Zeppelin-Staaken R.XV

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Zeppelin-Staaken R.XV
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Zeppelin-Staaken
Introduction 1918
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 3 [1]
Wingspan 42.0 m (137 ft 8 in) [2]
Engine 5×245hp Maybach Mb.IVs
Armament five MGs [3]
2,000 kg (4,500 lb)[2] of bombs
Max Speed 130 km/h (81 mph)[4]
Climb 3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 70:00[3]

The three Zeppelin-Staaken R.XV Riesenflugzeug (Giant Aeroplanes) were probably too late to see operational service. Since the engines were mounted in tandem in a push-pull arrangement, the gunners were placed in the fuselage rather than the rear of the engine nacelles.

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


  1. Munson, p.158.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lamberton, pp.226-227.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Gray, p.585.
  4. Gray, p.587.
  • 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