Do-28 Sky Servant / Turbo Skyservant
Following the success of the single-engined Do.27, it was decided to produce a twin-engined version, the prototype of which flew on 29th April, 1959. It was an unusual aircraft in appearance, with the engines mounted out from the fuselage on short stub wings, and faired main wheels under the engines. Although supplied to various users around the world, it appears that the Do.28 has been somewhat rare in Australia, and VH-EXA is believed to have been the only example to reside in Australia.
The Do-28 D-1 Skyservant was developed as a follow up for the Do 28 A-1/B-1 in the mid 1960s. It was designed as light and cheap transport aircraft with STOL capabilities, able of carrying up to 14 passengers. The first prototype took off from Neu Aubing in 1965, with mass production starting only a year later. The german department of defence ordered a total of 125 Skyservants for the three branches, of which 20 aircraft were bound for navy service.
|Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list|