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Dornier GsII Wal



The two improved GsIIs under construction at Seemoos fell foul of the Allied Commission and were destroyed in 1919. Dornier commissioned the firm’s Italian subsidiary to continue development and construction of the forbidden type. The GsII, the famous Wal, which flew in 1922, was built under license in Japan, Netherlands, and Spain and would evolve through the 1920s and into the 1930s. Between the first production Wal of 1923 and the military type of 1932, the airplane’s wingspan increased greatly, its engine power more than doubled, and its loaded weight rose from 8820 to 22000 pounds. It was used for civilian mail service and long-range reconnaissance, and the commercial and military models differed little.

Engine: 2 x MB IVa, 190kW
Take-off weight: 4315 kg / 9513 lb
Empty weight: 1200 kg / 2646 lb
Wingspan: 21.0 m / 68 ft 11 in
Length: 15.3 m / 50 ft 2 in
Height: 4.7 m / 15 ft 5 in
Wing area: 80.0 sq.m / 861.11 sq ft
Max. Speed: 170 km/h / 106 mph
Cruise speed: 140 km/h / 87 mph
Ceiling: 4250 m / 13950 ft
Range w/max.fuel: 600 km / 373 miles
Crew: 2
Passengers: 6

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