Zeppelin-Staaken R.VI

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Zeppelin-Staaken R.VI
Zeppelin-Staaken R.VI photo1.jpg
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Zeppelin-Staaken
Introduction Sept 1917
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 18 [1]
Wingspan 42.1 m (138 ft 3 in) [2]
Engine 4×245hp Maybach Mb.IV or 260hp Mercedes D.IVa
Armament 4×Parabellum in nose, dorsal, and ventral positions
1,000–2,000 kg (2,200–4,400 lb) of bombs
Crew 7
Max Speed 130 km/h (81 mph)[3] to
135 km/h (84 mph)[4]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 10:00[2]
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 23:00[2]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 43:00[4][2]
Ceiling 3,800 m (12,500 ft)[3] to
4,320 m (14,200 ft)[4]
Endurance 7:00-10:00 [4][3]

The giant Riesenflugzeug bombers were marvels of their time. The only model to reach series production was the Zeppelin-Staaken R.VI, with the production load spread to Staaken (4), Aviatik (6), Schütte-Lanz (5), and O.A.W. (3).[5]

Two pilots shared flying responsibilities, aided by a radio operator and navigator directly to their rear. A mechanic sat between the wings and two gunners shared the aft position, with a ventral position in the floor for use as necessary. A nose gunner completed the crew. Starting in September 1917 they began bombing mission on both the U.K. and France with Risenflugzeugabteilung (Rfa) 500 and 501.

According to some, none of the R.VIs were lost due to enemy action.[1] Others attribute two losses to enemy fire and eight in crashes.[6][5]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Zeppelin-Staaken R.VI.

Game Data[edit]

Wings of Glory[edit]

Official Stats
Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
Maneuver.png Firing.png Damage.png Ceiling.png Climb.png
XA B/B/B/B/B 34 10 8

Miniatures and Models[edit]

1:144 Scale[edit]

1:200 Scale[edit]

1:300 Scale[edit]

References[edit]

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Gray, p.218.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Lamberton, pp.226-227.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Munson, p.84.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Gray, p.221.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Lamberton, p.154.
  6. Munson, p.159.
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.
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711