|Designer||Graf von Zeppelin|
|First flight||25 July 1918|
|Developed from||Zeppelin-Staaken R.XIV|
The Zeppelin-Staaken R.XV was an Imperial German bomber of World War I. An incremental improvement to the Zeppelin-Staaken R.VI, this was one of a series of large strategic bombers called Riesenflugzeuge, intended to be less vulnerable than dirigibles in use at the time.
Almost identical to the R.XIV, the R.XV had a lighter airframe and more refined aerodynamics, in an effort to improve performance. Three aircraft were ordered, (R.46 to R.48), all three being completed by 1 September 1918.
As with most Zeppelin Riesenflugzeuge, the R.XV had two engine pods with four engines in a push-pull configuration, large enough for some inflight maintenance. Additional power was provided by a fifth engine mounted in the nose of the aircraft.
At least two of the R.XVs built saw action on the Western Front, late in 1918.
Specifications (Zeppelin-Staaken R.XV)
Data from The German Giants
- Crew: seven
- Length: 22.5 m (73 ft 10 in)
- Wingspan: 42.2 m (138 ft 5 in)
- Height: 6.3 m (20 ft 8 in)
- Wing area: 334 m2 (3,600 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 7,921 kg (17,463 lb)
- Gross weight: 14,450 kg (31,857 lb)
- Powerplant: 5 × Maybach Mb.IVa 6-cyl. water-cooled in-line piston engines, 183 kW (245 hp) each
- Cruise speed: 130 km/h (81 mph; 70 kn)
- Range: 800 km (497 mi; 432 nmi)
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- A. K. Rohrbach, “Das 1000-PS Verkehrsflugzeug der Zeppelin-Werke, Staaken,” Zeitschrift für Flugtechnik und Motorluftschiffahrt, vol. 12, no. 1 (15 January 1921);
- E. Offermann, W. G. Noack, and A. R. Weyl, Riesenflugzeuge, in: Handbuch der Flugzeugkunde (Richard Carl Schmidt & Co., 1927).
- The German Giants by G.W. Haddow and Peter M. Grosz.