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Zeppelin-Staaken V.G.O. I
Zeppelin-Staaken VGO-I.jpg
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Zeppelin-Staaken
Designer Baumann, Klein, and Bosch [1]
First flight 11 Apr 1915 [2][1]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 1
Variants VGO.II, VGO.III
Wingspan 42.0 m (137 ft 8 in) [3]
Engine 3×240hp Maybach Mb.IVs or
5×245hp Maybach
Armament 2× double Parabellum[note 1]
910 kg (2,000 lb)[3] of bombs
Max Speed 110 km/h (68 mph)[4][note 2]
Climb 2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 39:00[4]
Ceiling 3,000 m (10,000 ft) [3]

The Zeppelin-Staaken V.G.O. I was the first of the Riesenflugzeug (giant airplanes) from the firm. Before moving to Staaken in 1916, the design was carried out at Versuchsbau Gotha-Ost (East Gotha Experimental Works), from which the V.G.O. name derives. After testing, the first V.G.O. was re-designated the R.M.L.I and it was used by the German Navy on the Eastern Front. By late 1916 the plane and the Zeppelin-Staaken V.G.O. II were assigned to Riesenflugzeugabteilung 500. The V.G.O.I was refitted with five 245hp Maybach engines in December 1915, which it needed since it was underpowered. But while on testing with the new engines it crashed. [2]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Zeppelin-Staaken Riesenflugzeuge.


  1. At the front of each engine nacelle.
  2. Speed was increased to 130 km/h (81 mph) in the five-engine version.[4]
  1. 1.0 1.1 Lamberton, p.154.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Munson, p.158.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Lamberton, pp.226-227.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Gray, p.582.
  • 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