Dornier Amphibian Flies


One of the stranger-looking aircraft around the edges of Aeroshell Square this year was the Dornier amphibian, powered by three big PT-6s arrayed across the high wing, the only one of its kind still flying. The aircraft was originally built in Germany in 1944, then after the war went to work for the Spanish Navy for sea rescues and border patrols. At the time it was a true flying boat, with no gear for landing on runways. In 1980, the aircraft was acquired by Dornier and used as a technology testbed. That’s when its piston engines were replaced with the new powerplants, a new wing was attached, and gear was added to make it amphibious. Since 2004, the Dornier has been flying on behalf of UNICEF, to promote education and awareness for the children of the world.