L.F.G. Roland

From Wings of Linen

Luftfahrzeug Gesellschaft mbH (L.F.G.), Berlin, was revived from the ashes of Flugmaschine Write GmbH, which had gone bankrupt after losing its patent rights. The trademark Roland was associated with the firm to avoid confusion with L.V.G.[1]. While they began building Albatros aircraft under license, they soon developed a few of their own planes. In addition to their own designs, Roland continued to build licensed versions of others' planes.

In addition to license-builds of the Sablatnig SF.5 and Friedrichshafen FF.49c, L.F.G. experimented with floatplanes of their own design, but none of the were put into production.[2]

Aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:


  1. The C.III prototype, based on the C.II, was destroyed when the Aldershof factory burnt down in 1916.[3]
  2. The C.V was a two-seater prototype based on the D.II.[4]
  3. The hump-backed two-seat prototype was not selected and LFG was directed to build the Albatros C.X under license instead.[5]
  4. The D.IV was a prototype triplane with clinker-style fuselage like the D.VI and the 160hp Mercedes.[6]
  5. The D.V was a slimmed-down D.III that never made it past prototype stage.[7]
  6. A pair of D.VII prototypes competed in the summer 1918 competitions but neither was selected.[8]
  7. Three D.IX prototypes using Siemens-Halske engines were tried in summer 1918 but did not reach production.[9]
  8. The D.XIII was a prototype D.VII with the 195hp Korting vee-eight engine.[10]
  9. The D.XIV was a prototype based on the D.IX with a Goebel Goe.IIIa engine.[11]
  10. Four D.XV prototypes were built in 1918 with various engines, but none were selected.[12]
  11. Two prototype high-wing monoplanes like the Fokker D.VIII were trialed in 1918.[13]
  12. The final LFG fighter prototype was another parasol, powered by the BMW III engine.[14]
  13. The G.I was a single-engine battleplane with twin geared pusher propellers. When the battleplane concept was abandoned, it was unsuitable as a bomber and was abandoned.[15]
  14. The G.II was ordered from Roland but was cancelled before it was built.[15]
  15. The Type W was a D.I modified into seaplane form. Three were ordered but the first was found lacking and the other two were cancelled, and the survivor was relegated to training duties.[16]. Gray identifies it as the "Type WD" and assigns "Type W" to a license-built Albatros C.Ia on floats.[17]
  16. A prototype monoplane on floats intended to be built and disassembled from submarines.[18]
  1. Gray, p.158
  2. Nowarra, p.79.
  3. Gray'87, p.445.
  4. Gray'87, p.446.
  5. Gray'87, p.447.
  6. Gray'87, p.450.
  7. Gray'87, p.451.
  8. Gray'87, pp.454-455.
  9. Gray'87, pp.455-457.
  10. Gray'87, p.457.
  11. Gray'87, p.458.
  12. Gray'87, pp.459-460.
  13. Gray'87, pp.461-462.
  14. Gray'87, p.462.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Herris'14, pp.168-169.
  16. Grosz'94, p.4.
  17. Gray'87, p.464.
  18. Gray'87, p.465.
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • P M Grosz, Windsock Datafile 47: LFG Roland D.II. Great Britain, Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1994. ISBN 0-948414-62-6
  • Jack Herris, German G-Type Bombers of WWI. Aeronaut Books, 2014. ISBN 978-1-935881-26-1.
  • Heinz J. Nowarra, Bruce Robertson, and Peter G. Cooksley. Marine Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Letchworth, Herts, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1966. ISBN 0900435070
  • Jack Herris, Roland Aircraft of WWI: A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes. Aeronaut Books, 2014 ISBN 978-1935881209