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][2]
Wingspan 42.1 m (138 ft 3 in) [3] - 42.2 m (138 ft)[4]
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)[5][4] to
135 km/h (84 mph)[6]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 10:00[3]
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 23:00[3]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 43:00[6][3]
Ceiling 3,800 m (12,500 ft)[5][4] to
4,320 m (14,200 ft)[6][note 1]
Endurance 7:00-8:00[4] to 10:00 [6][5]

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).[7]

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.[8][7]

R.VIs made 52 raids on London, dropping 2772 bombs of 196 tonnes in total weight.[2]

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

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Official Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb Points
Sep17-end XA B/B/B/B/B 34 10 8 239

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:200 Scale

1:300 Scale

References

Notes
  1. Two were equipped with superchargers, increasing the fully-loaded ceiling to 6,000 m (19,700 ft).[2]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Gray, p.218.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Angelucci, p.78.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Lamberton, pp.226-227.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Angelucci, p.70.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Munson, p.84.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Gray, p.221.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Lamberton, p.154.
  8. Munson, p.159.
Bibliography
  • Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
  • 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. ISBN 9780900435027
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711