Zeppelin-Staaken R.XVI

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Zeppelin-Staaken R.XVI
Zeppelin-Staaken R.XVI WW1bomber 2.jpg
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Zeppelin-Staaken
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 1 [1]
Wingspan 42.0 m (137 ft 8 in) [2]
Engine 2×220hp Benz Bz.IV and
2×550hp Benz Bz.VI engines [3]
Armament 4-5 MGs
2,000 kg (4,500 lb) [2] of bombs
Max Speed 130 km/h (81 mph)[3] - 135 km/h (84 mph)[2]
Climb 3,700 m (12,200 ft) in 76:30[2]
Ceiling 3,710 m (12,200 ft)[3][2]

The Zeppelin-Staaken R.XVI was a Riesenflugzeug (Giant Aeroplane) completed by Aviatik in October 1918. The new massive 530hp Benz Bz.VI was used, and three R.XVIs were ordered, R49 to R51. R49 was completed in October 1918 but smashed its landing gear on a test flight. R50 was completed after the war as a civil machine and R51 was never completed.

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

References[edit]

Citations
  1. Munson, p.160.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Lamberton, pp.226-227.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Gray, p.588.
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