Darmstadt D-22
Type
Two seat sportplane
Engine
1 Argus As 8 R  150 hp, two-bladed wooden prop. dia 1.90 m.
Dimensions
Length 6,6 m, height 2,4 m, span  7,4 m, wing area 13,0 m2
Weights
Empty 345 kg, fuel 140 l, oil  14 l , flying weight 600 kg, payload 255 kg
Performance
Max. speed 230 km/h, cruising speed 200 km/h, stall speed < 81,8 km/h, range 800 km, service ceiling 6200 m
Type
Werk.Nr
Registration
History
   
G-ABPX
Sold to England but crashed in Jan 1932, had a DHGipsy III engine
a
 
D-2222, D-EQIN
Delivered to the Reichsverkehrsministerium. Took part in the Europa-Flug 1932, second place. Crashed in
March1935, the pilot Ing. Biedermann was killed
The plane was designed by F. Fecher in the Akaflieg (academic group of flyers) of Darmstadt University of Technology. It was a development of Darmstadt D-18, slightly enlarged, more streamlined and fitted with an inline engine. Thanks to strengthening it was better fit to aerobatics. Two were built in 1931.

Just like D-18, the plane had quite unorthodox layout, being a cantilever biplane, with an upper wing placed low above a fuselage and ahead of a lower wing. A stress was put upon aerodynamics and lightness and the plane was small, with a streamlined silhouette
One plane, in D-22a variant, took part in the Challenge 1932 international tourist plane contest, piloted by Walter Marienfeld. It was handicapped in technical trials, especially short landing trial, not having wing mechanization, and took the 35th place after this part (for 43 aircraft). It improved its score after a rally around Europe, where it took the 4th place, with a cruise speed 205 km/h. In a maximum speed trial it was beaten only by five Heinkel He 64s, reaching 230.7 km/h. As a result, it completed the contest on the 17th place. This plane carried registration D-2222, from 1933: D-EQIN. It was used several year after the Challenge.
Wooden construction cantilever biplane. Fuselage oval in cross-section, plywood covered. Single-spar wings, plywood and canvas covered. Wings were dismounting and folding rearwards. Two open crew cockpits in tandem, with windshields. Fixed landing gear with a rear skid. Inline engine in a fuselage nose, two-blade propeller. Fuel tank 100 l in the fuselage.