BILL McBRIDE COLLECTION
No. 8989. L.F.G. Roland G.I German Army Air Service
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L.F.G. Roland G.I

05/31/2009. Remarks by Kees Kort: "The sole example of this experimental type appeared early in 1915 and was designed by Luft-Fahrzeug-Gesellschaft (L.F.G., Aircraft Company) commonly known by its trade name Roland. Contrary to the aircraft classification then in use by the German forces it was designated in the G-types, reserved for two-engined machines.

In reality the G.I was powered by a single 245 hp Maybach engine, which was mounted in the fuselage, driving two pusher propellers via chains. Big radiators for cooling of the engine were mounted on both sides of the fuselage. The machine had a two-men crew, with the observer/gunner in the front handling a Parabellum machine gun. The machine was quite large with a span of 98 ft 9 in (30.1 m), length of 52 ft 2 in (15.9 m) and loaded weight of 9,478 lb (4,300 kg)."

Created May 31, 2009