Dornier 1931 Rennflugzeug: The best for last.

Not quite content with their already remarkable 1928 Schneider race floatplane, the Dornier company took an even more radical path three years later. A flying boat this time, their braced-monoplane was to be powered by a pair of 2000 hp(!) liquid-cooled engines on a tandem configuration. They drove via angle drives a pusher propeller high above the fuselage. The latter, wings and tailplane had surface radiators. Stability on the water was ensured (quite questionably) by small retractable floats.
Lack of available engines, almost non-existent pilot view, those floats, questionable design choices…. It never had a chance.

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