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This massive, luxurious 'flying boat' could barely get off the ground

July 25, 1929Image: ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty ImagesDesigned by Dr. Claudius Dornier, the Dornier Do-X was the largest and heaviest flying boat in the world upon its completion in 1929, with a wingspan of 157 feet and a maximum takeoff weight of more than 61 tonsThe massive aircraft was financed by the German Transport Ministry, but it was built in Switzerland, on the shores of Lake Constance, in order to comply with terms of the Treaty of Versailles, which forbade Germany from building certain classes of aircraftThe Do-X was powered by a dozen engines mounted in a tandem “push-pull”

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