The first flight was in 1920. Dismantled in 1922.
|A three-view drawing (704 x 716)|
| ENGINE||4 x Maybach IVa, 190kW|
| Take-off weight||8500 kg||18739 lb|
| Wingspan||31.0 m||102 ft 8 in|
| Length||16.6 m||54 ft 6 in|
| Wing area||106.0 m2||1140.97 sq ft|
| Max. speed||230 km/h||143 mph|
| Cruise speed||211 km/h||131 mph|
| Range w/max.fuel||1200 km||746 miles|
For further information about this astonishing aircraft see Haddow & Grosz "German Giants", Putnam, 1988 and republished recently by Brassey, available on Amazon or Abe Books.
This plane was designed for raids carried out at the very end of the war. Used to replace zeppelins this plane has not been seen in action. But if raids occured this plane might be a succsesful bomber. Because of it's speed it might be able to level out cities in just a few hours. It was planned to be seen in action by 1920-1921. It was able to outrun all allied fighters.
Designed in 1917, the Staaken E-4 was a stressed metal monocoque fuselage canatlevered monoplane 4 engined passenger aircraft with galley, w.c., baggage stowage and full communications. The most advanced aircraft of its time. Completed after the armisitice and extensively tested by the Allies who ordered it destroyed because of its potential as a bomber - it was faster than any Allied fighter of the day. The E-4's design philosophy can be seen again 20 years later in large civilian transport aircraft of the late 1930s and even the 1940s. For further information about this astonishing aircraft see Haddow & Grosz "German Giants", Putnam, 1988 and republished recently by Brassey, available on Amazon or Abe Books.
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