National Air and Space Museum Archives

Dornier Do X Photograph Album [Ben M. Anderson]

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0653
Dates:
1929
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
0.28 Cubic feet
1 flat box
Repository:
This collection consists of a photo album containing 23 photographs, probably taken during the rollout and initial taxiing and flight tests of the original Dornier Do X on July 12, 1929.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of a photo album containing 23 photographs, probably taken during the rollout and initial taxiing and flight tests of the original Dornier Do X on July 12, 1929. Most images are exterior views of the flying boat, either on the ground, in the water, or in flight. Also included are exterior views of the Dornier factory facilities at Altenrhein, and an interior view each of the aircraft's cockpit and engine control room.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection is a single item.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Constructed by AG für Dornier-Flugzeuge, the massive twelve engine Dornier Do X flying boat was first rolled out of its hangar at Altenrhein, Switzerland, on the morning of July 12, 1929, in preparation for its maiden voyage from the waters of Lake Constance (Bodensee). After some taxiing tests using at first eight of the engines, then all twelve of the 525 hp Siemens Jupiter nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engines, the 37 ton Dornier Do X lifted off the surface of the water under the control of Dornier's Chief Pilot Richard Wagner. Tests continued through the summer of 1929, resulting in some slight structural alterations to the fuselage. Flight tests were completed on February 20, 1930. Difficulty in cooling the rear engines led to the Siemens Jupiter engines being replaced with twelve 600 hp Curtiss Conqueror 12-cylinder water-cooled engines; this modification was first flown on August 4, 1930.

Administration
Author
Patricia Williams and Melissa Keiser
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Ben M. Anderson via Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences, Gift, NASM.XXXX.0653.
Processing Information
Arranged and described by Patricia Williams and Melissa Keiser, 2003. Updated and encoded by Jessamyn Lloyd, 2022.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Preferred Citation
Dornier Do X Photograph Album [Ben M. Anderson], NASM.XXXX.0653, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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