|First flight||30 September 1940|
The DFS 331 was a transport glider prototype developed in a collaboration between DFS and Gotha. It was a twenty-seat troop transport designed by Hans Jacobs, who had previously produced the successful, nine seat DFS 230.
The visibility from the cockpit was good, with the entire nose being glazed, and the body was very wide, allowing it to carry light Flak guns and small military vehicles. A single prototype was built and flown in 1941. The project was passed over in favour of the Gotha Go 242.
- Crew: 2
- Capacity: 20 troops or 2,300 kg (5,071 lb) of cargo
- Length: 15.81 m (51 ft 10 in)
- Wingspan: 23 m (75 ft 6 in)
- Height: 3.55 m (11 ft 8 in)
- Wing area: 60 m2 (650 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 2,270 kg (5,004 lb)
- Gross weight: 4,770 kg (10,516 lb)
- Never exceed speed: 330 km/h (205 mph; 178 kn)
- Maximum glide ratio: 1:18
- Maximum towing speed: 330 km/h (205 mph)
- Guns: 2x 7.92 mm (0.312 in) MG 15 machine-guns
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- List of gliders
- List of military aircraft of Germany
- List of World War II military aircraft of Germany
- List of World War II military gliders
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