Siemens-Schuckert R.I and successor aircraft

During the First World War, the Siemens Schuckert Werke built one aircraft of each type, from the Siemens Schuckert R.I to the Siemens Schuckert R.VIII, but only six of them were brought to the front and used there.

 

Development and construction:

As early as 1914, the first heavy aircraft was built in the Siemens-Schuckert-Werke company, with the designers based on the Russian Sikorsky Ilja Muromez. The big drawback to the prototype was the weak 110 hp engines that were not sufficient for such large aircraft. In 1915, at least two of the engines were replaced by 220 hp strong, but the speed could only be increased by 5 km / h.

Based on the first prototype, the constructors brothers Steffen developed the prototype of the Siemens Schuckert R.I. However, this had only three Benz Bz III engines with 150 hp also had the aircraft in the rear of the fuselage two superimposed tail boom. The first flight took place on May 24, 1915.

 

Following the delivery of the R.I to the front, the R.II and R.III were subsequently built, which had more powerful engines and larger wings. These two aircraft were not intended for the front but should serve for the training of pilots.

 

The other models from the Siemens Schuckert R.IV to the Siemens Schuckert R.VII had only changes to the engine and the wings, but otherwise remained quite similar.

 

Siemens-Schuckert R.VI

 

Siemens-Schuckert R.VI

 

The Siemens Schuckert R.VIII, which had begun at the end of the war and would have become the largest aircraft of the war with six engines, could no longer be completed due to the capitulation.

 

Siemens-Schuckert R.VIII

 

 

 

Use in the First World War:

Except for the Siemens Schuckert R.II and R.III, which were used only for training, the other aircraft were brought to the front in the Balkans and used there.

All aircraft remained there until the end of the war.

 

 

 

Technical specifications:

Designation: Siemens-Schuckert R.I
Country: German Empire
Typ: Bomber
Length: 17,5 meters
Span: 28 meters
Height: 5,2 meters
Mass: 4000 kg empty
Crew: Max. 6
Engine: three water-cooled 6-cylinder in-line engines Benz Bz III with each 150 hp
Maximum speed: 128 km/h
Reach: 520 kilometers
Armament: 1 x 7,92 mm Parabellum LMG 08/15 machine gun and up to 500 kg bombs

 

 

 

Designation: Siemens-Schuckert R.II
Country: German Empire
Typ: Bomber
Length: 16,5 meters
Span: 33 meters
Height: 5,2 meters
Mass: 5350 kg empty
Crew: Max. 6
Engine: three water-cooled 6-cylinder inline engines Mercedes D IVa with each 260 hp
Maximum speed: 130 km/h
Reach: 520 kilometers
Armament: 1 x 7,92 mm Parabellum LMG 08/15 machine gun and up to 500 kg bombs

 

 

 

Designation: Siemens-Schuckert R.III
Country: German Empire
Typ: Bomber
Length: 17,7 meters
Span: 34,33 meters
Height: 4,6 meters
Mass: 5400 kg empty
Crew: Max. 4
Engine: three water-cooled 6-cylinder inline engines Benz Bz IV with each 220 hp
Maximum speed: 132 km/h
Reach: 520 kilometers
Armament: 3 x 7,92 mm Parabellum LMG 08/15 machine guns and up to 500 kg bombs

 

 

 

Designation: Siemens-Schuckert R.IV
Country: German Empire
Typ: Bomber
Length: 17,7 meters
Span: 34,33 meters
Height: 4,6 meters
Mass: 5450 kg empty
Crew: Max. 4
Engine: three water-cooled 6-cylinder inline engines Benz Bz IV with each 220 hp
Maximum speed: 132 km/h
Reach: 500 kilometers
Armament: 3 x 7,92 mm Parabellum LMG 08/15 machine guns and up to 500 kg bombs

 

 

 

Designation: Siemens-Schuckert R.V und VI
Country: German Empire
Typ: Bomber
Length: 17,7 meters
Span: 34,33 meters
Height: 4,6 meters
Mass: 5400 kg empty
Crew: Max. 4
Engine: three water-cooled 6-cylinder inline engines Benz Bz IV with each 220 hp
Maximum speed: 132 km/h
Reach: 520 kilometers
Armament: 3 x 7,92 mm Parabellum LMG 08/15 machine guns and up to 500 kg bombs

 

 

 

Designation: Siemens-Schuckert R.VII
Country: German Empire
Typ: Bomber
Length: 17,5 meters
Span: 38,4 meters
Height: 4,6 meters
Mass: 5700 kg empty
Crew: Max. 4
Engine: three water-cooled 6-cylinder inline engines Mercedes D IVai with each 260 hp
Maximum speed: 130 km/h
Reach: 520 kilometers
Armament: 3 x 7,92 mm Parabellum LMG 08/15 machine guns and up to 500 kg bombs

 

 

 

Designation: Siemens-Schuckert R.VIII
Country: German Empire
Typ: Bomber
Length: 21,6 meters
Span: 48 meters
Height: 7,4 meters
Mass: 10500 kg empty
Crew: Max. 7
Engine: six water-cooled 6-cylinder in-line engines Basse & Selve BuS IVa with each 300 hp
Maximum speed: 125 km/h
Reach: 920 kilometers
Armament: 6 x 7,92 mm Parabellum LMG 08/15 machine guns and up to 800 kg bombs

 

 

 

 

 

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