04/30/2007. In 1914 Count Zeppelin ordered Riesenflugzeugen (giant aircraft) to be designed, entrusting the design for a flying-boat to Dipl.-Ing. Dornier, and for a landplane bomber to Prof. Baumann.
Design of the landplane, designated V.G.O. I, began in September 1914.
In November the construction started at the hired Gothaer Waggonfabrik,
the company was named Versuchsbau Gotha-Ost (East Gotha Experimental
Works). Powered by three 240 hp Maybach engines, the bomber made its
first flight on April 11, 1915. It was followed by the V.G.O. II of
The third design was the V.G.O. III, in mid-1916 redesignated
Zeppelin-Staaken R.III when the design and production was transferred
to a new factory at Staaken, a suburb of Berlin. The R.III was powered
by six paired 160 hp Mercedes D III engines driving two pusher and one
tractor propellor. Armed with five machine guns it saw service at the