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The largest bomber in service on the Western Front during the Great War, the Zeppelin Staaken R.VI was powered by two pairs of back-to-back engines. It was the first German bomber to carry 2,200 pound bombs and made numerous raids over Great Britain. Of eighteen R.VI bombers produced during the war, only one of them was produced by Zeppelin Werke Staaken and none of them were lost to enemy fire.
Zeppelin Staaken R.VI Specifications
Country: Germany
Manufacturers: Zeppelin Werke Staaken (1)
Automobil und Aviatik (6)
Ostdeutsche Albatros-Werke (4)
Luftfahrzeugbau Schütte-Lanz (7)
Type: Heavy bomber
First Introduced: June 1917
Number Built: 18
Engines: Four Mayback Mb.IV inline, 245 hp
Four Mercedes D IVa, 6-cylinder, liquid cooled inline, 260 hp
Wing Span: 138 ft 5 in (42.2 m)
Length: 72 ft 6¼ in (22.1 m)
Height: 20 ft 8 in (6.3 m)
Empty Weight:  
Gross Weight: 26,066 lb
Max Speed: 80 mph (129 km/h) at sea level
Ceiling: 14,173 ft (4,320 m)
Endurance: 7-10 hours
Crew: 7
Armament: 4-7 machine guns
1,650-4,400 lb of bombs
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