Dornier Do 27 B

Dornier-Werke, Friedrichshafen1959

Deutsches Museum

Deutsches Museum
Munich, Germany

The Do 27 from Dornier has especially good low-speed handling and is capable of short take-off and landing. This was made possible by special fore flaps and aileron tabs on the wings. The prototype of this plane flew for the first time in 1955. The Dornier Do 27 displayed at the Deutsches Museum as a military machine was also used in civil aviation. Zoologist and animal documentary filmmaker Dr. Berhard Grzimek and his son purchased the aircraft with the identification mark D-ENTE for filming in Africa. The unusual black-and-white stripes of its paintwork gave this Do 27 the nickname “zebra plane.” It became famous for its role in the Oscarwinning documentary “Serengeti Shall Not Die,” which premiered in 1959. The film tells the story of the early days of the Serengeti National Park. On January 10, 1959, Grzimek’s 24-year-old son Michael was killed in a plane crash while shooting the film as the plane collided in the air with a griffon vulture and crashed.
Technical data:
Wingspan: 12 m
Construction mass (without pilot): 130 kg
Max. take-off weight: 1,850 kg
Minimum speed: 50 kmh
Max. level speed: 210 kmh
Landing run: 80 m
Engine: Lycoming GO-480-B1 A6 air-cooled 6-cylinder piston
Power: 220 kW (244 hp)


  • Title: Dornier Do 27 B
  • Creator: Dornier-Werke, Friedrichshafen
  • Date: 1959

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