|Introduction||Sept 1917 |
|Wingspan||42.0 m (137 ft 8 in) |
|Engine||5×240hp Maybach Mb.IV|
910 kg (2,000 lb) of bombs
|Max Speed||135 km/h (84 mph)|
|Climb||1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 11:00|
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 25:00
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 40:30-46:00
|Ceiling||4,600 m (15,100 ft) |
The Zeppelin-Staaken R.V was a Riesenflugzeug (Giant Aeroplane) accepted in September 1917. The engines in the R.V were mounted with one Maybach in the nose and tandem-mounted engines in the nacelles, which meant the machine gun positions were moved to the rear fuselage rather than the nacelles. An additional armed position sat at the top of the rear wing in the Swallow's Nest. The R.V took part in the bombing raids on London in January-March 1918.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Zeppelin-Staaken R.V.
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