Silvius Dornier, son of the founder of the German aircraft company, took members of the RAeS’s Chester Branch through the STOL and other projects that occupied the company after it was re-established in 1954.
Dornier began its post-war German designs with their Spanish designed Do 25 which then formed the basis for their German designed general utility monoplane, the Do 27, which went onto sell over 600 aeroplanes of various versions.
At the time Silvius Dornier gave the lecture, the company was studying the problems and possibilities of STOL aircraft concepts and their use with by military. This thinking led to the experimental Do 29 with tilting propellers and the Do 31 experimental jet transport, as well as the Do 28 which went onto harness VTOL to provide a thirteen passenger transport aircraft that was sold around the word. Silvius also explores the development of the Do 32 one-man helicopter.
Please note that the archive nature of this recording means that the recording is poor in places.
The lecture was hosted by the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Chester Branch Lecture on 14 April 1965. The podcast was edited by Mike Stanberry FRAeS and it was digitised thanks to a grant from the Royal Aeronautical Society Foundation.