Dornier Do R4 Superwal I-RIDE, 1/20 Scale

European explorers and record setters, such as Roald Amundsen and Wolfgang von Gronau, pioneered oceanic flight in the 1920s and ’30s in Germany’s Dornier Wal (“whale”). This model represents a four-engine Superwal operated by the Italian SANA airline in the Mediterranean. It set a dozen records in 1928.

Caption:
In the early 1930s, this type was proposed (unsuccessfully) for the first regular commercial transatlantic service.
Type: Artifact
Image Date: 1994
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Origin: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Creator: Eric Long
SI-94-2335
 
In the early 1930s, this type was proposed (unsuccessfully) for the first regular commercial transatlantic service.