D.F.W. R.I

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D.F.W. R.I
Role Bomber
Manufacturer D.F.W.
Designer Dorner [1]
First flight Aug 1916 [1]
Introduction 30 Apr 1917 [1]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 1
Wingspan 35.1 m (115 ft) [2]
Engine 4×260hp Mercedes D.IVa
Armament 3-4 Parabellum
Max Speed 129 km/h (80 mph)[2][3]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 10:00[2][3]
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 25:00[2]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 53:00[2][3]
Ceiling 3,300 m (10,900 ft)[2]
Endurance 6:00 [2][3]

Germany's R-class (Riesenflugzeug) did not attract only Zeppelin-Staaken, D.F.W. and other manufacturers also spent time on their own giant bombers. The D.F.W. R.I was originally powered by four Mercedes D.IV engines but -- as they had on so many other planes -- those geared engines proved troublesome and had to eventually be replaced by the D.IVa. The R.I was sent to Riesenflugzeugabteilung 500 near Riga on the Eastern Front on 30 April 1917. It flew missions from May through September 1917, when it crashed and was destroyed. [1]

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

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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 2.6 Lamberton, pp.222-223.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Gray, p.325.
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.