First flown in mid-1917, the Zeppelin-Staaken R VI,
with 18 examples built, was to be by far the most numerous of
the giant, long ranged R-planes. Powered either by four 245hp
Maybach Mb IVs, or four 260hp Mercedes D IVa engines,
mounted back to back in twin nacelles to drive two pusher and
two tractor propellers, the R VI's top level speed was 135km/h,
while its normal range with a 1000kg bomb load was around
880km. Delivered to Rf Abt 501, by now transferred to the
Western Front, the RVIs sometimes operated alongside their
smaller G type bretheren in raids against the English mainland
and more distant French ports and cities.The Navy operated a
sole, float-equipped example of this bomber under the designation
Zeppelin-Staaken Type L, serialled 1432.
| ENGINE||4 x Maybach Mb.IV, 183kW|
| Take-off weight||11848 kg||26121 lb|
| Empty weight||7921 kg||17463 lb|
| Wingspan||42.2 m||138 ft 5 in|
| Length||22.1 m||73 ft 6 in|
| Height||6.3 m||21 ft 8 in|
| Wing area||332 m2||3573.61 sq ft|
| Max. speed||135 km/h||84 mph|
| Ceiling||4320 m||14150 ft|
| Range||800 km||497 miles|
| ARMAMENT||4 x 7.92mm machine-guns, 2000kg of bombs|
I want to make a 1/72 scale of the Zeppelin Staaken RVI, but I did not find plans or cutaway of this. I KNOW THERE IS A RODEN'S KIT OF THIS AIRCRAFT, I want to make this from zero...Could someone send links or information? thanks!
If you would allow me to use this in the book/exhibition, what would be the costs involved, and what form of acknowledgement would you require
i am looking into doing a model version say a 100 inch wingspan. does anyone know where i could get plans?
In response to John's posting, please look at the Zeppelin-Straken R.XV which can be found elsewhere on this site. This aircraft had 5 engines and there were other examples of aircraft with 5 engines during this period.
I have in my possession a very interesting diary written by my brother in law's mother of her time as a nurse in France during WW1. She describes seeing shot down in Villers-Brocage in August 1918 a five engined German bomber with a crew of seven that she descibes as having 1300HP and it was a Frederichs Haven Bomber. I think she's talking about a Friedrichshafen - but also possibly the Zeppelin Staaken - I can't find any reference to a five engined bomber in WW1 on the net - is she mistaken? Thanks for any replies
|Juergen Lachmann, 20.04.2009|
I am in possession of a original propeller of this unbelievable aircraft, the only other known part is an engine gondola at the Krakow Aviation Museum.
One of my favorite WWI bombers.I suppose it´s my 2nd favorite.
I also want to know how´s the inside.
|ken crowe, 01.01.2008|
I am preparing a book/exhibition for Southend Museum (England) on my area in the First World War. I was wondering if you could supply a high resolution copy of the photo of the Zeppelin Staaken that appears on your web site? If you would allow me to use this in the book/exhibition, what would be the costs involved, and what form of acknowledgement would you require?
Very many thanks, and best wishes for the new year.
I want to see the inside!
Do any technical drawings for the R VI still exist ?
show the date and author
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?