D.F.W. R.II

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D.F.W. R.II
DFW R.II rear.jpg
Role Bomber
Manufacturer D.F.W.
Designer Dorner
First flight Aug 1917 [1]
Introduction April 1918 [1]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 2-5 [1]
Wingspan 35.3 m (115 ft 9 in) [2]
Engine 4×260hp Mercedes
Armament 4-5 Parabellum[2]
Max Speed 132 km/h (82 mph)[2][3]
Climb 3,000 m (9,800 ft) in 53:00[2]
Range 920 km (570 mi)[2]
Endurance 6:00[3] to 9:10 [2]

At least six D.F.W. R.II Riesenflugzeug giant bombers were ordered, with serial numbers R.15 through R.20. R.15 first flew in August 1917 but spent several months in testing and adjustment. In April 1918 it started operational missions out of aerodromes near Cologne. R.16 made its first flight in May 1918 and joined R.15 during the summer. Little is known of the other planes in the series except that R.20 was cancelled. [1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:DFW R.II.

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Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lamberton, p.157.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Lamberton, pp.222-223.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Gray, p.326.
Bibliography
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.