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Zeppelin-Staaken R.VI Heavy Bomber (1917)

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The Zeppelin-Staaken Z-series of heavy bombers were the largest such aircraft to serve in World War 1, these with the German Air Service.

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Specifications for the
Zeppelin-Staaken R.VI
Heavy Bomber

Focus Model: Zeppelin-Staaken R.VI
Country of Origin: Imperial Germany
Manufacturer: Zeppelin-Staaken - Germany
Initial Year of Service: 1917
Production: 18

Crew: 7

Length: 72.51 ft (22.1 m)
Width: 138.45 ft (42.20 m)
Height: 20.67ft (6.30 m)
Weight (Empty): 17,463 lb (7,921 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 26,120 lb (11,848 kg)

Powerplant: 4 x Mercedes D.IVa 6-cylinder inline piston engines delivering 260 horsepower each OR 4 x Maybach Mb.IVa piston engines of 245 horsepower each; arranged as two pusher and two puller engine pairs.

Maximum Speed: 84 mph (135kmh; 73 kts)
Maximum Range: 497 miles (800km)
Service Ceiling: 14,108 ft (4,300 m; 2.7 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 350 feet-per-minute (107 m/min)

Hardpoints: 4
Armament Suite:
1 x 7.92mm Parabellum machine gun in trainable nose position.
1 x 7.92mm Parabellum machine gun in trainable upper wing pulpit position.
1 x 7.92mm Parabellum machine gun in rear fuselage cockpit on flexible mount.
1 x 7.92mm Parabellum machine gun in rear ventral position.

Up to 4,409lbs of bombs.










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