from: Navy Brochure)
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.
the Marineflieger had an urgent need for a new light transport and
SAR aircraft, navy demands were treated with special care and thus
MFG 5 could take delivery of its last aircraft as early as 1972.
The Skyservants were not only used in the originally assigned roles,
but were also used to detect pollution in the North and Baltic Sea.
In the first years crews could only rely on visual means to detect
pollution, so in 1985 two aircraft were modified and equiped with
several types of Radar, including SLAR, a Mircrowaveradiodiameter
(MWR) and lowlight-television cameras.
from: unknown Internet source)
for these aircraft began on 15th january 1986 and they were used
very effectively in the role of environment police. The fall of
the iron curtain and the breakdown of the Warsaw Pact saw the german
armed forces faced with budget cuts, resulting in a force downsize.
Amongst the first to fall vitim to these disbandments, was the trusty
Do 28 D-2 which saw and end of duty after more than 20 years of
successful service. At last the oil-hunters were superseeded by
the new Do 228 now in use with MFG 3 at
from: "Die deutschen Marineflieger", Motorbuch Verlag)
|max. Takeoff Weight: 3800kg