Flight, December 1920
The Do. Rs. IV, 1917-18
THE first result of the experience gained with the Do.C.I was the construction of the next flying boat in the series, the Do.Rs.IV, which had this feature in common with the land machine that its fuselage was braced
by the metal covering only. (This machine was described and illustrated in FLIGHT of September 18, 1919.) As the illustrations will show, the Rs.IV is a monoplane flying boat with four engines placed between the boat hull and the monoplane wing. The four engines were 270 h.p. Maybachs, and drove tractor and pusher screws respectively. A feature claimed for this engine arrangement is that it is possible to attend to the engines during flight, while the fact that they are close together results in very small yawing moments when one engine cuts out. In general arrangement the Rs.IV, follows the lines of the Rs.III, even to the fuselage above the wing. As already mentioned, however, the fuselage was braced by the metal covering, which was not the case in the Rs. III. The wing is braced above and below by cables, but it will be noticed that the Rs.IV has king posts on top, while the Rs.III had plain top bracing. The span in both cases was the same.
Последняя летающая лодка Дорнье Do Rs.IV, созданная в период Первой Мировой войны. Впоследствии переоборудована в 20-местный пассажирский самолет, что, правда, не спасло ее от уничтожения.
The Do.Rs.IV: Front view, showing top king posts.
The Do.Rs.IV: This boat is similar to Rs.III, but has king posts above the wings.