Dornier do 27 d-edfl

Built in 1959, this Dornier 27 (s/n 392) was used as a research platform starting in 1960. Registered as YA+913 and later 56+84, the aircraft was assigned to ESt 61 (Erprobungsstelle) in Oberpfaffenhoffen and later served the German Test- and Research Institute for Aviation and Spaceflight (DFVLR) in Braunschweig. She is still wearing the latter's paint scheme today.


In 1969, the aircraft was equipped with one of the first Fly-By-Wire systems for flight test. During demonstration flights in 1971, NASA-astronaut Neil Armstrong was on board of the aircraft, taking control of the side stick.


In 1994, the meanwhile D-EDFL-registered aircraft was transferred to the flying group of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and remained in Braunschweig for another 24 years, being used for glider towing on behalf of the DLR and air-to-air photo missions for various experimental flights.

Since 2018, the aircraft is privately owned. With her appearance on various airshows, she continues to commemorate the aviation achievements of the Dornier 27.

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1700 kg

1100 kg

Lycoming GO-480 (274 hp, 6cyl.)

2 x 110 L

ca. 60 L/h

3,5 h / 400 NM / 745 km

9,60 m


3,50 m

4 - 6

180 kt / 333 km/h

115 kt / 213 km/h

24 kt / 44 km/h












NASA-astronaut Neil Armstrong on the side stick of the experimental aicrraft Dornier 27, operated by the DFVLR 1971 (Photo by DLR)

Meet the dornier

Airshows & More 2019:

26th/27th April - Ausmotten QUAX Fliegerclub in Bienenfarm (EDOI) - CANCELLED WX

12th May - 1. Fly In Diepholz (ETND)
15th June - Tag der Bundeswehr 2019 Nordholz (ETMN)

19th-21st July - Do27 Meeting Bad Gandersheim (EDVA)
07th/08th September - Flugtag Bundeswehr Gatow (EDBG)
13th-15th September - Oldtimer Meeting Hahnweide (EDST)

2020 - no airshows due to COVID19, stay tuned for 2021!!!

D-EDFL Needs your Support!

Unfortunately, cool airplanes tend to be expensive. To keep the historic Dornier 27 in an airworthy condition and show her on various airshows, your financial help is highly appreciated. Order a sticker, patch or come fly with her. Thank you for the support.



rent a dornier

  • join us on positioning flights to airshows or on scenic flights
  • jump out of the Dornier with your parachute
  • great aircraft for aero-tow with your glider
  • best airplane for (air-to-air) photos and videos with ist large, open windows