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Dornier Do J Wal Mystery solved!

11 December 2017

Spain’s “Plus Ultra” on its historic flight across the South Atlantic—San Diego Air and Space Museum archive

Thanks to Jesus Alonso Millan the story of this Dornier Do J Wal has been brought to light. Registry letters appear to have changed since this photo was taken and the aircraft of of Spanish registry and a very special aircraft it is. Specifically, she is the Plus Ultra and was flown on an early crossing of the South Atlantic (Palos de Moguer to Buenos Aires) in 1926 by Spain. Here is a link describing the event and the aircraft. Many thanks Jesus.

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  1. Ricardo Reis permalink
    16 December 2017 03:22

    On the Wal I would like to recommend the book Michel van der Mey – http://www.dornier-wal.com. He is one of the more knowledgeable persons on the matter.
    Would also add, as curiosity, reference to the Dornier Wal Argus, that with a Portuguese crew, did the first night aerial crossing of the South Atlantic. Unfortunately the Argus had an accident after the crossing, during a ferry flight in Brazil and only one of the engines can be seen in the Portugueses Air Force museum in Portugal. I link this interesting photo that shows the Argus testing a sail in Tejo, Lisbon, previous to the crossing: http://www.oocities.org/aeromodelismoemportugal/wal.html

    cheers, Ricardo Reis

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      16 December 2017 08:01

      The book recommendation is welcome as is the story of the Argus–and what a fascinating image. Cheers, Joe

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