Photographer's Note

Dornier Wal (= whale) was the most successful seaplane of Dornier, 250 of them were built between 1922 and 1933. There were civil as well as military versions, some of them served as mail planes which crossed the South Atlantic. The restrictions of the Versailles treaty were detoured by producing in Italy.
This here is a replica of the Wal with Norwegian registration N25, employed by Roald Amundsen on his unlucky 1925 flight with two planes to the North Pole. N25 was forced down by motor problems 250 km south from the target, while N24 made a hard landing and had to be given up. After hard work on repairs and a provisional airstrip, both crews managed to take off in their overloaded plane and reach Svalbard. The pilots and passengers sat in the open, as can be seen. The original plane became an exhibit of Deutsches Museum, Munich, and was destroyed an an allied bomb raid in 1944.
Dornier Museum, Friedrichshafen.

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Additional Photos by Sven Erich Czernik (Energysavingelk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 526 W: 1 N: 1968] (7702)
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