Continuing with my recent theme of posting thematically linked photo galleries related to the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC), subject of my book, China’s Wings, here’s a gallery of Douglas Dolphin photos. Douglas Aircraft only built 58 Dolphins, and two of them served with CNAC in China.
Whenever anyone asks Moon Chin what was his favorite airplane that he ever flew, he always answers something to the effect of, “The Douglas Dolphin — it was the only overpowered seaplane I ever flew.” He loved those two 450 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp engines.
Never heard of Moon Chin? He’s one of the most remarkable men I’ve ever met and one of the main supporting characters in China’s Wings. Learn more about him and check out some great photos in my Moon Chin category. I suggest beginning with the oldest posts and working forward in time.