Dornier Do H

1st Flight 1922
The Dornier Do H Falke was a German single-seat fighter, designed by Claude Dornier and built by Dornier Flugzeugwerke.
Dornier Do H
Although an advanced design for its time, being evaluated by the United States Navy as the Wright WP-1, it did not go into production.
Dornier Do H
The company started to design a prototype fighter in the early 1920s, based on earlier wartime designs like the Zeppelin-Lindau D.I.
Dornier Do H
It was an all metal high wing cantilever monoplane, with the wing above the fuselage on four small struts.
Dornier Do H Falke
It had a conventional cantilever tail unit and a fixed tailskid landing gear.
Dornier Do H
The pilot had an open cockpit just behind the trailing edge of the wing.
Dornier Do H
The aircraft was powered by a Hispano-Suiza piston engine located in the nose.
Dornier Do H
Two aircraft were built by the Swiss subsidiary of Dornier and three by S.D.C.M.P. in Italy, to avoid restrictions on military aircraft production in Germany.
Dornier Do H
It first flew on 1 November 1922, but failed to go into production.
Dornier Do H
One of the Falkes was converted to a floatplane in 1923, powered by a 261 kW (350 hp) BMW IVa V-12 engine, as the Dornier Seefalke.
Wright WP-1
One Seefalke was shipped to the United States of America by the Wright Aeronautical Company, who fitted it with a licence-built Wright-Hisso H-3 engine.
Wright WP-1
It was evaluated by the United States Navy with the designation Wright WP-1.
Dornier Do H
It performed well, but the Navy considered the monoplane fighter too advanced for its needs.
Dornier Do H
Credits
Dornier Bombers and Reconnaissance Aircraft 1925-1945-Manfred Griehl
The Encyclopedia of World Aircraft-David Donald
European Transport Aircraft since 1910-John Stroud
Wikipedia

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