Zeppelin-Werke Lindau GmbH
Zeppelin-Werke Staaken GmbH
This company was established under the patronage of Graf von Zeppelin, located formerly at Gotha, to design and construct aircraft with Claudius Dornier as chief designer, the Riesenflugzeug (giant aeroplane) "R" series bombers. The company's first product, the Rs I multi-engined flying-boat, was wrecked before its first flight, but three differing examples were developed progressively, designated Rs II, Rs III, and Rs IV.
The Staaken design team evolved four-, five- and six-engined bombers, leading to the four-engined R.VI which was built by Automobil and Aviatik, Ostdeutsche Albatros Werke and Luftfahrzeugbau Schütte-Lanz and carried out successful raids against Allied territory, dropping bombs as large as 1,000kg. A floatplane version of the R.VI, the Staaken L, was wrecked during trials in 1918.
Other aircraft built by Zeppelin-Lindau included the C.I, C.II, D.I and VI biplanes, and Cs.I two-seat monoplane seaplane. Developed the Gs.I commercial flying-boat after the Armistice, which was broken up on the instructions of the Allied Control Commission. An advanced four-engined all-metal monoplane airliner, the E.4/20, flew successfully in 1920 but was then destroyed by order of the Allied Control Commission under the terms of the Armistice.
In 1922 the company was renamed Dornier GmbH.