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Daimler built scores of Mercedes aircraft engines but they also built 298 Friedrichshafen bombers under license and prototypes of several designs of their own, though none of them reached production.[1]

Prototype aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:


  1. The R.I four-engine tractor-pusher bomber actually followed the R.II. It was tested in Jan-May of 1917 but was rejected.[2]
  2. The R.II four-engine tractor-pusher bomber was based on the Union G.I. The R.II was tested in Nov'16-April'17, but the design was abandoned.[3]
  3. The G.I saw partial work but was probably never completed.[4]
  4. The tractor-engined G.II saw its first tests in November 1916 but proved difficult to fly and may have been abandoned after the first flight test. A pusher version fared no better.[5]
  5. The Daimler G.III, with internal engines driving propellers through shafts and gears, also proved unsuccessful, and Daimler turned its attentions to license-built Friedrichshafen bombers.[6]
  1. Herris'14, p.55
  2. Herris'14, pp.60-61.
  3. Herris'14, p.59.
  4. Herris'14, pp.62-64.
  5. Herris'14, pp.62-66.
  6. Herris'14, pp.67-69.