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Claude Dornier 1931 in front of a Dornier Do K-3

Claude (Claudius) Honoré Desiré Dornier born in Kempten im Allgäumarker (May 14, 1884 - December 5, 1969) was a Germanmarker airplane builder and founder of Dornier GmbH. His legacy remains in the few aircraft named after him, including the Dornier Do 18 and the 12-engine Dornier Do X flying boat, for decades the world's largest and most powerful airplane.

The son of a Frenchmarker wine importer and his German wife, Claude Dornier was born in Bavariamarker where he grew up and attended school, with science being his chief interest. Dornier then moved to Munichmarker, where he graduated in 1907 from the Technical Universitymarker.

As a young engineer Dornier first worked on strength calculation at Nagel Engineering Works in Karlsruhemarker. In 1910, he joined Luftschiffbau Zeppelin in Friedrichshafenmarker on the Bodenseemarker, where his advanced abilities quickly attracted Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin's attention. Soon appointed as the Count's personal scientific advisor, Dornier began fundamental research and design on improving the strength of light metal sections and later on aircraft engineering and giant metal flying boats.

Dornier is also recognised in the history of German aviation for his unique propeller design. His planes often featured double ended props on the front and the back of the planes in a push-pull configuration.

His son, Claudius, was also an aircraft designer.

His grandson, Iren Dornier also followed a career in aviation as a pilot and also a majority controller of a regional airline in the Philippinesmarker called South East Asian Airlines. Iren also flew a world-tour in dedication to his fathers adventures using a refurbished Do-24TT, the funds all went to charity in the Philippinesmarker (Philippine UNICEF) and other developing nations.

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