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Jim Lund’s Dornier Do-X diorama

8 March 2013

Jim Lund’s Dornier Do-X diorama

Jim Lund’s Dornier Do-X diorama — photo by Joseph May

This Dornier design, perhaps a flying ship as opposed to a flying boat, may look like a 1920s artifact but was a 1930s aircraft. A bit of a throwback but elegant and it was flown across Europe as well as North and South America. Often flying long distances within ground effect it could carry many more persons than any other aircraft of the day. The twelve engines were controlled by a flight engineer, with the pilot commanding throttle settings to be executed by the flight engineer — like the captain of an ocean liner ringing up speed. The control wheel looked much like a ship’s wheel, too. An excellent post about this aircraft has been written by JR Hafer and can be seen here. Alas, the Do-X did not survive WW II as it was destroyed during one of the Allied bombing missions targeting Berlin. Thanks to Jim Lund (master scale modeller) I saw his Dornier Do-X diorama on temporary display at the San Francisco Airport Museum & Library in an exhibit entitled, Oceans by Air: scale models and photographs by Jim Lund.

Bows on view, note the classic Dornier sponsons— photo by Joseph May

Closer view shows unusual alternate entry to the flight deck, as well the two decks below it, and the unexplained but short propeller blade length — photo by Joseph May

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 8 March 2013 07:42

    Joe, very good post. History is very important to keep in front of the public and this is an important as well as a very interesting piece of history. Thanks for letting my article be a part of your posting, It is our hope we can be a part of promoting and preserving 20th century aviation history. Thank you! “JR” publisher of

    • travelforaircraft permalink
      8 March 2013 11:39

      Cool beans 🙂 I didn’t see the worth of rewriting your synopsis and it is important to keep the dust off of history. Although there are other Do-X models to be sure, Jim Lund’s diorama with the Do-X places that history into context — it is a gem of an historical moment that can be examined and enjoyed at leisure.

      • 8 March 2013 18:11

        Oh yes, my fear is that much of the 20th century evolution of aviation will slip thru the floor boards of time. We are seeing that very thing happen right now, Joe, for example the DO-X and Arthur Godfrey are two prime examples. Thanks to folks like you who care, perhaps we can help keep that from happening. I hope and pray, we can anyway! Thank you. Talk to you tomorrow… JR

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