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


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


Hardpoints: 4
Armament Suite:
STANDARD:
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.

OPTIONAL:
Up to 4,409lbs of bombs.


Variants:
V.G.O.I


V.G.O.II

V.G.O.III (R.III)

R.IV

R.V

R.VI

R.VII

R.XIV

R.XV

R.XVI (Av)

Type L

Type 8301


Operators:
Imperial Germany