The Douglas Dolphin, Moon Chin’s favorite airplane


Another five chapters of the China’s Wings manuscript came back from the lovely Tracy Devine at Bantam Dell today, ripe with excellent suggestions — she obviously worked her tail off this past weekend. With those hundred-odd pages fresh on my desk, I’ll be keeping my posts brief this week as I dive into the work, but here’re a few photos of the Douglas Dolphin amphibian to keep my post-a-day pace clicking along.

The Douglas Dolphin is Moon Chin’s favorite airplane: “The only overpowered seaplane I ever flew,” he said.

Unpacking the Dolphin fuselages at Lunghwa Airport, October 1934 (Edward P. Howard collection)

Preparing the Dolphin’s wings for mounting in the Lunghwa hangar under the curious gaze of a Chinese soldier, October 1934. (Edward P. Howard collection)

The first Dolphin, assembled and ready to fly (Edward P. Howard collection)

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