From Wings of Linen

Linke-Hofmann of Breslau was a railroad firm, but starting in 1916 they built licensed-copies of L.F.G. Roland and Albatros designs. They experimented with a couple of giant bombers in 1917-1919, but neither came to fruition.[1]

Prototype aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:


  1. The R.I (R.8/15) four-engine tall-fuselage design that was tested from Jan 1917 until it crashed on 10 May 1917.[2] Three more were planned, with R.40/16 reaching testing and R.41 and R.42 partial completion.[2]
  2. The R.II was a four-engine bomber that looked like an enormously-upscaled two-seater, with all four engines driving a single forward propeller. It is thought to have been the largest single-propeller plane ever built. R.55 flew in January 1919 but was soon abandoned. R.56 was almost completed but never flew.[3]
  1. Haddow'69, p.140.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Haddow'69, pp.140-145.
  3. Haddow'69, pp.146-151.
  • G.W. Haddow and Peter M. Grosz, The German Giants; The German R-Planes 1914-1918. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 2nd Ed., 1969. ISBN 9780370000374