Dornier Libelle

The Dornier Libelle II in the Deutsches Museum München
Role flying-boat
Manufacturer Dornier
Designer Claudius Dornier
First flight 16 August 1921
Number built 2x Do A + 5x Libelle I + 3x Libelle II
Variants Dornier Spatz

The Dornier Libelle (en:"Dragonfly I"), also designated Do A, was a German open-cockpit, all-metal, parasol wing, monoplane flying-boat aircraft, with partly fabric covered wings. A landplane version, built without sponsons and fitted with a fixed tailwheel undercarriage was produced as the Dornier Spatz.[1]


Do A
Two prototypes of the Libelle[2]
Libelle I
The standard production model, 5 built fitted with Siemens-Halske Sh 4 engines and two built with 59.7 kW (80 hp) Siemens-Halske Sh 5 engines.[2]
Libelle II
The improved Libelle II was powered by Siemens-Halske Sh 5 or 75 kW (101 hp) Siemens-Halske Sh 11 engines. Other engines fitted to Libelle II aircraft include the Bristol Lucifer and the ADC Cirrus. Three built.[2]


A Libelle II VQ-FAB, manufacturers number 117 built in 1925, which operated in Fiji, is displayed in the Deutsches Museum in the centre of Munich.[3]

Specifications (Libelle I)

Data from [2]

General characteristics



  1. "Dornier Spatz". Germany. Retrieved 25 February 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Do A Libelle". Germany: Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  3. Ogden, 2006. p. 202
  • "Do A Libelle". Germany: Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  • Donald, David, ed. (1997). The Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. Prospero Books. p. 347. ISBN 1-85605-375-X. 
  • Ogden, Bob (2006). Aviation Museums and Collections of Mainland Europe. Tonbridge, Kent: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-375-7. 
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