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Zeppelin-Staaken R.IV


The company's first product, the Rs I multi-engined flying-boat, was wrecked before its first flight, but three differing examples were developed progressively, the Rs IV prototype flying in 1917.

The R.VI which was built by Automobil and Aviatik, Ostdeutsche Albatros Werke and Luftfahrzeugbau Schütte-Lanz and carried out successful raids against Allied territory, dropping bombs as large as 1,000kg.

The R.VI had four engines, 4-7 machine-guns, eighteen wheel landing gear, and the capability of carrying eighteen 220 lb bombs internally. With a maximum take-off weight of just over 11.25 tons, it was used to make attacks on both France and Britain.


Engine: 4 x Benz Bz.IV, 164kW + 2 x Mercedes D.III, 119kW
Max take-off weight: 13035 kg / 28737 lb
Wingspan: 42.2 m / 138 ft 5 in
Max. speed: 125 kmh / 78 mph
Armament: 6-7 x 7.92mm machine-guns


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