|R.V 13/15, shown with two-bladed propeller on the nose engine.|
|Designer||Graf von Zeppelin|
|Variants||Zeppelin-Staaken R.VII, Zeppelin-Staaken R.XIV, Zeppelin-Staaken R.XV, Zeppelin-Staaken R.XVI,|
In 1916, Zeppelin moved development of large bombers to Staaken, Germany. The R.V was co-developed alongside the R.VI and R.VII. The R.V had two engine pods, each with two engines paired in tandem, driving single propellers through clutches, gearboxes and shafts. An additional tractor engine was also fitted in the nose of the fuselage. The pods were large enough for some inflight maintenance. The Model R.IV was selected for production, rather than the R.V, because the geared and clutched engines posed a higher developmental risk. Each R-series aircraft required a ground-crew of 50.
The sole R.V (R.V 13/15) was accepted into service with Rfa 501 (Riesenflugzeug Abteilung 501) on 23 December 1917, after a protracted development period, due to teething troubles with the engine transmission systems. After an initial operational mission on 25 January 1918, fifteen further operational missions were flown in eight months of service, before an emergency landing in fog ended its career on 18 October 1918.
- German Empire
- Rfa 501
Specifications (Zeppelin-Staaken R.V)
Data from 
- Crew: seven
- Length: 23 m (75 ft 6 in)
- Wingspan: 42.2 m (138 ft 5 in)
- Height: 6.3 m (20 ft 8 in)
- Wing area: 332 m2 (3,570 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 9,450 kg (20,834 lb)
- Gross weight: 13,010 kg (28,682 lb)
- Useful load: 3,560 kg (7,850 lb)
- Powerplant: 5 × Maybach Mb.IVa 6-cyl. water-cooled in-line piston engines, 183 kW (245 hp) each
- Maximum speed: 135 km/h (84 mph, 73 kn)
- Endurance: 7 hours
- Service ceiling: 4,500 m (14,800 ft) approx.
- Time to altitude:
- 1,000 m (3,300 ft) in 10 minutes.
- 2,000 m (6,600 ft) in 22 minutes.
- 3,000 m (9,800 ft) in 34 minutes.
- Wing loading: 42 kg/m2 (8.6 lb/sq ft)
- Guns: 5 x machine-guns in dorsal, ventral, upper wing and two nacelle positions
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- Offermann, W. G., E.; Noack; Weyl, A. R. (1927). Riesenflugzeuge. Handbuch der Flugzeugkunde. Richard Carl Schmidt & Co.
- Haddow, G.W.; Grosz, Peter M. The German Giants. London: Putnam.
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