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Rohrbach Ro.VIII Roland


A the three-engined version of the Farman Jabiru, the first flight was by D-991 (Werk Nr 18) on the 5th September 1926. It went to Iberia, as M-CAAC, later that year along with the second aircraft D-999 (Werk Nr 19) identified as M-CBBB. Both these aircraft were Mark I and were used on the Madrid - Barcelona route until August 1928 when they were returned to DHL. Six examples were operated by Deutsche Luft Hansa

There were effectively three marks: I, Ia, and II.

The Ia and II used the BMW Va engine, the Roland II of 1929 having an increased wing span of 26.3m and a maximum take off weight of 6615kg (14553lb). The maximum speed was increased to 225km/h (140 mph), the service ceiling was increased from 4,300m to 4,600m (15,100 ft). Both types were high-wing tri-motor monoplanes

A total of 18 of all models was produced with some flying well into the late 1930's.

The last to be produced (Roland II Werk Nr50) was later registered D-ANAX. It was used by DLH until 1934 and then went to DVS.

Ro VIII Roland

Engine: 3 x BMW IV, 239kW
Max take-off weight: 5265 kg / 11607 lb
Wingspan: 26.0 m / 85 ft 4 in
Length: 16.3 m / 54 ft 6 in
Height: 4.5 m / 15 ft 9 in
Wing area: 88.0 sq.m / 947.22 sq ft
Max. speed: 195 km/h / 121 mph
Ceiling: 4600m
Range w/max.payload: 925 km / 575 miles
Crew: 2
Passengers: 10


Rohrbach Ro VIII Roland



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