thing to remember when doing this, is to always keep a close eye on your altitude. Flying upside down will cause you to fall fairly quickly, so do remember to roll back to right side up in time to avoid crashing.


Main article: FuG 220

The Do 217 N-2 is equipped with a FuG 220 search radar, located in the nose of the aircraft; a control box which is part of the radar damage model is located behind the pilot.

FuG 220 - Target Detection Radar
Max Azimuth
Scan Angle
Max Elevation
Scan Angle
5,000 m 5,000 m ±35° -55°/+20°

Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs
III Wings Repair Engine Offensive 20 mm
IV Engine Injection Cover New 20 mm MGs

Pros and cons


  • Has access to a target detection radar
  • FuG 220 radar is better than the FuG 202 radar found on other German planes
  • Heavy and accurate front facing armament due to being centermounted
  • Durable and can take a heavy beating
  • Schrage musik can be a devastating surprise to anyone attempting to get into head on passes.
  • Upside down strafing, while unconventional, can be of great fun and effect


  • No Defensive armament whatsoever unlike previous iterations
  • Slow
  • Very unmanuverable.
  • Unless explicitly going for bomber hunting (which the flight model is exceptionally poor at) the Schrage Musik guns are of questionable value
  • Schrage musik cannons' one second burst mass is included into the displayed one second burst mass for the plane, despite this not being physically feasible to achieve.


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See also

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