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Dornier Delphin


In 1920 Dornier produced the first Delphin commercial flying-boat. It was based upon substantially the same design as the Libelle. The first versions, the L.1 and L.1a, were each produced with a high open pilot's cockpit aft of the 138kW BMW IlIa or 134kW BMW III engine, but the later L.2 and L.3 versions had seating for two in front of the passenger cabin, separated by a bulkhead. Power for these versions was provided by a 186.3kW BMW IV or 194kW Rolls-Royce Falcon III and a 447kW BMW VI engine respectively. The Delphin L.2 accommodated up to seven passengers (one next to pilot). The L.3 could carry up to 13 and was built in Switzerland by the Aktiengesellschaft fur Dornier-Flugzeuge at Altenrhein for over inland water and coastal services.

Engine: 1 x BMW IIIa, 136kW
Max take-off weight: 2200 kg / 4850 lb
Empty weight: 600 kg / 1323 lb
Wingspan: 17.0 m / 55 ft 9 in
Length: 11.5 m / 37 ft 9 in
Height: 3.1 m / 10 ft 2 in
Wing area: 50.0 sq.m / 538.20 sq ft
Max. speed: 150 km/h / 93 mph
Cruise speed: 125 km/h / 78 mph
Ceiling: 4000 m / 13100 ft
Range w/max.fuel: 380 km / 236 miles
Crew: 1
Passengers: 5



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