Zeppelin-Staaken V.G.O. III
The third in the line of the Zeppelin Riesenflugzeug (Giant Aeroplanes) was the Zeppelin V.G.O. III. The first two in the line had been underpowered, so the VGO.III mounted six 160hp Mercedes D.III engines: two in each engine nacelle to drive a pusher propeller and two in the nose to drive a tractor propeller. Five machine guns were carried. When the R (Riesenflugzeug) category was formally created, the plane was renamed the R.III.  Like the R.I and R.II, it served on the Eastern Front with R.Fl.A. 500. 
|Zeppelin-Staaken V.G.O. III|
|Designer||Baumann, Klein, and Bosch |
|Wingspan||42.0 m (137 ft 8 in) |
|Engine||6×160hp Mercedes D.III inlines|
|Armament||five MGs |
910 kg (2,000 lb) of bombs
|Max Speed||120 km/h (75 mph)|
|Climb||2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 29:00 |
3,000 m (9,800 ft) in 56:00
|Ceiling||3,000 m (10,000 ft) |
For more information, see Wikipedia:Zeppelin-Staaken Riesenflugzeuge.
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