10 – 14
12 x 600 hp ea.
66 to 100
131 ft. 4 in.
157 ft. 5 in.
The origins of the Dornier Do X can be traced back to 1910 when an aircraft first took off from lake waters. By 1911 a series of seaplanes were being developed in the United States. A few even saw military service during World War I.As early as 1913, seaplanes began competing in air races. Designers of airlines, such as the Dornier Do X, witnessed the development of seaplanes, and believed in their future potential. It was 1919 when a flying boat first crossed the Atlantic, with stops along the way.
Dornier wanted to capitalize on the potential of airliners carrying many passengers over long distances. Although the Dornier Do X, due primarily to its lack of power, was not an overall success, it did lay the groundwork for future, more successful, flying boats.
The Dornier Do X was a German flying boat airliner. It was build for luxury with three decks, and could seat up to 100 plus a crew of 10. There were quarters for sleeping, a bar, and a smoking lounge on the aircraft.
The Dornier Do X was capable of flying over 1,000 miles. It was the heaviest aircraft to fly while it operated. At the time of its first flight in 1929, it was also the largest airplane to be built.
The Dornier Do X flying boat had the hull of a boat. This allowed it to operate from water. However, unlike amphibian aircraft, it had no landing gear. This kept it from flying from runways.
When the Dornier Do X first flew, its size would have made it difficult to find runways long enough and large enough on which to land. The large amount of open waterways at the time made flying boats such as the Dornier Do X a logical choice.
The aircraft was under-powered and difficult to maintain. The Dornier Do X was used for passenger service by Lufthansa through 1936 and later exhibited in a museum. It was lost during a 1943 bombing raid.
Two other aircraft, based on the Dornier Do X, were built. They were purchased by Italy, with one launched in 1931, and the second in 1932. They were used by the Italian Air Force primarily for exhibits and as VIP transports. It appears that they were also lost during the war.
The RC Dornier X that Michael Brauer built has a 192 in. wingspan and 156 in. length. It is made from balsa and plywood. A total of twelve OS 62 engines power the airplane that weighs some 132 lbs.
The RC Dornier Do X ARF from Maxford USA has a wingspan of 95 in. a length of 78 in. and weighs about 25 lbs. Construction is all wood. Recommended power can come from either six or twelve Maxford U28309 motors.