Dr Claude Dornier was employed by Count Zeppelin in 1910, and in 1914 was in charge of the design and construction of large all-metal marine aircraft at Zeppelin- Werke Lindau. Here he produced the
Dornier Rs III
Rs.I in 1915, then the largest aircraft in the world, with a span of 43.5m. By 1918 three more giant flying-boats had been built, Rs.II, III, and IV, as well as prototypes of single-seat and two-seat fighters. All employed Dornier's techniques of advanced metal construction. After the war the works were transferred to Manzel, near
Dornier Do X
Do X
Friedrichshafen, where some two-seaters for the Swiss Air Force were completed. At Manzel, between 1920 and 1925, appeared the Libelle, Delphin, Komet and Merkur, small civil aircraft, and the Falke, an unsuccessful fighter. In 1922 the company became Dornier Metallbauten GmbH and in 1926, as the Manzel works were too small, it transferred to Altenrhein in
Dornier Do 17
Do 17
Switzerland (see q.v. Aktien Gesellschaft für Dornier Fluzeuge). In 1932 production was reestablished in Germany, this time as Dornier-Werke GmbH, beginning with the military Wal (later the Do 18) and Do 11 bomber, supplanted later by the Do 23. In 1934 appeared its first modern warplane, the Do 17, evolved from a fast, six-passenger mailplane designed
Dornier Do 24
Do 24
for Deutsche Luft Hansa. The Do 17 and its successor, the Do 217, which served as a nightfighter, were the only Dornier designs to see largescale production during 1935-1943. Towards the end of the war the company produced the remarkable Do 335 push-pull twin-engined heavy fighter with a top speed of 763km/h, probably the fastest
Dornier Do 335
Do 335
piston-engined Second World War fighter.

After the war Dornier became established in Spain (see above). The first postwar aircraft developed completely in Germany was the twin-engined STOL Do 28. An experimental STOL jet transport followed, the Do 31, and the Do 29 research aircraft. From 1966 the company developed the Skyservant and was involved in international programs. Collaboration
Dornier Do 28D / Do 128 Skyservant
Do 28D / Do 128 "Skyservant"
with Avions Marcel Dassault-Breguet Aviation on Alpha Jet development and production included research into supercritical wing (see also Dassault- Breguet/Dornier).

Became Dornier GmbH in 1972. A majority shareholding was acquired by Daimler-Benz AG. in 1985. In 1989 Deutsche Aerospace AG. was formed as a corporate unit of Daimler-Benz Group and intended to unite the work of Dornier, MBB,
Dornier Do 31
Do 31
MTU and more, and was renamed Daimler- Benz Aerospace AG. in 1995, with the Regional Aircraft division administered by Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH. In June 1996 Fairchild Aerospace purchased 80% of Dornier Luftfahrt from Daimler-Benz Aerospace, forming Fairchild Dornier Germany Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH . For more informaiton see also Daimler Chrysler Aerospace AG, in which Dornier Flugzeugwerft GmbH represents part of the Military Aircraft business unit.

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